The Drink Toronto

The Drink

The Drink is a gay-owned, gay-run independent coffee shop and bar hosting drag shows, DJs, drag bingo, video dance parties, workshops and comedy shows at their upper-level space. The best part: there’s usually no cover.

The emphasis is on whisky and espresso, and uniquely, fresh baked goods are available for pretty much the entirety of their open hours from pre-noon to last call.

Drink Toronto

Though the narrow hideaway is up a flight of stairs, it’s otherwise a completely accepting atmosphere with gender neutral bathrooms, big screen TVs visible from anywhere and a gigantic projector screen behind a small stage.

Drink Toronto

On a Thursday evening I arrive for what I assume is a drag show, but actually turns out to be a public screening of Ru Paul’s Drag Race All Stars complete with yelling at the screen, trivia questions asked by a drag queen during commercial breaks and shots that are either awarded for right or wrong answers, I can’t exactly tell.

Drink Toronto

Folks mingle and chat at the bar and tables while gazing at wall-mounted TVs, while diehards sit rapt on the floor in front of the live broadcast on the projector screen.

Drink Toronto

The Big D ($9) is a cocktail with a Bulleit bourbon base, with bitters, lemon, lime, a house cherry and ginger beer for a bit of a kick.

Drink Toronto

A classic Old Fashioned ($10) is made with Four Roses Bourbon and Dolin vermouth. It’s got a cheery red hue to it and a balanced taste.

Drink Toronto

Giant ice cubes so drinks don’t get too watered down and quality glassware are nice touches.

Drink Toronto

Sweet signature cocktail The Drink combines their two fortes of coffee and liquor with hot espresso, Bailey’s, Frangelico and creme de cacao topped with whipped cream and a cherry.

Drink Toronto

Local beers on draft like Side Launch ($8.75) and Beau’s ($8) round out the drinks list.

Drink Toronto

House-baked cookies ($2.50) and scones ($3.25) keep coming out fresh the entire length of my stay.

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Apparently thickly frosted carrot squares are the most popular.

Drink Toronto

A complimentary popcorn machine also putters away in the corner for a bit of a savoury late night snack option, probably necessary considering all the alcohol being consumed.

Drink Toronto

Before this the spot was home to multiple casual restaurants, so the community-based transformation is welcome.

Drink Toronto

Arrive early for events because it gets packed in here, and check out mimosa specials during the day on weekends.

Drink Toronto

Photos by

Hector Vasquez


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