Renée S. Suen
Louis Cifer Brew Works
D.W. Alexander
East Thirty-Six
Renée S. Suen
Renée S. Suen
Thoroughbred
Renée S. Suen
Renée S. Suen
Rush Lane
Linwood Essentials
Renée S. Suen
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1. The County Cocktail and Snack Bar 798 Queen St E, Toronto , M4M 1H4 (Riverdale)

Who doesn’t want to sip on a flight of aged El Dorado between bites of their table-top chicken for two spread? At this East End spin-off of crowd favorite County General, rum-based cocktails and plenty of tasty snacks abound.

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2. Louis Cifer Brew Works 417 Danforth Ave, Toronto, M4K 1P1 (Riverdale)

The massive space at Louis Cifer Brew Works has a sports bar-esque feel, where you and your -- count them -- 230 closest friends can grab a seat and sample from the large selection of beers. There are even beer cocktails, boozy slushies, and homemade root beer. Alcoholic slushies! Homemade root beer!

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3. D.W. Alexander 19 Church St, Toronto, M5E1M2

Crafted like a gentleman’s study full of leather bound banquettes, stocked walnut bookcases, and bar shelves, this library bar takes every opportunity to pay homage to the 19th-century building’s original tenant: D.W. Alexander, a leather and hides tradesman. Find classic cocktails alongside house creations, including a gin-based D.W. Negroni that’s available by the glass or bottle.

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4. East Thirty-Six 36 Wellington St E, Toronto, M5E 1C7

East Thirty-Six is a nod to the Prohibition era, where you can find sophisticated bar bites mingling with fun, reimagined riffs on classic cocktails. Most numbers lean heavily towards fruit juices, homemade extracts, syrups, and tinctures.

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5. SpeakEasy 21 21 Adelaide St West, Toronto, M5H 1N1

Located in the Financial District, this restaurant/bar combo dishes out bistro fare with a huge selection of custom crafted 'tails using locally sourced ingredients (Pro tip: try the SpeakEasy Caesar).

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6. El Caballito Tequila Bar 220 King St W, Toronto, M5H 1K4

El Caballito has mastered the melding of two glorious worlds, tequila and affordable Mexican comfort food. Pro tip: try the flank steak and baked fish tacos.

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7. Thoroughbred Food & Drink 304 Richmond St W, Toronto, M5V 1X2

Housed in a three-story Victorian in the Entertainment District, Thoroughbred's food is billed as contemporary Canadian, which basically gives the place license to serve just about anything, and it does so with options like Kung pao cauliflower, and a mixed Waldorf salad w/ miso & almond.

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8. LoPan 503 College St, Toronto, M6J 2J3 (Little Italy)

This Little Italy spot is located upstairs from DaiLo and serves dim sum-inspired snacks like the Big Mac steamed bao and pastrami spring rolls, not to mention a host of creative cocktails.

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9. Bar Buca 75 Portland St, Toronto, M5V (Fashion District)

This Italian Fashion District resto/bar churns out delicious Italian sammies, out-of-this-world stuffed burrata, and seriously good 'tails, like their Pelo Canino Bloody Caesar.

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10. Rush Lane 563 Queen St W, Toronto, M5V 2B6 (Fashion District)

With a crew of experienced bartenders on hand, the focus here is on cocktails -- but with a delightfully non-traditional twist. It’s not every day that you enter a bar with its own laboratory complete with a rotovap and centrifuge to make its distillates and extracts. Nor one that uses digital meters and scales to measure all of its ingredients.

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11. Linwood Essentials 930 Queen St W, Toronto, M6J 1G9 (Trinity Bellwoods)

This Queen West speakeasy does sell classic cocktails (only $7 a pop!) and over 70 bottled beers, but it’s the whimsical and original numbers that attract crowds. Indeed, it’s hard to resist names like the Artisanal Middle Finger (that’s made with green chartreuse and concentrated PBR, decorated with an orange-rind mustache and knock-off Ray Bans) or drinks that promise you Froot Loops milk (Breakfast in Portland).

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12. Gaslight 1426 Bloor St W, Toronto, M6P 3L5 (Junction Triangle)

At this casual spot, expect to find a menu-free cocktail list that’s supported by a well-stocked back bar, including quality tequilas and whiskeys. Most drinks can be had at $10 and under.

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