From barista coffee to wine, beer and cocktails, Toronto has no shortage of watering holes. With some of Canada’s finest wines are produced just down the road in Niagara, and impeccable craft beer being brewed daily, you won’t go thirsty in Toronto.
1. Skin + Bones
This new wine bar is the new buzz in town. The funky industrial space in the heart of Leslieville plays host to the cool kids in town, serving up cocktails, draft beer, cider tailored for breakfast lunch and dinner, with an impeccable wine list to match.
2. Snakes + Lattes
This is the perfect rainy day café. Sip your barista coffee and specialty espressos as you guess ‘who dunnit?’ over a rowdy game of Cluedo at Snakes + Lattes. This dedicated board game café offers impeccable coffee and a huge library of board and card games.
3. Amsterdam Brewhouse
Since 1986, the Amsterdam Brewhouse has created its own ales, lagers, stouts and seasonal beers on premise, staying true to its original promise to serve up flavoursome beer, made daily by hand. Take a free brewery tour and sample the wares of this proud establishment.
4. Cibo Wine Bar
With arguably the finest vino in Canada produced in nearby Niagara, the industrial chic Cibo Wine Bar is a magnet for local and visiting wine connoisseurs. The uptown bar won’t run dry any time soon, with 2500 bottles in an enormous, award-winning wine room.
At Actinolite on Ossington Avenue, you’ll find unique wines and cocktails created with sustainable, organic, biodynamic ingredients. The cocktail list doesn’t stay the same for long, but the signature Solstice Sour is a favourite – a mix of sherry, lemon, Cynar, cranberry bitters, sugar and egg white.
6. Sip on Sake
Take a brewery tour of the Ontario Spring Water Sake Company and indulge in unpasteurised, locally-brewed sake, made with pure Ontario spring water. The only brewery of its kind in eastern North America, its unique sakes are served in Toronto’s finest restaurants.
7. Balzac’s Coffee
Inspired by one of history’s consummate coffee aficionados, Honore de Balzac, this artisan coffee house can be found in several Toronto neighbourhoods, uniquely designed to harmonise with the culture of each village. Sip on some of the best coffee in the city, Parisian style!
8. Mill Street Brewery
It doesn’t get better than this. Three-time Canadian Brewery of the Year, the East Toronto microbrewers serve up organic lager, Tankhouse Pale Ale, Balzac’s Coffee Porter and an ever-expanding portfolio of more than 60 original beers.
9. Farmhouse Tavern
For classic cocktails and unique blends, head to the Farmhouse Tavern in The Junction. Pull up a tractor seat and drink classic cocktails served in mason jars. Try the house special, mixing Collingwood Whiskey and Moondog Bitters with an orange and clove syrup.
Spend a summer afternoon on the relaxed, tree-lined patio of this Irish saloon on Danforth Ave in Greektown. An institution in Toronto, Allen’s offers 340 whiskies, a lengthy scotch and beer list, and more than 100 VQA wines from all regions of Ontario and British Columbia.