Toronto drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Bar in West End

Bar Raval

Standing in Bar Raval's magnificent, undulating mahogany interior, inspired by the works of Antoni Gaudí, feels like being surrounded by a set of petrified waves – it's otherworldly. The Basque-inspired pinxtos menu…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Kensington Market & Chinatown

BarChef

You'll hear 'oohs' and 'aahs' coming from the tables in the intimate near-darkness of this swanky bar as cocktails emerge alongside a bonsai tree, or under a bell jar of vanilla and hickory-wood smoke. Beyond novelt…
Top Choice Rooftop Bar in East Toronto & Rosedale

Rooftop

This rooftop bar with floor-to-ceiling windows and a wraparound patio affords guests a 360-degree view of Toronto and a breathtaking outlook on the city skyline. Shareables and finger foods – duck-fat popcorn with s…
Top Choice Pub in Downtown Yonge

O'Grady's

Come to this friendly Irish pub on Wednesdays for Dirty Bingo nights, when fabulous drag queens call out numbers and give winners risqué prizes from 9pm to midnight. On bingo-less nights, it's all about the patio – …
Top Choice Brewery in West End

Bellwoods Brewery

Fresh, urban-chic Bellwoods pours award-winning beers, from pale ales and double IPAs to stouts and wild ales. With candles lighting up the main room and gallery, the brewery itself is decidedly cool and buzzing wit…
Top Choice Bar in West End

Gladstone Hotel

This historic hotel revels in Toronto's avant-garde arts scene. The Gladstone Ballroom sustains offbeat DJs, poetry slams, jazz, book readings, alt-country and blues, and burlesque, while the Melody Bar hosts karaok…
Top Choice Pub in Yorkville & the Annex

Oxley

A first-class British pub, the Oxley is located in a 19th-century row house in the heart of Yorkville. Two floors of leather seating, ornate wallpaper and Victorian-era decor fill with business folk and the well-hee…
Top Choice Bar in West End

Drake Hotel

The Drake is part boutique hotel, part pub, part live-music venue, part nightclub. There's a bunch of different areas to enjoy, including the chic Sky Yard rooftop bar and the hipster Drake Underground basement. Che…
Coffee in Yorkville & the Annex

Slanted Door

A bright, contemporary coffee shop, the Slanted Door doubles as a gallery, showcasing work by emerging artists on its walls upstairs and down. The coffee drinks and teas are strong and flavorful, and the smoothies c…
Coffee in Entertainment & Financial Districts

Jimmy's

Located in a bohemian-chic row house, this hopping coffee joint serves up flavorful coffee drinks – even nitro cold brew on tap – made from beans roasted in-house. Explore and find a cozy spot: upstairs, downstairs,…