In a city full of amazing restaurants and bars, spending precious moonlight hours inside a hotel may not seem like the best use of one's time. But Toronto has undergone a hotel boom in recent years, with international luxury brands such as the Shangri-La, Delta and Ritz Carlton erecting in the city. To stand out from the pack, hotels needed to up their game.
Up they did: hotels now have incredible in-house bars and lounges that not only draw tourists to Toronto, but also locals looking for an upscale jaunt to enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail. The Delta Toronto impresses the after work crowd with Char No. 5, a whiskey bar that allows people to enact their favourite scenes from Mad Men, minus the smoking. Those who want to experience a hotel bar that has stood the test of time should visit the Library Bar at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, which has been serving nightcaps and casual meals since 1929. End your evening by enjoying a Manhattan in the wood-panelled Edwardian room and be whisked away to another era.
Want something a little younger and more lively? Karaoke nights at the Gladstone Hotel's Melody Bar are legendary in Toronto, drawing an eclectic mix of hipsters and former hippies who have lived in the west end neighbourhood for decades.
These bars might station tourists closer to their hotel. We do recommend getting out of the bubble from time to time, but until then, drink up.