For our ‘Best Of’ series, we will be featuring lists of the best places to eat, drink, exercise, entertain and live. With the weather warming up again, and people looking to shake-off their sleepy, winter fogs, a lot of people are flocking outdoors to revel in the warmth of the much-missed sun. Nothing goes with that warm sun-kissed patio like the refreshing taste of a cold beer. As a result, we will be featuring the best patios in Liberty Village.
There is no question that patios are hugely popular for people looking to eat and drink al fresco – and Liberty Village has some great options. So without further adieu, here are some of the best patios in Liberty Village:
As far as pub patios go, Brazen Head offers up some of the best. Brazen Head is a 3-storey Irish-themed pub which was one of Liberty Village’s first mega-pubs. Owned by the same people as the Mill Street Brewery and Pub, the Foggy Dew and others, they clearly know what they are doing in the world of pubs.
This place is jam-packed on warm weekday evenings and all weekend and the patios are a huge draw. With one giant Patio on the first floor, two patios on Second floor, another patio on Third floor. The 2nd floor patio has amazing views from second floor, nothing on the way, so you see whole CN Tower glowing n financial district.
Note: The patios get scary busy on Toronto FC game days so expect a wait. The patios won’t always get sun evenly so make sure you get there early or you will be sitting in the shade which sometimes defeats the point of an outdoor patio.
Giving the established Brazen Head a run for its patio-dominating money is the relatively newer Williams Landing across the street from the ever-popular
Brazen Head; Williams Landing has settled into Liberty Village and its massive second-floor patio will rival its neighbour for TFC fans and Liberty Village dwellers alike. William’s Landing’s patio, is anchored by a huge open-air bar, overlooks the Liberty Market, and is the new focal point of the village.
With 16 beers on tap, 11 by the bottle and a dozen wines by the glass, the patio bar offers something for everyone and caters to those looking for adult refreshment on a hot summer evening.
School Bakery and Cafe took over the old Warehouse Grill back in 2009 and has maintained its position as a popular lunch and brunch destination ever since. Although not quite as boisterous and sun-splashed as the previous patios reviewed, School has two patios – one south facing and mostly enclosed; and the other on the east side that extends out from the giant retractable garage-like doors. The best time to go is around lunchtime any day of the week for the best scenery and sun. The back patio has its own bar and is completely enclosed with trees and banquettes. The east patio has less seating but is completely open, making it a much better option for people watching – let’s face it, people-watching is a big draw for patios!
Although not the largest, busiest or loudest of Liberty Village’s patios, Bar Vespa does have a unique setting in that it sits on the ground-floor of an entrance to the Liberty Market Building. This setting gives the feeling that you could, quite possibly be sipping a drink in Florence or Paris. The cobblestones and heritage architecture is not a patio environment you see everyday in downtown Toronto. I also like that it’s a little calmer and laid back than it’s sister’s patio, next door at Brazen Head. They also offer outdoor heaters on those cooler evenings.
Ok – I may be looking into the future here seeing as there is still a lot of work to do before Claudio Aprile’s Origin Liberty is even open for business BUT I am calling it now. Origin Liberty will have a great patio which, weather permitting, will be bursting at its seams in no time. Due to open in April, Aprile’s Origin Liberty is set to become a destination restaurant in Liberty Village. The original Origin (Church/King St E) is a rave with foodies, scenesters and critics alike and there is no reason why the soon-to-open Liberty destination will be any different. I will review the actual patio layout as soon as it’s complete.