1. Horseshoe Tavern370 Queen St W, Toronto
2. Bar Volo587 Yonge St, Toronto
3. Sneaky Dee's431 College St, Toronto
4. Bar Raval505 College St, Toronto
5. Cold Tea60 Kensington Ave, Toronto
6. The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar194 Queen St W, Toronto
7. Duffy's Tavern1238 Bloor Street West, Toronto
8. The Communist's Daughter1149 Dundas St W, Toronto
9. Toronto Temperance Society577 College St., Toronto
A mainstay on the Toronto rock scene, this intimate venue is a part of the city's history. Big ticket acts have included The Rolling Stones, The Strokes, Wilco, Spoon, and more.
A beer lover's paradise. Also a whiskey lover's paradise. Decent for people who love cider. And, oh man, the meats and cheeses too! We'd say it's just a pretty great place for anyone who like to drink alcohol (which is you, probably.)
A dive bar. Get the nachos. (Some things in life are straightforward, Sneaky Dee's is one of them.)
There are wine bars you expect, and then there are wine bars that look ripped from one of Antoni Gadui's sketchbooks, and Basque-inflected Bar Raval in Little Italy is of the latter category. The actual bar itself qualifies as a work of art: its curving, sculptural wood undulates and climbs up the walls to form an alien canopy above drinkers' heads. A pinxto menu provides all the toothpicked snacks you could hope for, from salt-cured tuna loin to petit mushroom towers. A thoughtful selection of Spanish wines go down smoothly, but do take care to order one of the specialty sherry pours, complete with background on the bottle history from knowledgable bartenders.
While its location may be a bit off the beaten path (tucked away deep within an urban shopping center), Cold Tea's drinks good enough to turn you into the mallrat you were in middle school. Cut through the commerce and head straight to the cocktails-- if you're feeling gutsy, "choose your adventure" and let the bartender mix you a unique drink from scratch. Cold Tea also scores bonus points for its in-house food option, its very own dim sum cart.
This Queen St West venue is a hotel/jazz club/resto, which many consider the BEST place in the city to hit up for quality live jazz and blues, not to mention tasty food and quality drinks.
Open since 1949, the years have neutralized this classic pub, making it a common ground for the young and the old, locals and visitors, drinkers and... other drinkers. Live music and scrumptious nibbles certainly don't hurt either.
Although this has become a relatively popular place, it still features a laid-back atmosphere in the west end of the city. And the "Snack Bar" sign out front? Pay no attention, that means you've found it.
This members-only cocktail lounge hidden above Sidecar Restaurant boasts one of the best selections of liquors in Toronto with an extensive cocktail program that focuses on recipes that date back a century or more, with some newer concoctions thrown in. The look and feel here is old-fashioned, kind of like an upscale speakeasy. And there are house rules to follow, like no phone calls at the bar, no talking to a lady until spoken to, and our favorite: “Do not ever attempt to order a cosmopolitan. You will be asked, politely, to leave.”