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The Best New Bars in Toronto

The best new bars in Toronto are getting us through with wine and tiki cocktails— all while hopscotching through lockdown closures and reopenings. It’s all worth it when craft beer, live music and lawn games are on the horizon. 

Here are the best new bars in Toronto.


Bar Pompette
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Bar Pompette

The sister bar to Little Italy’s French restaurant Pompette supplies coffee and fresh-baked goods in the morning and cocktails on tap in the evening. Sip on Nitro Colada on the adorable patio out back.

Piccolo Cafe e Vino
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Piccolo Cafe e Vino

John Street has a new pitstop for Italian cocktails, pinot grigio and roses from Spain. Head over during happy hour between noon and 5 p.m. for campari sodas and glasses of buck-an-Oz wine.


Track & Field
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Track & Field

Talk about an upgrade: College Street’s basement bar for bocce and draught beer has reopened down the street with two storeys and way nicer furniture. The whole point of one-handed lawn games is that you can hold a cocktail in the other.

BSMT 254
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BSMT 254

Hard to believe, but Toronto just got a new spot for live music, several in fact. Among them is this bar at Lansdowne and College, tallying a win for music lovers with some proper programming and booze to boot.


Lavender Menace
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Lavender Menace

Leslieville’s Lesbian-owned retro bar serves a curated list of craft cocktails to go with their menu of Southern-style cooking. To no one’s surprise, their list of gay n’ groovy libations has been dubbed ‘Pussytails’.


Sari NOT Sari
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Sari NOT Sari

Replacing the lower-level Parkdale party spot The Shop comes a bar that’s a lot more versatile. Owner Justin Bella has transformed the space into a hub for Filipino culture, from the BB’s weekend pop-ups down to the parties DJ’d by Toronto’s best.

Fun Time
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Fun Time

Right upstairs from Sari NOT Sari is this snack bar sharing space with nightclub AMPM. It’s a no-rezo spot for noodles and cocktails running Wednesday to Sunday in the digs where Parts & Labour used to be.


Bar Cathedral
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Bar Cathedral

This venue on The Esplanade takes its live music seriously. The Cathedral-themed house cocktails are definitely worth a mention, but the stellar sound system will definitely have you focused more on the music than the drink in your hand.

Port Light on Bloor
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Port Light on Bloor

The team behind Shameful Tiki Room have done it again with this nautical-themed watering hole in Bloordale Village. Expect a sturdy list of extremely boozy and delicious cocktails that impress every time.

Lead photo by

Hector Vasquez at Track and Field. Additional photo by Lavender Menace. 


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