Why Go to Any Bar When You Can Drink at Toronto's Best?

It's hard work for a writer, getting a "best bar" assignment. Even though it has been a struggle, I did manage to scope out everything from watering holes to high end establishments that require the right shoes (and no, Toms don't make the cut). Drink by drink, I established what makes a bar unforgettable in Toronto. Then I promptly forgot what I was writing about.

Bar-goers can have it all in cosmopolitan Toronto. Whether it is the drink that puts hair on your chest, or the people who make you forget about your 9 to 5, the right bar can be a hub of community and transformation. Plus, most bars have booze, which many Canadians tend to enjoy. (And if not, many of these places make one hell of a mocktail.)

If you like your bars to look like works of art, look no further than Bar Raval. you like to go to somewhere with live music and lots of (good) tequila, try out the Reposado Tequila Bar Toronto

There is no such thing as one-size-fits-all people, so why shouldn't our bars be as unique as we are? Whether you love a laid-back lounge or a dive bar, we don't judge.

Take a swig of what the city has to offer.

Little Italy


If you have ever structured a day around when you would get to a glass of wine, you must give Mad Crush a try. Eating and drinking wine is an art, and one that is greatly appreciated by the staff here. The best part is that wine can be enjoyed...  Read More

High Park/Roncesvalles


Like a fine wine, the area of Roncesvalles just keeps getting better with age. Enter The Ace, which used to be a Chinese restaurant and has become a chic and cozy bar which is just the ticket on a cold weather day. Dinner and lunch items take...  Read More



You may be able to have too many shoes, but you can never have too many brew pubs (too much beer is another thing, but we don't want to be downers). Toronto's Barhop doesn't require that you engage in a tour of the city. There is more than...  Read More



If you like hearing the word "exclusive," have we got the cocktail bar for you. The Toronto Temperance Society is a members-only cocktail lounge, so delightfully old fashioned you half expect Humphrey Bogart to saunter in. If you don't want to...  Read More

Little Italy


An opinionated cocktail bar that can be hard to find from the street, Cocktail bar is the drinking extension of the extinct, yet popular, restaurant The Black Hoof. You will find classic and clever drinks with bourbon, rye, cognac and more for...  Read More



When reviewers describe a bar as "lovely" you realize that you are far from dive bar territory. Mulberry Bar has amazing drinks, which for a bar, is probably the first and foremost important thing. Coco Chanel has rum, coconut liqueur, almond...  Read More



This cocktail bar is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner (on the weekends at least), in case you want a stiff drink with your Eggs Benedict. It is often the case that bars either shine with drinks or with food, but Bar Begonia is the rare...  Read More



There are two types of people in this world: those who have a good relationship with tequila and those that do not. If you and tequila have the relationship status of "It's Complicated," Reposado may be the place to deepen your bond. (FYI, A...  Read More



The King West restaurant Marben has a secret. It's The Cloak, which is found down the stairwell between its bar and kitchen, and then you must go through a heavy curtain (like a magician's cloak) to enter. (If anything is more exciting than...  Read More

Little Italy


Bar Raval has an aesthetic appeal so universal, most people start out their evening by taking a photo or two. The Gaudi-inspired panels seem like Swiss cheese that has turned into wood. Wine bottles balance precariously on the swirly wooden...  Read More


Meet Courtney Sunday

Courtney Sunday has lived in England, Switzerland, Canada and the US, finding her way into the professions of freelance writing and yoga teaching in between travel opportunities. She learned...  More About Courtney