liquor of Alex reviews: Online and newspaper bar reviews are your best tools when trying to quench your thirst in Toronto. Most reviews rate bars by atmosphere, variety of liquor and deals. These independent restaurant reviewers have no one to please but their taste buds! Vibe for the night: In the mood for some pub food to go with your beer selection?
Would you rather enjoy a glass of wine while listening to some live jazz music, or end up dancing the night away at the hottest clubs? Your search for the best bar in Toronto will depend on whether you’re looking for a relaxed atmosphere or something more lively.
Location, location, location: Once you’ve figured out the type of outing you’re in for, think about where you’d like to hit up the town. Places on busy main streets provide the option of bar hopping, while other spots will give you the chance to visit popular parts of the city outside of downtown Toronto.
The gastropub atmosphere means that you are not stuck with some greasy reheated fare, but rather hearty food that matches the fancy brews. Start with the garlic doughnuts and don’t shy away from the breaded pickles. Breath mints might be a nice thing to pack along with your wallet.
You may be able to have too many shoes, but you can never have too many brew pubs (too much beer is another thing, but we don’t want to be downers). Toronto’s Barhop doesn’t require that you engage in a tour of the city.
An opinionated cocktail bar that can be hard to find from the street, Hoof Cocktail bar is the drinking extension of the extinct, yet popular, restaurant The Black Hoof. You will find classic and clever drinks with bourbon, rye, cognac and more for the base. You may want to try a Guajillo Margarita, even if you don’t know what guajillo infused tequila is.
What you won’t find as the base is vodka, which owner Jen Agg declared as “dumb” in a blog post. If you can do without your vodka, you will gain low lighting, smooth jazz and candles in mason jars as the backdrop to your drinking experience. The food menu is limited, but does include Black Hoof inspired meaty elements, such as duck wings or popcorn chicken hearts.
If you are really hungry, go to the Black Hoof after or before your drinks. An opinionated cocktail bar that can be hard to find from the street, Hoof Cocktail bar is the drinking extension of the extinct, yet popular, restaurant The Black Hoof. This cocktail bar is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, in case you want a stiff drink with your Eggs Benedict.
It is often the case that bars either shine with drinks or with food, but Bar Begonia is the rare exception where both are stellar. Drinks do not shy away from the liquor, which is refreshing in a city known for expensive, watered down drinks.
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We don’t have to tell you how incredible French food is, especially when it is done right, and Bar Begonia has all the fatty Frenchness you could want. Especially after one of those stiff drinks. This cocktail bar is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, in case you want a stiff drink with your Eggs Benedict.
There are two types of people in this world: those who have a good relationship with tequila and those that do not. If you and tequila have the relationship status of “It’s Complicated,” Reposado may be the place to deepen your bond. There are over 128 tequilas behind the bar, so you certainly have your choices.
There is even an affiliated house band (named the Reposadists, of course) to bring the party to another level on the weekends. Indoor and outdoor seating provide lots of atmosphere, while the tapas menu can help to soak up some of the excess liquor so that things don’t get too crazy.
There are two types of people in this world: those who have a good relationship with tequila and those that do not. If you and tequila have the relationship status of “It’s Complicated,” Reposado may be the place to deepen your bond. If you like hearing the word “exclusive,” have we got the cocktail bar for you.
The Toronto Temperance Society is a members-only cocktail lounge, so delightfully old fashioned you half expect Humphrey Bogart to saunter in. You can also email for reservations, as Toronto’s worst-kept secret now has a website. The majority of the drinks use “pre-prohibition” times recipes and have more alcohol than the sugary concoctions many of us are now used to.