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The Fairmont Royal York100 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5J 1E3
You won’t find too many young’uns at Toronto’s most infamous hotel bar, but it’s worth a visit for anyone looking to be whisked from downtown’s bustling streets and into a 1940s film. Old souls of all ages love the Library Bar at the Fairmont Royal York, furnished with leather couches and armchairs, wood panelling, and bookshelves of Canadian classics (hardcover and leather-bound, naturally). Located across the street from Union Station (aka a stone’s throw from the ACC), the lobby-level bar is the ideal spot to enjoy a whiskey neat and a boost of class to your evening.
Well-healed hotel guests and Toronto locals enjoy afternoon tea in regal surroundings at the Royal York Hotel’s iconic Library Bar. Internationally inspired tea blends are served in fine china alongside delicate finger sandwiches and pretty cakes and pastries plated on traditional tiered serving platters. In the warmer months, visitors finish off the weekend tea service with a tour of the hotel’s rooftop garden and bee apiary (hotel chefs harvest organically grown herbs and honey on site). Reservations are recommended.
The dark wood panelling and ceiling-to-floor drapes will probably make you want to keep your voice down by day (after all it is a library!), but things loosen up in the evening in this stately bar at The Fairmont Hotel. The wine list is fairly extensive, with around 50 Canadian, New World and European varietals to pick from – most of which you can purchase by the glass. Reading the menu is fun as it has a literary theme.