The Best Bars in Toronto
Collected by AFAR Editors , AFAR Staff
Toronto has come a long way with its cocktail culture in the past ten years. These days you can choose your poison at any number of cool cocktail lounges or at craft breweries or at old favorite neighborhood haunts.
505 College St, Toronto, ON M6J 2J3, Canada
Chef Grant van Gameren first caught the tongues of Torontonians when he worked the kitchen at The Black Hoof. Fast-forward a few years — and a few places — and chef now has two top restaurants to claim as his own: Bar Isabel and Bar...
1378 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6K 1L7, Canada
The West End neighborhood of Parkdale, once considered an unsavory part of town, has undergone a transformation. One of the new arrivals is the Shameful Tiki Room, a Vancouver transplant with a kitschy Polynesian atmosphere....
1237 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6K 1L5, Canada
Looking at PrettyUgly from the sidewalk, you might think you’ve stumbled across a teeny-tiny rug store. And in fact, the rugs hung in the front window are for sale, but the main item for sale here is alcohol. With some of the...
2876 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P 1Y8, Canada
On the backs of every server in this alehouse (and it truly is an alehouse, no lagers or pilsners allowed!) is the phrase: Better Beer for a Better Life. As a customer, you get the sense that the owners really breathe this philosophy and love what...
208 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1T8, Canada
Perched across the street from the ROM (or the Royal Ontario Museum, to be official), Museum Tavern is a great spot to rest weary gams. The nostalgic brasserie is outfitted with a copper ceiling and tufted stools by the bar. Undoubtedly, these...
1212 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1X5, Canada
This is a bartender's bar, where you'll find many of those Toronto industry folks during their free time. The drinks are strong, the cocktails are delicious, and you're bound to bump into someone you know. If you want good trouble, it's likely to...
124 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Z5, Canada
Bellwoods hasn't been open long, but it has already made an impression on the Toronto craft beer and food scene. Bellwoods and the Group of Seven Chefs put on a brilliant seafood feast that I was lucky enough to be in attendance for; it was the...
472 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2B2, Canada
At Bar Chef, owner Frankie Solarik’s mad-scientist bartenders wear porkpie hats that recall a classic speakeasy. But they mix modern potions. They inject their martinis with green olive–flavored foam and serve punch bowls such as the Jimmy Cliff,...
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