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758 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1H4
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Looking for a friendly hideout in Toronto that specializes in hand-crafted cocktails, cool post-punk '80s music and savoury conversation? The Comrade, an enormous dimly lit once-upon-a-time hotel lobby in Leslieville, has been that place since 2006.

“We’re like the original lounge cocktail bar,” says general manager Jess Toombs, a pint-sized toque-wearing 20-something actress from Toronto who describes the neighbourhood as well as the bar and its lively cast of characters as something like British TV soap Coronation Street“The Comrade is a lounge for the locals,” she says, noting it’s as much a hot spot for Friday night cocktail folks as it is for the mid-30s party crowd and couples looking for a one-of-a-kind date night nook on Queen Street East.

Jess has been behind the bar, mixing drinks and mingling with the crowd just about every night of the week for the past four years. It’s her dream job. “Everyone is really cool and laid back,” she says. “Nobody’s uptight.”

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Toronto best happy hours: East end edition

Toronto best happy hours: East end edition

A Texas Panhandle at Riverside’s favourite cocktail bar is made with gin, blood orange soda, lemon and lime juices, and simple syrup, served on ice and topped with Sierra Nevada beer. During cocktail hour, it’s all yours for $8. Or you can order a Manhattan, a Tom Collins or a glass of house wine for the same price. To boot, Steigl pints are on for $5 and oysters are half price. If you’re searching for inspired setting for your post-work Tinder date, this should be your east-end pick.

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Low-lit locales: Romantic cocktail bars in Toronto

Low-lit locales: Romantic cocktail bars in Toronto

Impress your cocktail loving date with after-dinner drinks at this lively lounge bar in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood. The atmosphere is dark, cozy and intimate with plush leather seating and the vibes of an old-world study. Those with a sensitive ear for background noise: the music at The Comrade is always pitch perfect for a date. As for the drinks, a super selection of craft beers and wine are available, but we’ll suggest one of the many cocktails made with fresh squeezed organic produce.

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Date night options in Toronto’s east end

Date night options in Toronto’s east end

You’ll both feel relaxed at The Comrade, where the propaganda art and suave, retro decor is plenty chic while still unpretentious. The communist-themed imagery is strictly tongue-in-cheek, and no Soviet-era bar ever served drinks like these. The cocktails are arguably some of the best in Toronto and sure to keep your conversation flowing. Try the Earl Grey-infused bevvy or divine, white wine sangria. There are light eats like cheese and charcuterie boards, and a smoked salmon platter that’s great for sharing.

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