Rave: long weekend

The first long weekend of spring! You can practically taste the beer on the patio now.

Whether you celebrate this time with Easter eggs, Matzoh balls, splashing colour on someone’s face or some other way, enjoy this day off by taking a walk outside, scout out some crocuses and be thankful that it seems (fingers crossed) that the snow is gone for the year.

City Living: Outdoor Decor

With this summer heat wave upon us, there is nothing we like better than to chill en plein air with a refreshing glass of lemonade (preferably our Lazy Days kind) and a fashion magazine in hand. But it’s hard to imagine your backyard as a summery oasis when you are perched on a rickety plastic patio set. 

In June, King Street East became even more stylish with the opening of the chic casual furniture store, Fiber Living. With the help of owners Ion Nicolae and Michael Guerra, who both hand-pick all pieces in the beautiful shop, you’ll be sitting pretty without breaking the bank. 
One-stop shopping spot for your backyard beautifiers.
Here are the top items we want in our outdoor space:

Outdoor Fireplaces
Summer conjures up memories of crackling fires, camp sing-alongs and gooey s’mores. The fireplaces ($5900) from Magnificô Innovation are a perfect investment piece for your outdoor space in the city. These warming wonders are made in Canada, with sliding doors that open should the need to roast marshmallows arise. Cozy up to your cutie and relive the days of camp flings without battling hours of traffic on Highway 400 (it’s still cheaper than a Muskoka cottage!).
Singing “Kumbaya” never looked so good.

Posh Patio Sets
Canadian summers can be crazy, rainy and windy one moment, sweltering hot the next. Make sure your patio furniture can withstand the elements without cracking or fading. For the style-conscious, function shouldn’t trump fashion. Create a comfy, colourful environment with these simple pieces from Fiber Living’s Viva Designs collection. These patio essentials are made from natural materials and are 100 percent recyclable. When the weather turns chilly, you can also bring these pieces indoors. 
 One-seat lounger ($1950), side table ($450) and two-seat lounger ($2450) are all lounge lizard-approved.

Trendy Lighting 
Large, luxurious backyards are a rarity in the city. If you are lacking the space to add a fireplace or full-fledged patio set, jazz up your (literal) pied-à-terre with these funky light features. Designed by Italy-based Slide Design, these one-of-a-kind globes (from $325 to $1025) create a unique vibe for your balcony.
Lighting features that mimic crystal balls – looks like a fabulous backyard is in your future!

What are your top outdoor decorating tips? Comment below or tweet us @rockitpromo

Rave: Patio Season

All of us here on the fourth floor live for patio season – and thankfully it’s just around the corner. (May is going to bring nicer weather, we know it). In celebration of the return of our favourite warm weather activity, we want to share some of our top patio picks from across the city, neighbourhood by neighbourhood. Enjoy!

EAST END

The Ceili Cottage, located at 1301 Queen St. E., is a cute Irish pub/restaurant in Leslieville. The patio seats up to 60 people, and with its street-side location, it’s just the right spot for conversation, people watching, and enjoying the weather!

Archeo is a lovely little restaurant in Toronto’s Historic Distillery District at 55 Mill St. Its classic patio is a sheltered oasis with foliage, flowers and cobblestone underfoot. We love this spot best for a Sunday brunch with friends and family. Afterward, take a stroll around to explore art galleries, shops and stunning historic buildings.

NORTH/WYCHWOOD

The Rushton is a cozy, neighborhood-oriented, French-inspired bistro at 740 St. Clair Ave. W., with a sweet little side patio. Such a lovely, intimate spot for a romantic date night. Enjoy wine and fresh cuisine on a warmer summer night here.


Safari Bar Grill located at 1749 Avenue Road this restaurant boats one of North Toronto’s largest patios – and it’s fully heated with retractable awnings and surrounded by beautiful flowers. Known for delicious food, specialty beers and an outstanding wine list with over 150 premium wines, this patio is a perfect place to go for a weekend lunch or dinner with family or friends.

WEST END


The Drake Hotel, of course. As you may know, we are lucky enough to have The Drake Hotel as our client, and they have THE coolest rooftop and ground patios in the city. These patios are fun for brunch, after-work drinks or a late night out on the town. Try out one of their seasonal menu items – they are constantly changing, but always delicious!


Vivoli is a classic Italian restaurant located in the heart of Little Italy at 665 College Street. Vivoli has three patios (one rooftop and two street side), making it an amazing spot to head for a pitcher of sangria and tasty authentic Italian pizza, straight from their wood-burning oven. Planning a birthday dinner? Definitely call to book a reservation here!

MIDTOWN


The Bedford Academy is a classic pub, tucked away in the heart of the Annex at 36 Prince Arthur Ave. The patio is divine since it’s located in such a beautiful neighbourhood, with lots of trees and lush green around you. They also offer five types of Caesars! Yum.

Victory Cafe is an Annex classic, at 581 Markham St. VC is always happening and filled with people enjoying the finest in Canadian flavours from local microbreweries. The service is friendly and the atmosphere is laid-back, making it a perfect destination for an after-work dinner and drink date with friends.

Tell us what your ideal spot to take in some sunshine and delicious drinks with friends in Toronto. Tweet us @rockitpromo or comment below. 


Don’t forget to wear your sun block – or a stylish hat – to protect yourself from the rays while lounging around in the sun. It’s coming soon, we promise.