City Living: Drinking with your dog

One of the mottos we live by is “work hard, play hard.” After a long day of emails, phone calls and meetings, we like to grab a glass of wine on a patio and unwind. But a long day at the office for us means an even longer day at home for our four-legged companions. Enter the best patios for you to enjoy a drink while hanging with your dog (or cat, if that’s your thing. We don’t judge). Here are our favourite establishments which are happy to offer water, treats or a smile to your furry pal while you imbibe and soak up the sun.

The Rhino
(1249 Queen St. W.)

If you reside in the west end, the Rhino is the spot for
you to hit up. The menu has more
than 200 bottled beers from more than 40 countries, as well as a long list of
local craft beer (Rhino Lager, anyone?). 
The menu consists of pub grub, so grab food while you enjoy a pint and the lovely May weather with your pup. 

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(995 Broadview Ave.)

For east-enders, Whistler’s patio is a must.  When beer o’clock rolls around, stroll over
to their patio for pub food, daily specials, a great pint selection and live

One of our regular office visitors, Lupita, is seen here
enjoying a pint at Whistler’s.

Trinity Bellwoods Park

Although not technically legal, Trinity Bellwoods is the perfect
place to drink with your dog. Pack a thermos of your favourite
, a picnic blanket and a Frisbee, and you’re all set! Let your four-legged friend blow off some steam in the massive dog bowl, located in the centre of the park.

King and Lupita: “Take us to Trinity, yo.”
Boardwalk Pub (10 Ashbridges Bay)

While your dog does need to stay on the other side of the fence
here, there are a plethora of seats directly besides the patio fence along with shade for your pooch to chill in. Servers happily provide water and you can
toss your hound a few stray fries. 

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Williams Fresh Cafe (245
Queens Quay) 

Fresh Cafe, located in the PawsWay building, serves breakfast, lunch and
dinner. It has a pet-friendly eating area where you can enjoy a non-alcoholic
beverage with your dog.

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Turns out today is a perfect day to enjoy one of the suggestions in our list. So, start your Friday early on one of these patios. We’ll see you there!

My ‘Hood: Michelle

By Michelle
I live at Queen Street West and Lisgar Street (near Dovercourt) – home to some of the best restos, vintage shops, art galleries and nightlife in Toronto.

I LOVE sandwiches! So, one of my favourite places to go for lunch with a girlfriend is
Cafe Bernate. This adorable spot has a selection of 30 delish sandwiches, including my go-to choice: ham, brie, avocado and red pepper on an Italian baguette. I often hit up Savoy at 1166 Queen Street West for brunch since it is affordable, serves yummy food in great portions, and tons of fruit with my homefries and bacon.

Although dangerous for the bank account, I adore that Queen West is lined with tons of interesting, one-of-a-kind boutiques, including House of Vintage, Art History and Shopgirls Gallery Boutique.

I enjoy going out and dancing, so living close to lots of jamming bars is a huge bonus. The Drake Hotel is a classic spot guaranteed to have sweet music and a cool crowd. Parkdale Drink spins amazing hip hop and reggae, so I get my dance-on there from time to time. The Rhino (1249 Queen St. W), Brooklyn (1186 Queen St. W) and The Social are also sick spots for fun nightlife.

I recently discovered a new gym at 99 Sudbury that I am loving – they even have a Ballet Boot Camp class. This gym is literally the most beautiful workout space I have ever seen (although you would never be able to tell from the outside) and the staff are super warm and friendly. Plus, it’s a five-minute walk from my house so I have no excuse not to go.

Finally, what would the weekend be like without walking around exploring all the fantastic art galleries in the area, including my personal favs, Lausberg Contemporary Gallery and Twist Gallery.