Down a pint at these Financial District bars

Bay Street isn’t all work and no play. Order a beer at one of these downtown bars and you’ll be rewarding yourself for a job well done. Leave your worries at the office and let yourself unwind – you may just network your way to a better deal.

The Chase Fish & Oyster

10 Temperance St, Toronto, ON M5H 1Y4

A pint of craft beer is plenty enjoyable on its own, but when you pair it with a plate of buttery steamed mussels, a plate of oysters or a crispy pickerel salad, the experience goes through the roof. It’s the kind of Financial District destination where you don’t need a tie or briefcase as the atmosphere is casual but sophisticated. The staff have been well-trained to be attentive without being intrusive, making your beer go down even easier.

Reds Wine Tavern

77 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5H 1P9

With exposed brick walls, sophisticated and modern light fixtures and elegantly designed leather seats, there’s no better place to experience the taste of a fine beer. It’s the kind of restaurant where CEOs and upstart financial execs dine together, with few pretensions and even less intrusion. You can pair the Mediterranean braised lamb shank with an appetizer of Korean sashimi torched with pepper paste and one of the 20 craft beers they have on tap.

Troika Vodka Lounge

95 King St E, Toronto, ON M5C 1G4

Despite Troika's reputation as a destination for fine vodka, you can also get a great pint of Ontario craft beer at this bar. The atmosphere makes it taste even better, with rich silver curtains, a crystal chandelier, black leather settees. You'll love the unparalleled elegance here. And as with many classy establishments, you'll get a complimentary tray of meats, pickles and olives to enhance the taste of your libation.

The Library Bar

100 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5J 1E3

The Royal York Hotel on Front Street is one of the most iconic city buildings, with a magnificent façade that's impressive even from a GO train as it’s pulling into Union Station. It’s an inclusive space where jeans won’t make you feel self-conscious and you don’t have to spend a small fortune. If you feel like spending all day there but not drinking for the duration, start with the elegant afternoon tea.

Canoe Restaurant & Bar

66 Wellington St W, 54th Floor, Toronto, ON M5K 1H6

A lot of bars in Toronto take pride in their patios, whether it’s front-and-centre outside or on a roof with an amazing view. Canoe tops everything by setting up shop 54 stories in the sky, giving you one of the best vistas over the downtown core. Make sure to reserve or arrive early so you can snag a window-facing seat and enjoy a beer with some decadent food options, like the tea-smoked duck breast, ivory salmon or oysters

Richmond Station

1 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON M5H 3W4

No matter which beer you choose, there’ll be a dish at Richmond Station that complements it perfectly. Their menu highlights Italian, Japanese and Cajun influences, with some of the most popular dishes including Peking duck pancakes, smoked trout bourguignon and braised beef ravioli. Chef Carl Heinrich boasts some serious cred as the winner of the second season of Top Chef Canada, helping make this meeting spot an ideal blend of taste and experience.

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