Toronto’s bar scene was quite impressive. Whatever you’re in the mood for, you’ll find it. Every bar I went to offered a solid selection of cocktails, craft beer, and worldly liquor. In addition to the fantastic drinks, some places scored high with the welcoming service, delectable bites, and laid back atmosphere. Here are seven incredible bars to check out in Toronto:
Dinner and drinks at Bar Isabel will not disappoint. The menu features some excellent stirred and shaken cocktails, along with a nice selection of beer and wine. Be sure to try a few of their delicious plates like the rich and sweet creation that is sobrasada sausage and honey topped with finely shaved foie gras. Oh yes, I said shaved foie gras. I walked in on a Sunday night and it was packed, so reservations are highly recommended.
(797 College Street, Toronto, ON M6G 1C7)
Rush Lane & Co.
If you want to sip on few creative house cocktails made by passionate mixologists, head to Rush Lane & Co. The gorgeous bar, awesome music, and personable staff make it a refreshing spot on Queen West. The drink menu also offers classics, tiki drinks, and punch bowls. Stay awhile for a night full of good vibes, great drinks, and tasty snacks. Cheers!
(563 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2B6 – Photo: Rush Lane & Co.)
If you’ve been to Toronto, you’ve probably heard of DaiLo – Chef Nick Liu’s French-inspired Chinese restaurant featuring New Asian cuisine. Located on the second floor, LoPan is a snack and cocktail bar where you can enjoy terrific Asian-inspired craft cocktails and a dim sum-style menu. Be sure to try the Big Mac Bao, a steamed bun that tastes just like the famous burger. Brilliant.
(503 College Street, Toronto, ON M6J 2J3)
Good beer and tasty food is a winning combination. Head to Bar Hop for a wide selection of outstanding craft beers on tap. The offerings are constantly rotating with seasonal selections, one-of-a-kind brews, and cask-conditioned ales. There are two locations, but head to the downtown location on Peter Street for delectable food offerings like the glazed pork belly buns or bone marrow poutine.
(137 Peter Street, Toronto, ON M5V 2H3 – Photo: Bar Hop)
Cocktail Bar welcomes you with an intimate and cozy ambiance. Expect classic drinks with a bit of a twist. Located across meat-centric restaurant, The Black Hoof, the well-balanced cocktails are tasty and strong. Feel free to ask one of the bartenders for a suggestion. They’re super friendly. Reservations are not accepted and it’s cash only, but I promise you the small space is very laid-back. Relax, sit back, and drink up.
(923 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON M6J 1W3)
I had to include another great bar from chef and owner, Grant van Gameren. The unique style of Bar Raval instantly transports you to one of my favorite cities, Barcelona. I fell in love with the Gaudi-esque design as soon as I walked in. The cocktails are extremely well-made and the tapas are delicious. Expect a wait to get in most nights, but it is well worth it.
(505 College Street, Toronto, ON M6G 1A4)
Drinks so unique, they’re paired with directions? Yep. The team at BarChef implement innovative techniques to create a multi-sensory cocktail experience. Sitting inside the dimly-lit bar, prepare to have all your senses stimulated with drinks that are beautiful and interactive. All their infused liquors, bitters, and syrups are made in-house. The aroma, taste, and presentation of each creative cocktail are sure to please.
(472 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2B2)