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The Best Cocktail Bars in Toronto

The best cocktail bars in Toronto are where to polish off a molecular cocktail or a classic martini—lord knows we need a drink. Shaken, stirred or smoked, these concoctions will have you buzzing in more ways than one. 

Here are the best cocktail bars in Toronto.


Northwood
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Northwood

This parkside hang has a patio that's perfect for imbibing on Sidecars and Old Fashioned's just steps from Christie Pits. Aside from the classic cocktails this cozy spot also runs sours, smashes and fun spirit-based drinks. 

Bar Raval
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Bar Raval

Little Italy’s world-famous tapas spot is a stunner. Negronis, fortified wines and their olive oil-washed Raval Martini taste all the better in this loopy mahogany bar inspired by Gaudi.


Shameful Tiki Room
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Shameful Tiki Room

The only thing this Parkdale getaway takes seriously is its menu of extremely boozy Tiki cocktails. Shameful is kitsch in all the right ways and fun guaranteed. Order the Volcano Bowl to share with friends and revel in the smoky spectacle of a volcanic eruption. 

BarChef
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BarChef

Toronto’s cocktail scene got the boost it needed when this modern bar hit Queen West more than a decade ago. Creativity knows no bounds when it comes to this molecular experience, nor do the housemade bitters—there are over 5,000 of them here.


Civil Liberties
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Civil Liberties

Follow the pineapple to Bloorcourt’s custom cocktail bar that’s dedicated to making a drink for every mood. Don’t expect menus here: highly-skilled bartenders are trained to suss out your cocktail of choice through conversation alone.


Grey Tiger
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Grey Tiger

Bloordale's romantic little bar and bottle shop blends cocktails with poetry and art, serving up carefully crafted drinks. Cocktails ranging from floral to earthy go well with their evening finger foods.

Famous Last Words
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Famous Last Words

Avid readers can congregate over cocktails at this bookish bar in the Junction. Try a strawberry-infused shake-up of Tom Robbins’ absurdist fiction, Still Life With Woodpecker, or a stirred rum-meets-sake ode to Haruki Murakami’s Kafka On The Shore.


Project Gigglewater
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Project Gigglewater

The outside’s not much to look at, but don’t let the unassuming Dundas West storefront fool you. Drinks from this rotating cocktail menu pack a flavourful punch. If you’re looking for a dark low-key space to imbibe on sea asparagus-infused vodka, this is it.

Cry Baby Gallery
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Cry Baby Gallery

Cocktails like the tequila and cinammon infused Golden Sombrero are the perfect end to the day at this Dundas West hideaway that also functions as an art gallery.

Lead photo by

Fareen Karim of Cry Baby Gallery.


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