Mississauga's Top 5 Patios for the Summer
Summer weather is finally here and we can enjoy the long-awaited patio season in Mississauga where summer gear and walking traffic in the city skyrockets. Mississauga has many neighbourhoods to choose from to enjoy the summer heat — from the picturesque lakefront area in Port Credit to the city’s downtown core to Streetsville’s historic charm.
Here are top five patios you have to try this summer that made the list based on patio location, patio atmosphere, food, service and uniqueness:
5) The Wilcox
The Wilcox Gastropub is located on the corner of Hurontario and Eglinton and is situated in the Wilcox House - one of Mississauga’s oldest Heritage Homes which features Greek and Gothic detailing and was built by Amos and Charles Wilcox in 1850. In a place that serves everything from pork sliders to poutine, Scotch egg, ceviche, cassava frites, braised short ribs, an18oz bone-in rib eye steak and confit of duck leg I’m going straight to the burger. This is one of their signature dishes here called The Wilcox Burger and it didn’t disappoint. The beef is grounded daily and the only one on this list that actually bakes their brioche buns daily. So if you’re looking to pair a great restaurant with a great patio, this is the place to be.
4) Snug Harbour
Situated in the picture perfect Port Credit neighbourhood, this resto’s patio is busy day and night and is the only one in Mississauga with a lakefront view. Situated adjacent to the Port Credit Marina, the area attracts walkers, cyclists, rollerbladers and boaters looking to enjoy a day by the lake, making this an ideal spot to people watch on a hot summer’s day. Every Saturday during the summer months, you can also enjoy live music. The patio is covered and heated so you can still enjoy the view without freezing your buns off in the spring and fall months.
Goodfella’s Pizza is situated in the centre of the quaint village of Streetsville on the corner of Main St. and Queen St. The covered and heated patio has a view of Streetsville’s main stage, where you can watch live music and performances throughout the summer. The patio is beautifully designed with vibrant reds to match Italy’s flag, wooden tables and wrought iron chairs - it’sreminiscent of a patio you’d find in Italy. Goodfella’s is the first and only restaurant to introduce Napolitano pizza to Mississauga and the menu also includes southern Italian classics prepared from scratch using the finest ingredients imported from Italy. Since the restaurant has a prime Streetsville square location, it’s got an ideal patio—perfect for people watching.
Your view from the Goodfella’s patio during an event.
2) El Jefe
One of Mississauga’s most highly anticipated restaurants (which opened just last year) has a huge patio, as you can see from the picture. It’s one of only a handful of full-service Mexican restaurants in Mississauga and it’s called El Jefe, which translates to “the boss” or “the chief” in Spanish. The cocktail menu incorporates A LOT of tequila, seasonal flavours and fresh ingredients. Slobodian (the Mixologist) has travelled the globe from Australia to Mexico working in a white-glove service establishment, toiling as a breakfast cook and hotel bartender. The drink menu includes a wide range of tequila brands from $4 to $130 an ounce and also boasts Mezcal, sangria, margaritas, beer (draught, bottles and cans), wine, prosecco and champagne. The patio is heated with a canopy and seats 76 and the music can never get too loud outside.
Tucked away in the heart of the City Centre core is Mississauga’s best rooftop patio, which has a striking view on a clear, warm night. &Co. overlooks the downtown core and sits in view of the aesthetically stunning Marilyn Monroe condos. Hump day at 4 pm is when the action starts and also happens to be the best day of the week to start checking out of work early to get a head start on after-work drinks. Known more for its nightlife, &Co has upped their game recently with their seasonally inspired menu by Executive Chef Ron Stratton. &Co. takes the top score for uniqueness. At night, &Co. transitions into an exciting club life experience with special event nights that boast the most outrageous live performances you will find in the city. They feature everything from belly dancing to Burlesque shows to painter showcases — including live painters, body painting and body sushi (for those of you unfamiliar with this, it is also known as Nyotaimori - a Japanese practice of serving sashimi or sushi on a naked women’s body. &Co.’s event featured an almost naked woman) and renowned DJ’s. These guys definitely know how to celebrate and dish out jaw dropping nightlife experiences.
Failte Irish Pub (City Centre)
Failte’s is one of Mississauga’s largest heated patio and one of downtown’s most beloved bar stops. Though it does not provide the most picturesque view when hanging on the terrace, its large size is sure to cater to any summer party needs. After all, it has an extensive selection of fine whiskeys and imported beers, which may also help keep you warm on those chillier spring nights. With something going down every night of the week, from drink and food deals to live entertainment, you’re sure to always have a good time.
Cuchulainn’s Irish Pub (Streetsville)
Cuchulainn’s is an authentic Irish Pub located in Streetsville, facing the main strip along Queen St. and nestled in a historic building dating back to 1832. It’s a popular patio that stays busy during summer months and is right in the heart of Streetsville. You can enjoy classic pub fare including fish and chips, Guinness stew, Shepherd’s pie and a list of fine scotches. Live music from some of Mississauga’s local talent can be heard on Friday and Saturday nights and they also host an open mic every Tuesday night.
Roc’n Doc’s (Port Credit)
It’s nice to know there are still a few select places in Mississauga where you can go and experience a night of great live music. A place where the beer is flowing and the sounds of a guitar resound through the walls and you can literally feel the music. Roc ‘n Docs provides amazing live music 7 nights a week. There is a rooftop patio on top of the bar, making it one of the few bars in Mississauga that actually has one. On those sunny days in the summer, with the breeze coming in off the lake, this rooftop feels a little like heaven…plus there’s alcohol.