Fuel your stay in Toronto by sampling the city’s excellent local brews and cocktail-fueled nightlife.
Whether searching for a serene destination to unwind with a Caesar or a chance to try the local craft beer scene, these brewpubs, wine bars, and cocktail lounges have got you covered.
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Crafted cocktails: BarChef
Cocktails composed like works of art are what to expect from this lab-like cocktail bar. A house favourite is this smoky concoction infused with burnt hickory flavour à la minute.
Address: 472 Queen Street West
Neighbourhood: Queen Street West
Bottoms up: Bangarang
Obscure table-top games and weekend dance parties fueled by fun cocktails make this Little Italy bar feel like a full-service rec room.
Address: 552 College Street
Neighbourhood: Little Italy
Beer heaven: Bar Hop
Three dozen craft brews on tap, a rotating selection of cask-conditioned ales, and beer-friendly eats are on the menu at the three locations of Bar Hop in Toronto. This place takes pride in offering one-off brews, collaborations, and seasonal selections, not to mention local craft ciders and nearly 100 bottled beers “including a number of rare and private order items.”
Fully fortified: Bar Raval
This stunning all-day tapas bar transitions from coffee to cocktails as the day progresses. Go here for fortified wines, cocktails and an array of Spanish-style small plates (think pintxos, croquetas, and conservas).
Wish you were beer: Bellwoods Brewery
With one location on Ossington and a second newly opened on Hafis Road, this premier craft brewery is doubling up on its rotating selection of house beers ranging from light hoppy styles to barrel-aged special releases.
Ever changing taps: Birreria Volo
Address: 612 College Street
From strip club to supper club: Broadview Hotel
Formerly Jilly’s Strip Club, this Toronto landmark has a new lease on life as an upscale hotel complete with a rooftop patio, cafe and bar, and an in-house restaurant.
A sophisticated speakeasy: Civil Liberties
There’s no go-to cocktail at this cocktail bar. With expertly distilled spirits, handcrafted tinctures and fresh ingredients all behind the bar, the best bet is to just let the expert staff fix you a drink.
Hidden gems: Cold Tea
Cold Tea takes its name from an illicit tradition in Toronto. Ordering “cold tea” in Chinatown restaurants once summoned a teapot full of beer after legal serving hours. Now, tucked inside the Kensington Mall, this hidden gem is home to top-notch cocktails and bar snacks.
Address: 60 Kensington Avenue
Neighbourhood: Kensington Market
A Toronto institution: The Drake Hotel
A restaurant, cafe, underground music venue at rooftop “skyyard” patio are all housed in this hotbed on West Queen West. Good drinks and good times are constants, though the menu, decor, and artworks are always changing.
Address: 1150 Queen Street West
Neighbourhood: West Queen West
An adult arcade: The Get Well
On tap at this Dundas West watering hole: arcade games, craft beers, hot cheesy pizzas, and good times! Between the ever-changing draught list and expansive selection of beers in bottles and cans, this place has something for everyone.
Rosé all day: Grey Gardens
The elegant wine bar offers a long list of labels by the glass and by the bottle. Feeling snackish after a few sips? There’s oysters, foie gras and duck terrine, and ravioli on offer as well.
All that glitters: Goldie
This swanky late-night cocktail club and lounge channels the ’70s and delivers retro vibes with a modern twist. On the menu, fun cocktails and bottle service to get the party started.
Address: 619 King Street West
Neighbourhood: King West
Fruit-forward brews: Her Father’s Cider Bar
The cider house in Harbord Village is one-of-a-kind in Toronto. Here the bar deals exclusively in craft ciders including many rare and interesting finds.
HP magic in the air: The Lockhart
The Harry Potter themed bar on Dundas West does drinks that are pure magic. From butterbeer to glittering cocktails, this plans will impress even the most skeptical muggles.
Address: 1479 Dundas Street West
Neighbourhood: Dundas West
For those in-the-know: Mahjong Bar
Fronted by a bodega, this hidden destination for dinner and drinks is a favourite for its menu featuring Chinese bar snacks alongside a “sophisticated but approachable cocktail list.”
Dreamy cocktails: Montauk
Craft cocktails and craft brews are the main draws at this Dundas West bar. Here you’ll find the menu feature classic libations along with a few spirited innovations.
Due north: Northwood
This licensed cafe near Christie Pits Park double majors is coffee and cocktails. Sample both at once with cold-brew based bevvies like one spiked with Fernet, house vanilla liqueur, Triple Sec, and a pinch of salt.
Wine not?: Paris Paris
Nibble on cheese, charcuterie, and freshly shucked oyster at this Dundas West wine bar where the drinks list majors in bottles and by the glass selections spanning the gamut of sparkling, white, red, and rose offerings.
Pretty awesome: Pretty Ugly
A lively venue for libations and sushi! The specialties behind the bar are the cocktails and mezcal.
Dive in: Sneaky Dee’s
This divey Tex Mex bar and concert venue is a Toronto institution where graffiti-covered tables, massive nacho platters, and cheap drinks attract a raucous crowd.
Winning cocktails: Track & Field
Bocce ball, beers, and fine cocktails! Find this bar bumping with backyard vibes no matter if it’s sunny or snowing outside.