Picture it: it's a warm summer evening. The string lights and stars are glittering. Snatches of laughter and song fill the air as you sip on a full-bodied glass of Cabernet Sauvignon. It's getting late, but you're pumped up and know the night has just begun. You’ve got nowhere else to be but here - no emails to answer, no draining Zoom meetings to attend. If the lockdown felt like it lasted forever, we have two glorious words for you: patio season.
This summer may be a little different, but with some guidance on where to go for good eats, signature drinks and aesthetic ambiance, you’ll be sure to have a blast. New to London? We’ve got you. If you’re a local, you may be familiar with some of these nightlife patios, but have you been to them all? Support one of your tried-and-trues or try something new!
What’s your favourite nightlife spot? Let us know by tagging us at @tourismlondon on Facebook and Instagram! Snap a pic of your idea of patio perfection and use #ExploreLdnOnt for the chance to be featured on our website. Stay tuned for future Patio Season blog installments!
Joe Kool’s specializes in real food made in-house with a variety of options available at lunch and dinner. Don’t miss out on their Kitchen Sink Pizza, which is one of the most popular dishes for the past 38 years. Joe Kool’s is a London favourite, with a patio and nightlife scene that attracts people of all ages. Right next door from Joe Kool’s is Toboggan Brewing Co. Toboggan Brewing Co. serves up delicious pub fare, such as their carne pizza and street tacos. Their patio is warm, inviting and appealing to any age group. What makes it unique? Toboggan features an onsite brewery plus a pub, store, live entertainment venue and restaurant all in one.
Based off their success of last year, Bud's Brew Garden is back this summer, open every Friday from 5:00 - 11:00 p.m. A tasty menu for food and drinks can be enjoyed just steps away from where some of your favourite performers and teams have played! Eat outside under the lights and enjoy some live music every week. Stay updated on their Instagram for a schedule of weekly performers.
Wink’s Eatery patio offers casual dining with pub-style food. Their large menu is popular for their chicken wings, nachos, wraps, salads, shareables and veggie options. Their patio is intimate and secluded, located just off the main strip on the corner of Albert and Richmond Streets, and features beautiful lighting, lattice for added privacy, umbrellas and seating. With live music, karaoke nights and events like Rock'n'Roll Bingo and trivia, Wink's always deliver a good time! In need of brunch after a night out? Wink's has you covered for that, too! A Caesar and their famous breakfast poutine will hit the spot.
Union Ten Distilling Co. is known for its award-winning, stone-fired pizzas, naturally crafted spirits and for being London’s only sand beach patio! The atmosphere has the feeling of a warm summer night in Muskoka with their picnic tables, Muskoka chairs and fire pits. Dip your toes in the sand as you sip on a fruity house-made cocktail under the light of the moon. Union Ten's spirits are distilled in small batches right onsite. Wanting to enjoy the smooth taste of their local artisan spirits at home? Purchase a cocktail kit, mixes and syrups, or a bottle of whatever lifts your spirits and get it to go!
London Brewing is one of only two organic breweries in Ontario. For cuisine, they have rotating pop-ups partnering with a variety of restaurants and food trucks serving up delicious food for any palette. The patio feels laid back, inclusive, fun and family-friendly, where you can enjoy a craft beer, stunning outdoor art murals and the musical stylings of incredible local performers. With the addition of more picnic tables, new Muskoka chairs, lounge chairs and bigger tables more people can enjoy this great spot. Their back patio is covered, heated, winterproof and rainproof making patio season all-season!
Powerhouse Brewing Company carries on the legacy of our London-strong manufacturing roots, infused with a little modern power-up. Powerhouse serves up chill vibes, cool nights and cold brews. Their menu features a tasty twist on classic brewpub fare with popular items such as Powerhouse smoked chicken wings, pulled pork and brisket sandwiches. The patio is perfect for everyone: dads, moms, kids and even dogs; the perfect neighborhood patio! The large patio atmosphere is warm and lively with a covered tent area, heaters and music always playing. Live music on Thursdays and DJs on Fridays and Saturdays complete the patio experience!
Paradigm Spirits Co. is a craft distillery producing spirits from repurposed grains formerly used by Kellogg at their iconic destination. A highly curated cocktail menu, most featuring Paradigm whisky, gin and vodka, along with an upscale food and shareables menu await. The first floor comprises of the beautiful production distillery, a tasting room, cocktail bar and a covered patio along with a retail shop. The second story includes a private event space, a heated balcony and kitchen. The patio is Moroccan inspired and upscale but still casual and comfortable.
Rated the best outdoor patio 10 years running, Barney's and The Ceeps is an institution in Downtown London. This spacious outdoor patio, open every day at noon was renovated to create a vibrant destination for those who appreciate nightlife with style and where many go to see and be seen! It's the perfect place to kick back and enjoy a pitcher of sangria or their signature Frank Sinatra cocktail. To find out more on why theirs is one of the Forest City's most popular patios, check out this Patio Season blog installment.
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