These are the 10 best whisky bars in Toronto

Mar 6 2020, 11:18 am

If whisky is your go-to, Toronto’s got a plethora of options that are sure to wet your whistle — and leave a smile on it, too.

From watering holes dedicated to this classy spirit to ones that simply offer some sweet selections, there are plenty of places you can head to satisfy your craving for the good stuff.

Whether you’re looking for bottom-shelf favourites, or hard-to-find drinks that are priced into the stratosphere — here are the ten best spots to hit for whisky in Toronto:

The Caledonian

 

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This College Street whisky bar boasts over 500 malts, with old and rare offerings that date back to the 50s and 60s. Some of the world’s rarest will be found on the shelf here. And, you can drink from your birth year — as far back as 1960 — straight through to 2000.

Address: 856 College Street
Phone: 416-577-7472

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The Emmet Ray

 

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This spot’s whisky list is long. From Bourbon to American to Canadian to World, plus a variety of single-malt Scotch and Irish options, there’s something here for every taste.

Address: 924 College Street
Phone: 416-792-4497

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1602 Dundas West

 

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The bar with many names is serving up many types of whisky, too. The shelves are lined with options meant for enjoying solo or in a cocktail, on your own for a moment to wind-down or with friends to get the party started.

Address: 1602 Dundas Street West
Phone: 416-823-0661

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The Feathers Pub

 

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This authentic British Pub opened its doors in 1981 and since then, has been offering up food, drink and good times on the regular. Oh! And, the spot has come to be known as one of the finest single malt whisky bars in the world.

Address: 962 Kingston Road, Toronto
Phone: 416-694-0443

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Death and Taxes

 

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One of the chillest spots to hang out on Queen West, this Donnelly Group spot serves a fierce list of whisky options. Stop in to warm your belly before you take on the rest of the neighbourhood on a weekend evening.

Where: 1154 Queen Street West
Phone: 416-533-5838

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CC Lounge

 

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Canadian, Bourbon, US, Scotch, International, and flights are all on deck at this downtown lounge and whisky bar. There’s a taste for every price-point and if you want to get a little bit of multiple experiences, opting for one of the flights — ranging from $30 to $160 — is the choice for you.

Address: 45 Front Street East
Phone: 416-362-4777

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The Black Dice Cafe

 

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Inspired by American 50s, British Rockers and Japanese culture, this “Japanese Rockabilly Bar” tucked away on Queen West is the place to visit if you want to taste some Japanese whisky. While you might not find the classics you’ll come across at other places in town, you’ll definitely come away having tasted something new — and it might just be your new favourite.

Address: 1574 Dundas Street West
Phone: 647-748-1574

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Local Liberty Village

 

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Local is a place to hang in Liberty, and it’s also a place to enjoy a proper shot of whisky. Stop by with friends for some good weekend fun before heading out on the town, and your belly will feel cozy all night long.

Where: 100-171 E Liberty St
Phone: 416-901-8351

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Monarch Tavern

 

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Hidden away on Clinton Street, the Monarch is a great place to go for some bold whisky and a lovely live show. Or perhaps you’d prefer to take your shot before you take the state on Karaoke night — upstairs every Thursday night.

Where: 12 Clinton Street
Phone: 416-531-5833

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Allen’s

 

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This Danforth Avenue eatery offers a sprawling malt and whisky list, ideal for enjoying alongside a house-made burger, sweet potato wedges, steak pie, or Dublin lamb shank. Enjoy options from Canada, Ireland, the US, and more.

Where: 143 Danforth Avenue
Phone: 416-463-3086

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