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Jun 9, 2010 04:40 PM

Is there a bigger and better patio bar than The Madison?

Hey all, it's my buddies birthday this Saturday and he wants to limo it into the city like we did last year. We went to "Madison Avenue Pub" and it was pretty wild, packed with people and had like 4 different patio's.

Is there anywhere with a BIGGER and nicer patio than that in Toronto? Doesn't really matter location, we'll be getting a ride to where ever. But a young crowd is probably what we're looking for, it's his 26th birthday. Lots of people and a huge patio is the criteria.. And preferably multiple floors, those are always alot of fun

Thanks in advance! I'm not that familiar with where is worthwhile in the city

Good food is a definite bonus


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  1. Bigger? Probably not. That place is like falling up the rabbit-hole. :) Better? Well...that's subjective to say the least. If you're fans of the Maddy, you could always try Pauper's (Bloor and Bathurst-ish), which is owned by the same folks and marginally more grown-up (and I do mean marginally) with a couple of floors to explore, and a piano bar. Victory Cafe has a patio that is smaller, but street-level, and a MUCH better beer list. Alternatively, the Black Bull on Queen has a good bustle that I think you and your buddy would enjoy, but not-very-exciting beer. Rhino has good beer and great prices, decent-sized patio, but again not huge. Lots of space indoors, though.

    Um...I generally don't eat at any of these places unless I have to, so you're on your own there. ;) Beerbistro might fit the bill if you want tasty food, good beer, but the patio is small, older crowd, and quieter than you probably want. Might not be a bad way to start before settling in somewhere else for the night, though.

    Black Bull
    298 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

    1. Some timely ideas here...but I'm not sure I would say any of them has great food...or is bigger than the Maddy.

      1. Cool thanks alot for the responses! yeah if it was up to me, I'd pick Duggan's because I always hear good things about it.. or Mill Street Brewpub for the same reason.. but it's like 15 people and we did the Madison last year so they were looking for something even bigger I guess haha.. I am going to google your suggestions and visit the link

        I am a huge fan of the imports and love places with a good beer selection.. Just has to be somewhere that's cool with backwards ball caps and shorts and sandals! (mostly because thats what I plan on wearing ;))


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        1. re: duckdown

          the Brazen Head in liberty village has multi level patios
          i'm not a fan of the food

        2. Few patios match the Maddy. However, Hemingways and Remy's in Yorkville have huge patios that are usually hopping with a young crowd (single floor). And then there is the new Jack Astor's patio at Yonge/ Dundas square that looks over the square. Frankly, my fave is the Drake rooftop lounge. Great food and very fun.

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          1. re: MeMeMe

            We would get on great! My fave is also the Drake! Hemingways and Remy's are both pretty decent as well - but nothing matches the sheer size and debaucherous vibe of the Maddy!

          2. The Flight Deck at the Pilot Tavern on Cumberland is a nice open space. No smarmy Yorkvillains either.

            Pilot Tavern
            22 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON M4W1J5, CA

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            1. re: Snarf

              Oh yes! And their club sandwiches are fantastic. Why do I always forget about the Pilot??