Getting above it all at The Sky Yard

Posted by Drake, December 31, 2013
The Sky Yard, festively warm even in winter.

Living in Toronto, as we’re proud to do, we’ve probably had at least one or two friends with the best thing this side of a cottage in the city: a rooftop patio.

It’s the perfect place to city-watch, really. Above it all, looking down on the restlessness of the streets, the city almost changes. Suddenly it’s not a teeming mass of people, cars and lights anymore—it’s something like a dance, a community in motion like a living, breathing thing.

In a word, it’s inspiring. And in a big way, that’s the idea behind the Sky Yard.

Especially this time of year. We can’t do anything about the ice and the cold—except for the heated patio we offer at the Sky Yard, of course—but with an upstairs ringed with art, we can probably put heads in that relaxed, inspired state that sees beauty even in a frigid Toronto night. It's like a treehouse in the middle of winter, in a way. Even when the elements get a little too ill-behaved, our sheltered, pillow-lined seating areas—resting against a red-brick wall, framed overhead by thatched branches and other organic features—still impart the feel of a retreat above Toronto. Skates hang from adjacent walls, as if it's a cabin somewhere in Prince Edward County. More intimate table settings sit beneath equally-intimate red shelters. Wrapped by painted winter scenes and the warm glow of red lighting, it's the sort of elevated, happily insulated place that keeps the conversation rich and the night alive—even in the dead of winter.

Described in 2011 by TripAdvisor.ca as “possibly the best patio in Toronto,” our nightlife offerings probably help with that, too. The whole point of having those heat lamps, after all, is to defy the elements, making a night in January as illuminating as a chilled-out summer’s eve. But, just like what Drake is all about; it’s also about creating space and making that space as energetic, unique, and creatively-thrilling for the community we share.

Image by Connie Tsang

Image by Connie Tsang

Image by Connie Tsang

Image by Connie Tsang

Image by Connie Tsang

Image by Connie Tsang

Image by Connie Tsang

Image by Connie Tsang

Image by Connie Tsang

Image by Connie Tsang

Image by Connie Tsang

Image by Connie Tsang

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