While in Toronto for TOCC, we hope that you take some extra time to visit our friends at the bars listed below*.
EL REY MEZCAL BAR – 2A Kensington Avenue
Bar team: Michael Fortier, Shane Mulvany, Alfred Siu, Marc Tessier, Annie Cottrell
Atmosphere: Relaxed room with exposed brick and low candle lighting, coupled with a large vibrant patio situated at the entrance to Toronto’s iconic Kensignton market.
What we are known for: We are an agave bar with a primary focus on Mezcal and cocktails which is coupled with authentic Mexican cuisine from head chef Rodrigo Aguilar.
CIVIL LIBERTIES – 878 Bloor Street West
Bar team: Nick Kennedy, Jess Mili, Kyle Wilkinson, Aeron Holizki & many occasionals
Atmosphere: Welcoming water hole
What we are known for: Not having cocktail menu, conversationally driven individual cocktails. Too many shots of Cynar. Pints of good old fashioned fun.
DUMBO SNACK BAR – 1704 Queen Street West
Bar team: Nick Peach, Maria Paterakis
Atmosphere: low key, cocktail spot, hip hop/r&b
What we are known for: amazing late night food, photo booth, patio, date nights
DEATH AND TAXES – 1154 Queen Street West
Bar team: Mark Ejack
Atmosphere: We are a neighbourhood pub focused on cask beer, classic/original craft cocktails, unique food and community.
What we are known for:
THE DRAKE HOTEL – 1150 Queen Street West
Bar team: Sandy DeAlmeida, James Bailey, Brittany Maguire, Ashley Snider, Chantelle Gabino, Mike Kanakas, Bryan Liboiron, Jason Daniele, Nitu Thakur, Avery Ross, Stephen Prickett, Wanda Carroll, Mookie Morris, Kirk Lipp, Ceara O’Malley, Brittany Brennan
Atmosphere: A boutique hotel that serves as a neighbourhood hotspot for food, art, culture and cocktails. We open at 7 am and serve till 2am daily in an ever-changing landscape of art and food/drink innovations. The Hotel has a sidewalk café, a large main floor restaurant and lounge, a rooftop patio and a basement music venue. Every night hosts different bands, DJs, artists and/or activations.
What we are known for: The Rust + Bone is a must have cocktail invented by Sandy De Almeida of the Drake Hotel.
THE DRAKE COMMISSARY – 128a Sterling Road
Bar team: Matt Fairbanks, Donna Badgley, Lorie Leung, Aviva Rosnick, Olivia Warner
Atmosphere: Drake Commissary is an eat-in restaurant, a go-to for grab-and-go, a prepared fare destination, and a culinary workshop in the evolving Junction Triangle area. It’s 8,000 sq. ft. of innovation and experimentation as chefs, bakers, bartenders, guests + makers participate in an animated exchange around the creation, presentation + consumption of food in an art-filled environment. So, make the Commissary your community hub for all things made-from-scratch.
What we are known for: Craft Cocktails, Coffee, Local Beer, and an extensive Non Alcoholic program
DRAKE ONE FIFTY – 150 York Street
Bar team: Christina Veira, Warren May, James Leberg, Kate Boles, Michaela McLeish
Atmosphere: Welcome to Drake One Fifty. We’re getting back to basics at our restaurant in Toronto’s downtown core, serving up next-level food. drink. art. on the regular. Setting up shop in 2013, Drake One Fifty is a Financial District fixture, featuring annual art exhibitions that transform the space year-after-year, weekly DJs + an inventive menu inspired by historic brasseries + taverns. So, enjoy a power lunch on our street-level patio, get cozy in a booth before a show or indulge in late-night snacks and superbly crafted cocktails with us at our urban oasis.
What we are known for: High end Spirits and stirred cocktails.
PRETTYUGLY – 1237 Queen Street West
Bar team: Sally Gillespie, Joel Savoie, Joao Machado
Atmosphere: Dark, warm, local. Cocktails, Guinness, good people, good vibes.
What we are known for: Cool drinks, mezcal lovers.
CHANTECLER – 1320 Queen Street West
Bar team: Josh Lindley, Jacob Wharton-Shukster, Marta S, Zac Burcsik
Atmosphere: Bustling local
What we are known for: Natural wine, fancy cocktails & best steak tartare
MELODY BAR at THE GLADSTONE HOTEL – 1214 Queen Street West
Bar team: Scott Marleau, Chris Contois, David McNeill
Atmosphere: laid back, artsy
What we are known for: Signature Six cocktails (six feature cocktails inspired by the history of the Gladstone Hotel) as well as weekly programming (live music, music bingo, Tinder Tales etc.)
FAMOUS LAST WORDS – 392 Pacific Ave
Bar Team: Marlene Thorne, Lucas Twyman, Aleksander Russell
Atmosphere: A chill, friendly, and quirky shrine to cocktails and all things literary in Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood. We believe in the classic, approachable, and tactile, from the vinyl albums to the thousands of books to the cocktails themselves. Great for a date or a clever conversation.
We are known for: Our lengthy cocktail menu and our rotating milk punches.
GREY TIGER – 1190 Bloor St W
Bar Team: Becky Ip and Ryan Ringer
Atmosphere: An artist-run cocktail bar for new romantics.
We are known for: Warm vibes, solid drinks, fresh design, artful menu, everyday magic.
THE SHAMEFUL TIKI ROOM – 1378 Queen St W.
Bar Team: Alana Nogueda (owner/ bartender), Kevin Bogan (Bar Manager), Jay Meyers (Head bartender), James Keogh (Mr Make it Happen)
Atmosphere: Enter through a very unassuming door and dive into another world. Chill vibes with an exciting energy whether it’s from flaming cocktails, fog, or yelling MYSTERY BOOOWL!
We are known for: Classic Tiki cocktails with an innovated approach. A huge rum selection and rum club to follow. Escapism, nostalgia, and all and all tropical feels.
PROJECT GIGGLEWATER – 1369 Dundas Street West
Bar Team: Alfred Siu, Holly Caverly, Kyle Rist
Atmosphere: Welcoming neighbourhood cocktail bar, cozy and intimate.
We are known for: Great cocktail program and a great time! Also, we offer an amazing weekend brunch. Lots of Negroni shots
MAHJONG BAR – 1276 Dundas St West
Bar Team: Tess Anne Sawyer, Steve Navratil, Marc Tessier, Colie Ehrenworth
Atmosphere: Dim, romantic & moody with a big helping of dance party on the weekends.
We are known for: Creative cocktails, delicious small & share plates of Chinese food, and the ability to transform from chill to a party as the night goes on.
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