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Three rooftop bars a short walk from your condo (and the snow isn’t falling yet, so go!)

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Condo residents living in Toronto’s downtown neighbourhoods such as CityPlace and the Entertainment District, to name two, are just mere steps away from these three rooftop bars with a view. Walking there will take you to any of them in 20 minutes top.

Ah, the Thompson Hotel. A Toronto staple if you’re looking for unforgettable views of the city’s skyline and lake. There are comfy cabanas with stylish and poufy pillows, and heat lamps, making a rooftop visit likely to creep into an all-night event. The rooftop is open to the public Thursdays through Sundays from 5 p.m. onward.

Their cocktails run between $18-$22. If you’re looking for something even pricier, don’t worry — there are what The Thompson calls “baller cocktails,” including three drinks — $95 margarita, and two versions of a Hennessy cocktail mixed with Moet (what else?); one for $75 and one for $120. With prices like that, it only makes sense that their website says “smart evening attire required.” With a glistening infinity pool on the roof, you may want to incorporate some slip-off shoes with that attire. The bar does get busy, so call ahead to request placement on the guest list.
550 Wellington St. W.

The newer of the must-be-seen-at rooftop hotel bars, Lavelle is on the 16th floor with 16,000 square feet of space, and simply seems like a dream.

It has a luxurious infinity pool and cabanas, heat lamps, and breathtaking views of the Toronto skyline. But more than all that (why do we even need more, again?), there’s food that must be tried. The chef Roman Avril has worked at Michelin star restaurants. The menu features classics such as brunch, steak frites, and halibut. If indulging is your thing, invite me, and we’ll try the 10-course sample menu for $125 with wine pairings starting at $60. If seafood is more you’re thing, I’m still available, and a platter will run you $96. What are you waiting for? Well, if you want to eat outside, you’ll have to wait until the temperatures go back up in the new year. For now, the rooftop won’t serve food or drinks — but if you’re inside and want to sip on a beverage on the roof, that’s allowed. Otherwise full service on the rooftop won’t be back in full swing until 2018.
627 King St. W.

Kōst sits atop the newest venue on this list, the Bisha Hotel, and Residences. The rooftop restaurant has those panoramic skyline and lake views you’ve now come to expect.

The patio features with wicker chairs and an infinity pool — but this time on the 44th floor. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served, featuring Bajan and Mexican flavours. Unsurprisingly, seafood and salads are on the menu, but so are trendy items — yes, that I admit I love — acai bowls and avocado toast.
80 Blue Jays Way

October is proving to be the summer-iest season Toronto has seen lately, with sunny skies and temperatures in the 20s. A farewell-to-summer tour of all the rooftop patios this weekend is surely the best way to commemorate.

 

 

Diana Pereira

Diana Pereira is a journalist, a university journalism teacher, a world traveller, a fair-weather kayaker, and a frequent bruncher. She's working on her mermaid status, travelling to as many countries as she can that include a body of water and when she's home in Toronto, you can find her in a kayak on Lake Ontario.