Picking the perfect spot for a first date can be a daunting task. How do you impress a new love interest without looking like you’re trying too hard? Take the pressure off at these cool-yet-casual first date spots.
There’s nothing like a round of discounted beverages to take the edge off after a long day at the office. Unwind for less and enjoy a happy-hour drink (or two) at these Toronto bars.
Happy Hour, False Economy Hour, Cocktail Hour, call it what you will, but one thing is for sure: there’s no shortage of daily drink specials or happy imbibers on Queen Street East. These bars, pubs, restaurants and taverns do it best, offering great drinks at reduced prices to make your first few hours after work even more enjoyable. [Image credit: iStock.com/Pekic]
Whether they’re mixing with gin or vodka, spicy ginger beer or Domaine de Canton, fresh lime or lime liqueur, these Toronto restaurants have mastered the Moscow Mule, each with their own tasty twist. Some even serve this flavor-filled cocktail in its traditional copper mug for a full-on ‘50s feel. [Image credit: iStock.com/rez-art]
Tough workweek got you down? Head over to these west end bars at happy hour and kick it with a pint, cocktail and glass of wine on special. When it comes to lively evening vibes and a sweet selection of libations, there’s no need to wait for the weekend – there’s something on every night of the week at these Toronto spots. [Image credit: iStock.com/PeopleImages]
Eating and drinking is the ultimate culture of Torontonians. So it makes sense that TO's best wine bars not only have a vast selection of award-winning bottles from around the world, and great food to boot. From the west end to the east end, here are the best places to sip on a bottle of vin rouge (or blanc or rosé or sparkling) in Toronto. [Image credit: iStock.com/kieferpix]
The Mexican version of a Caesar, a michelada (pronounced mee-chay-law-da) uses beer instead vodka with just the right amount of tomato or Clamato juice, lime, spices and a salty rim. In fact, the sky’s the limit when it comes to blends and garnishes on this refreshing Mexican favourite. Here are the top cantinas bringing the michelada north of the border to fans in the Six. Salud! [Image credit: iStock.com/MelMcKay]
Absinthe is one of the most mysterious of liquors, with its origins in 18th century Switzerland. With an anise-flavour and greenish colour, Absinthe is one of the most sought after – and hard to find – alcoholic drinks on the market, popular among bohemians, academics and artists alike. The following is a list of places you can go in Toronto to dance with the green fairy. [Image credit: iStock.com/augustproject] 
It’s official: Toronto has been hit with a massive wave of tiki culture. Restaurants and bars are celebrating the tropics with sweet cocktails in hollowed-out coconuts and melons garnished with tiny pink umbrellas. Tiki revival demands the real deal, so slip into your favorite Hawaiian shirt and recline in a wicker chair: these restaurants and bars are your next tropical destination. [Image credit: iStock.com/ivanmateev]
Is there anything better than sitting outside with friends, sipping a chilled bevy and soaking in the summer sun? Patio season is a sacred time in the west end of Toronto and there is a plethora of places to choose from. The following is a list of the top west-end patios that you’re bound to adore. [Image credit: iStock.com/AnjelaGr]
If there’s one beverage Torontonians love, it’s craft beer. Thanks to a craft brew boom, Toronto is now a true beer lovers’ market. With local and microbreweries opening up all over the Six in the past year, we’ve rounded up our top picks for restaurants that brew on site, tap rooms, brewpubs and bottle shops. [Image credit: iStock.com/mwphotos]
Some like tequila, others like beer, but let’s not forget about the whiskey lover. We all know that person who prides themselves at the bar on being a whiskey connoisseur. If you want to take them to get their Jack Daniel’s on, or for a sampling of something a little more rare, we’ve got you covered. Check out this list of the best places to take a whiskey lover in Toronto. [Feature image: Boxcar Social]
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