Yum, Yum: Sangria in the City

If you’re like us, there are certain types of drinks that are enjoyed during weekend brunch. Sangria is one of them. While weekend brunching with girlfriends, a fruity sangria option often jumps off the menu as the thirst-quencher of choice, especially on a hot day. And since summer weather showed up a little earlier this year, our patio season and summery refreshment tour has been in full force since, well, March if we’re honest.


As the hunt continues, here are three establishments who have seemed to perfect the boozy punch:

Milagro (Three locations: 5 Mercer St., 3187 Yonge St. and 783 Queen W.)

Juicy and refreshing.

With a broad selection of sangria to please even the pickiest of taste buds, Milagro has six blends, including their ‘American’ blend that’ll put a little hair on your chest, complete with bourbon AND peach schnapps. Why not, huh? Summer suggestion: Sangria de Mango…in a pitcher. 


Psst: They have special deals on sangria on Thursdays. What better day to end the week than a delicious glass or two of this cocktail, for less?

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School (70 Fraser Ave.)



School sticks to the basics: red and white. I mean, sure, you could mix them if you want a rose. School creatively serves their wine concoction by glass and by flask. Suggestion: try both! Sangria white is slightly more innocent, combing pinot grigio with green grapes and apples, while the red is a little more daring, mixing rioja (Spanish wine) with orange and cinnamon. Again, enjoy them in a flask.


If you give their Sangria an A+, tell them @schoolville.
Café Nervosa (75 Yorkville Ave.)

Enjoy a frosty glass of sangria and keep an eye out for celebs on this beautiful patio.

This Yorkville spot comes up on a lot of people’s “fave” lists and yes, their pizza is fantastic. But they’ve mastered their sangria as well. When we’re feeling like some solid people-watching and enjoying the quiet buzz of Yorkville, this is our go-to spot. You feel rather posh sipping on their cute patio, and you never know when you might catch a glimpse of a Jonas brother at the table next to you. Their sangria is strong and fruity, with fruit juice as well as the regular wine and spirits.


Drake Hotel (1144 Queen St. W.)
Ok, so we might be a bit biased about this one, but we can’t help but love every cocktail that comes from the Drake’s skilled bar team. Their sangria lives up to their high standards, and the Sky Yard is one of the best spots in Toronto to enjoy a summer cocktail. They’ve got some other tasty concoctions this summer as well (Rum + Raspberry Lemonade, anyone?) but we often stop by after work for a relaxing glass of wine, fruit juice and fruit chunks, complete with art, indie rock and some eye candy.

As always, Drake offers a classic with a twist – the warm Simmering Sangria.
Image courtesy of the Drake Hotel.



Pssst: this past winter, Drake had simmering sangria – a warm version of their summer recipe. It was amazing. Here’s hoping they bring it back next winter!


Tell them you want them to bring back the Simmering Sangria – @thedrakehotel


Victory Cafe (581 Markham St.)

Another fourth floor fave that takes us back to our days of undergrad, but in a good way. They’ve got one of the best patios in the city as well, and in case we haven’t made it clear yet, sangria + patio = summer perfection. Their white sangria is delicious and won’t stain your summer whites should you happen to spill a drop or two.

White sangria on this patio is pretty much perfect.



Keep up with the latest Annex news @victorycafe_TO.


Happy drinking! 

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.