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What LCBO location is open the latest in Toronto?

Posted by Derek Flack / August 21, 2014

lcbo open late torontoLCBO locations open late in Toronto aren't exactly plentiful. While many stores have hours that will cover you until 9pm through the week and on Saturdays, that's still a recipe for some scrambling if you've left your liquor plans until the last minute. Even a bigger store like the Summerhill flagship is only open until 10pm Monday through Saturday (it used to be 11pm, but the hours were scaled back a few years ago). There is, however, an exception, a beacon in the dark, dry night, a lone store that mercifully remains open until 11pm.

The LCBO at Weston and 401 is somehow open until 11pm every day but Sunday. Having learned this little tidbit a while ago, I got to wondering after the reasons behind these extended hours, particularly in a location that seems a less likely candidate than other more central stores. "It's open later because of its size (the fourth largest LCBO store in Toronto after Summerhill, Queen's Quay and Bayview Village)," explains Lisa Murray, Senior Communications Consultant with the LCBO.

Add to that its "high volume of sales...its easily accessible location off Highway 401 (which also makes it serve as a "hub" store for that part of the city), and that it is a primary retail sales point for discontinued items," and you have an explanation for the anomaly. So take note, fellow booze hounds. Should you need to stock up late(ish) at night, this is your spot. If only it wasn't the only one. Are you listening, LCBO?

See also: The best and worst LCBO locations in Toronto



NO to LCBO / August 21, 2014 at 12:12 am
And LCBO wonders why 90% of us want it dismantled and alcohol distribution privatized? Do they want $100 per hour to stay awake past midnight?
sean / August 21, 2014 at 12:24 am
...and anyone wanting to get there later in the evening after discovering they've drank all the booze at home needs to drive, most likely on the 401. If the LCBO's 'social responsibility' weren't anything but a total crock, they would open the transit-friendly Summerhill till 11.

Gill / August 21, 2014 at 12:40 am
Even the Parkdale location is open pretty late to like 10pm some nights.

LCBO Queen & Dufferin

11 Brock Avenue
(416) 532-7283

Monday 10:00 AM — 9:00 PM
Tuesday 10:00 AM — 9:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM — 9:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM — 10:00 PM CLOSED
Friday 10:00 AM — 10:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM — 10:00 PM
Sunday 12:00 PM — 6:00 PM
McRib / August 21, 2014 at 07:15 am
nice, one store in a city of nearly 3 million. And its at Weston and the 401.
Strav / August 21, 2014 at 07:47 am
Montreal says hi - even their version of the LCBO (SAQ) is open to 10pm daily everywhere incl. Sundays.
Beer Store sux, LCBO rox replying to a comment from NO to LCBO / August 21, 2014 at 09:11 am
90% of us want LCBO dismantled?? Uh, where'd you get your math, brainiac?

Smoke another bowl, dude.
Albertan / August 21, 2014 at 09:27 am
One of the most difficult adjustments moving from Alberta to Toronto is your liquor and grocery store hours. The most annoying part is that both are closed on holidays (not to mention malls). Having to search out one of the lone grocers open on Thanksgiving was an unexpected surprise. I also don't find either LCBO or Beer Store locations all that convenient (perhaps Beer store more so than LCBO). While several blocks may not be a big deal for a bottle of wine, trying to carry a 24 of beer or any substantial amount of liquor becomes a serious nuisance. Privatize. All the cool kids did it.
J / August 21, 2014 at 09:27 am
It would make more sense if they followed the same hours as bars - 11am to 2am, or at least untill midnight. Who is buying beer at 9am?
Sam replying to a comment from Strav / August 21, 2014 at 09:33 am
Hi Montreal. How are the Expos doing? Say Hi to Youppi for me.

JENN replying to a comment from J / August 21, 2014 at 09:40 am
Alot of Restaurants and Bars are stocking up early in the day.
B replying to a comment from J / August 21, 2014 at 09:48 am
you obviously don't live in Parkdale if you need to ask that question
Todd Toronto replying to a comment from Sam / August 21, 2014 at 09:53 am
"Hi Montreal. How are the Expos doing? Say Hi to Youppi for me."

Youppi is now the Canadiens mascot. The Habs did quite well in the playoffs last year. Weird response.
Guy replying to a comment from Rick / August 21, 2014 at 09:54 am
I think you have a drinking problem if this is such an issue for you. You can reach the Toronto arm of Alcoholics Anonymous at (416) 487-5591. Please consider
EC / August 21, 2014 at 10:16 am
Most Wine Rack locations are open until 11pm. I often opt for my local Wine Rack for a quick weeknight bottle over the LCBO. Their selection is obviously pretty limited, but it's less busy, the staff are friendly and they always offer free samples! :)
Sam replying to a comment from Todd Toronto / August 21, 2014 at 10:16 am
Yes it was quite weird to jump on here and talk about Montreal at all. They play no part in this. Enjoy the Riots!
Lodo replying to a comment from JENN / August 21, 2014 at 10:34 am
Bars don't buy from LCBO or Beer Stores. They have suppliers.
firepow replying to a comment from Lodo / August 21, 2014 at 10:39 am
know little do you
JENN replying to a comment from Lodo / August 21, 2014 at 10:52 am
WRONG. Bars get alcohol from the LCBO and Beer Store all the time. Either buy delivery or purchasing at an LCBO retail location. Many of the bars along Queen, Dundas and College I see in the LCBO all the time loading up a massive cart of booze.

They use a business account card (more for tax purposes), where it saves on some kind of paperwork or headache on the liquor taxes.

JENN replying to a comment from Lodo / August 21, 2014 at 10:54 am
"Licensed bars and restaurants may resell alcoholic beverages, but they must be consumed on the establishment's premises. The bars and restaurants themselves must buy their products from the LCBO, The Beer Store, or directly from Ontario wineries and breweries."

From Wikipedia
Retail Worker replying to a comment from Albertan / August 21, 2014 at 11:05 am
@Albertan Heaven forbid retail workers get a day off, cry me a river with your hardship of being unable to make a purchase 9 days a year. You must also live beside a grocery store because apprently carring anything a few blocks is impossible.
Laura / August 21, 2014 at 11:50 am
This is actually an awesome LCBO. They have tons of hard-to-find stuff that I can never get in any of the downtown stores, like Creme Yvette.
Elvis / August 21, 2014 at 12:12 pm
The Weston & 401 LCBO is one of the best. Great vintage wine, bourbon and craft beer selection.
Friar Canuck / August 21, 2014 at 12:14 pm
user-pic says hello from 2005 if you're looking for a Beer Store or LCBO that is still open.
Kathryn / August 21, 2014 at 12:56 pm
Would love the Summerhill location to be open later. For someone who doesn't have a car - it's mostly late night visits to the Wine Rack (who are all open later hint hint LCBO). Toronto is too big for the LBCO to still have their archaic store hours from years past. Modernize your business structure and keep up with the times if the LCBO wants to appease their customers.
To Strav / August 21, 2014 at 01:13 pm
Thanks for making my day. I was waiting for some deluded type to try and make it sound like the SAQ is any different than the LCBO. It's the same bloody thing, only the SAQ stores are less attractive than the LCBO, and have much less selection. To top it off, the SAQ is also more expensive than the LCBO. So, enjoy paying more for your bottle of Scotch which you are so proud of being able to buy at ***oooooooh*** the late late hour of 10pm! I don't think there are any SAQ's that stay open until 11pm, so hurry up!

scottd replying to a comment from NO to LCBO / August 21, 2014 at 03:01 pm
Not many jurisdiction sell booze after midnight. You might be surprised how many in the US dont after 8pm.
PC replying to a comment from To Strav / August 21, 2014 at 03:11 pm
Hmm, that may be true but at least Quebecers aren't limited to purchasing their booze at the SAQ like we in Ontario are forced to buy from the LCBO or Brewer's Retail.

In Quebec you can at least pick up a six pack or bottle of wine at pretty much any depanneur.

The one saving grace in Ontario, at least for beer drinkers is that there are lots of breweries that keep their retail stores open until 11 pm (the law won't allow anything later) and most of them are also open on holidays where the LCBO and Beer Stores are closed.
ActiveToronto / August 21, 2014 at 03:18 pm
It's pretty bad when a city like ours has to scramble to find a place that stays open. Some LCBO's close at 6 pm on weekends! It's pretty clear that the LCBO is over-entitled and over-paid, which is brutal considering the hours they maintain. They don't want anything changed. They will never extend their hours. Wish there was a way to force them into convenience and grocery stores via public demand. So simple...yet so hard.
DL replying to a comment from PC / August 21, 2014 at 03:47 pm
Quebec is NEVER the model to follow. For anything. Period. Use NY State or Michigan or any other place they sell 2-4's at 7-11.
PC replying to a comment from ActiveToronto / August 21, 2014 at 03:50 pm
Let's not forget that there is essentially no value-add at the LCBO. Sure, you might get lucky and have an enthusiast at a particular location but for the most part these are just unionized workers who aren't required to know the product they're selling.

At the very least, the Ontario government needs to allow Ontario manufacturers of wine, beer and spirits the freedom to retail outside of the confines of the LCBO and their own very limited and regulated retail spaces. This is sort of happening for VQA, but for some reason beer and liquor got left behind.
PC replying to a comment from DL / August 21, 2014 at 04:26 pm
I'm not suggesting Ontario use Quebec as a model, I'm just pointing out that they at least have alternatives to the SAQ!
Vintages Value replying to a comment from PC / August 21, 2014 at 05:06 pm
If you took the time to ask the staff questions you might be surprised, those who work in the vintages section are very knowledgeable. Just bececause they are unionized doesn't mean they are stupid.
JaDE / August 21, 2014 at 08:03 pm
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Albertan / August 21, 2014 at 08:22 pm
@Retail Worker The argument is about convenience. I choose to live in a neighbourhood with enough conveniences in walking distance so that I don't have to drive. It would be nice to include liquor, wine and beer among them. As for retailers working holidays, there are plenty of other occupations that work on holidays. They still get days off. Besides the fact that certain "tourist areas" are exempt from the rule, which means some retail workers work on holidays and others don't.
NickR / August 21, 2014 at 10:07 pm
Even the Private beer store closes between 9-10pm so the whole Public vs Private debate is smoke and mirrors.

If you can't a) plan ahead or b) drink all night long then you've got some serious issues.
Lafcadio / August 22, 2014 at 12:25 am
Ontario is a good place for children.
ants / August 22, 2014 at 01:03 am
I went to LCBO at Weston Road and 401 once after 9 & I feared for my life. not the safest place. patrolled by cops thats crazy
Free Enterprise / August 22, 2014 at 01:33 am
Just forget all about using any other Canadian jurisdiction as an example to follow, because they are all restrictive and monopolized (Alberta buys the liquor first and then sells it to retailers). You can (until 11pm) buy a few popular brands of beer at Quebec corner stores, and they sell very cheap wine that is more useful for cleaning clogged drains than for drinking. Unfortunately an entire province has been weaned on undrinkable depanneur plonk. Use jurisdictions from around the world to compare to. We want to buy hard liquor and beer in supermarkets, and I don't see why there has to be any closing hour of sales, either.
SD replying to a comment from Beer Store sux, LCBO rox / August 22, 2014 at 03:09 am
rgb / August 22, 2014 at 06:40 pm
Right across the street from me, never realized I've was so lucky
Fernando / January 17, 2015 at 10:14 pm
I think LCBO stores should be open until 2am. They should have an automated breathilzer on the wall if you blow 0. At anytime they should let you in. If you blow anything over 0 . entry not permitted thus to prevent drinking and driving. This is a safe way to serve the public and also make more money. Who feels this is a good idea? Also alcohol in convienient stores?? Why not? The LCBO will have an immediate increase of profits from stores stocking up and buying inventory. Put alcohol in local stores. That first week LCBO will have 1 billion dollars in sales.
dcrilly replying to a comment from Strav / April 4, 2015 at 08:12 pm
No they are not.
SAQ closing times are all over the place and almost always too early.
Some close at 6.
Many close at 7
A very few are open until 10.
JBird / April 4, 2015 at 08:28 pm
This article is from August 2014. Maybe check the LCBO website before reposting on Facebook? King & Spadina is also open until 11 on Fridays & Saturdays. (Closed Sundays, though... weird.) I see 5 locations listed through the centre of the city open until 10 on most weekdays.
Gustav0 / April 4, 2015 at 08:32 pm
Plan ahead!
Who effing cares how late some outlets are open?
TERRY C replying to a comment from NO to LCBO / April 4, 2015 at 09:02 pm
Durr / April 5, 2015 at 09:15 am
@Fernando - That is literally the dumbest idea I've ever heard, shut the hell up.
Rob / October 2, 2015 at 10:22 pm
I am gonna start brewing my own beer and will keep the garage open until midnight. Who's in?
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