Toronto restaurants serving premier drink specials for TIFF 2019 (PHOTOS)

Sep 3 2019, 5:23 pm

TIFF is descending upon Toronto, and with it comes weeks of shining stars, late-night bars and, now, creative cocktails.

Whether you’re looking to wind down in the elevated lobby bar of the Shangri-La hotel, or the more laid-back atmosphere of Portland and Adelaide’s Petty Cash, there’s a spot for you and a special drink for your taste from September 5 to 15.

Prices range from $600 cocktails to $1 beers, so we mean it when we say there’s something for everyone.

Here’s a look at where you can indulge in a dazzling drink during this year’s TIFF celebrations.

Shangri-La Hotel

From September 5 to 15, you’ll be able to indulge in some (extremely) special cocktails at the Shangri-La Hotel. Plus, The Bar, Lobby Lounge, and Bosk Restaurant will have extended hours until 4 am from September 5 through to September 9. Here’s a look at what’s in store.

Special Presentation

Shangri-La Hotel

Served under a glass cloche and enveloped in smoked Applewood, the Special Presentation is a mix of strawberry-rhubarb-infused Casamigos Mezcal, Amaro Marzadro, Cointreau, and splash of lime juice. House-made strawberry sugar and a dehydrated pineapple slice reveal themselves as the smoke fades away. The Special Presentation is priced at $40.

Cloud Nine

Shangri-La Hotel

This cocktail embodies Toronto’s vibe for all of TIFF season. Sophisticated but also ultra-fun, Cloud Nine is a delicate mix of Miguel Torres Chile Pisco El Gobernador, Luxardo Maraschino, brandy, and egg whites. The cocktail’s tart yet rich flavour is balanced by a whimsical and sweet cotton candy cloud, and is priced at $35.

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Hollywood North

Shangri-La Hotel

This cocktail, made with Leblon Cachaça, Gallliano, condensed and almond milks, and black walnut bitters, is full-flavoured-but-still-light. The drink is served in a flowerpot, with a garnish of cacao nibs and fresh mint to give it the look of a tropical plant. It’s priced at $30.

The Discovery

Shangri-La Hotel

The Discovery features Bulleit Bourbon and Heering cherry liqueur garnished with pickled cherries. Its classic appearance and price tag of $25 beg for a first sip and the “discovery” of the sophisticated cocktail within.


Shangri-La Hotel

This cocktail combines the refreshing tastes of Gosling’s Rum, Mount Gay Rum, Falernum Syrup, pineapple, and orange. Topped off with mint sprigs and dehydrated pineapples, it’s sure to help you hold onto summer a little bit longer. Extended summer nights for $30? We’ll bite – er – sip.

The Director’s Cut

Shangri-La Hotel

The jewel in the crown of the Shangri-La cocktail line-up, this creation is something else. Made with one of the world’s most superb cognacs, champagne and a hint of lemon juice, the Director’s Cut is served in a fine red Baccarat crystal Mille Nuits Flutissimo. Each glass is free-blown at 1,450 degrees Celsius, with its red colour created by the fusion of gold particles in the glass. Guests who order this cocktail will enjoy the stunning stemware, as a keepsake, for a total of $600. The drink can be ordered without stemware for $200.

Address: 188 University Avenue
Phone: 647-788-8888


Thompson Toronto

Happy Face


Described as a “deliciously clean cocktail,” this drink alludes to Robert DeNiro’s favourite wet martini. With an appearance described as reminiscent of the Joker, you get to dive into a drink the criminal mastermind himself would love.

Ruby Slipper


Inspired by the role that defined Judy Garland’s career, this bright non-alcoholic sipper features layers of bright berries and warm spices from Seedlip. If you’d like to add some alcohol into the mix, the addition of the Star of Bombay softens the Seedlip’s spicy notes.

Perfect Lap


Honouring Ford’s GT40, this drink uses a classic American Bourbon as a base, and is topped off with Italian bitters.

Address: 550 Wellington Street West
Phone: 416-640-7778



Three 2 Seven Club


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With $6 select wines, Corona, Rosy Sangria, Bud Light Radler Cocktail, and Ketel One Botanicals, this is the place to enjoy mouthwatering specials without breaking the bank. This special is available from Sunday to Thursday from 3 pm to 7 pm.

Address: 455 King Street West
Phone: 416-979-2660




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Fiesta Hour

For when you’re not just thirsty but hungry too… AKA, post-screening: From Wednesday to Saturday, from 5 pm to 8 pm, you can enjoy 5 for $5 oysters, $5 snacks, $5 beer, and $5 wine inside Pablo’s Snack House on the second floor of Baro.

Brunch specials

Weekly throughout September and beyond, this eatery offers $5 mimosas and sangria from 11 am to 3 pm every Saturday and Sunday.

Wine Wednesday

This restaurant offers ½ price on bottles of wine all night on Wednesdays, for if you’re a fan of the classics on discount.

Address: 485 King Street West, Toronto
Phone: 416-363-8388


Petty Cash


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For those looking for something a little more casual, Petty Cash offers $1 an oz wine, everyday, plus $1 beer and $1 wings on Monday. The eatery also does $5 mixed drinks from 5 pm to 7 pm every Friday, and has a chill patio, to boot.

Address: 487 Adelaide Street West, Toronto
Phone: 647-748-2274


Falcon SkyBar at Hotel X

Director’s Choice

Made with Tequila, Grand Marnier and Crème de Cacao, bitters, and garnished with orange zest, this mixed drink is a treat for your senses.

Glitz and Glamour

Tequila, raspberry liqueur and lemon juice are topped with prosecco and served in a champagne flute, garnished with fresh raspberries and edible gold dust. It’s something to behold.

Lights, Camera, Action

Tromba Blanco, Crème de Cassis, lemon and lime juices, simple syrup and egg white foam combine to create a gorgeous delight with a bitters design on top.

Address: 111 Princes’ Boulevard, Toronto
Phone: 647-475-9286


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