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The Best New Bars in Toronto, 2014

The best new bars in Toronto for 2014 came in all shapes and sizes, each of them bringing something new to Toronto's drinking scene. While some of the usual neighbourhoods saw new additions, it was a pleasant surprise to see many of the city's best bars opening up further away from the downtown core. It's all a good sign that the city is spreading out and becoming bigger.

Here are the best new bars in Toronto that opened in 2014.

See also: The top 10 new pubs in Toronto for 2014

The Gaslight

The Gaslight

Opening last spring at Bloor and Symington, this cozy spot from Megan Jones and Tim Pritchard is the kind of local you’re happy to spend all night in. Cocktails are downplayed (though they’re also fantastic) in favour of craft beers and wine. Garth Legree’s menu of comforting snacks and plates suits the inviting atmosphere perfectly, but the real reason to stay is the hospitality - you'll feel like a personal guest of Megan and Tim. It’s enough to make you feel all fuzzy inside.

Bar Fancy

Bar Fancy

The brainchild of Chantecler’s Jonathan Poon, Bar Fancy has fit very comfortably into any self-respecting West Queen West bar crawl’s repertoire. With snacks straight out of the 70s, like Devils on Horseback or artichoke dip with Ritz crackers, and a short but well-picked list of beers and wines, there’s a sort of snappy and slick element to Bar Fancy. (Just remember that the door is around back.)

Civil Liberties

Civil Liberties

Nick, Cole, and David — the three guys who made ordering a cocktail so much fun at Salt have a place to call their own, and it’s a doozy. Adopting a Casablanca design ethic, they’ve built an elegant and stylish room, and given themselves enough space behind the bar to get really playful with the drinks. Forgotten classics are unearthed, Tiki madness is embraced, and charcuterie is sliced. Bloor and Ossington is lucky to have them.

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