Great Toronto establishments for a refreshing beer cocktail

When someone combines the words “beer” and “cocktails” chances are, you either think of a comma in between them, or you think of the common Shandy or Radler. But creative bartenders everywhere are starting to make better use of this frothy beverage. Head to any of the following places to experience a new take on a classic drink.

Louis Cifer Brew Works

417 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1P1

Louis Cifer Brew Works makes what they term “Hoptails,” beer-inspired takes on classic cocktails. With tastes ranging from their Lagerita to Gin Blossom to the enticing Root Beer, this Danforth brew pub is full of great ideas.

The 3 Brewers

275 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5B 1N8

The 3 Brewers is actually a chain restaurant from France that has several locations in Ontario and Quebec, and a formula that works well. There is an extensive list of beer cocktails, most notably the White Sortilege, which combines maple syrup whiskey with white beer.

Victory Cafe

440 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1X5

Victory Café has been an Annex haunt for more than 15 years, with fantastic brews available and great ambiance. They also offer a stout float, made with vanilla ice cream. Nothing more needs to be said, really.

C'est What

67 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1B5

C’est What has long been known as a great place to have a local beer with good food. But their beer-based take on mixology has taken their drink offerings to a whole new level. Please, please try the Mocha, made with the house brews Coffee Porter and Chocolate Ale.


Beer Bistro does beer well and so, it’s no surprise that they’ve done some experimentation within the genre. Do names like Früli Margarita, Bourbon Street Blanche and Smoky the Beezer sound enticing enough?


472 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2B2

Barchef on Queen West specializes in mixology of the hard liquor variety, but nods its hat at its hoppy cousin with the island-inspired Jimmy Cliff, which has thyme-infused rum topped with a ginger beer foam.

Never mind pearls, Victorians know the real treasure to be found in oyster shells is the fresh, briny taste of the ocean. Whether you chew or swallow them whole, enjoy garnished or baked, once you get a taste for fresh BC oysters, you’ll be hooked. The next time the craving hits, here’s where to go for your shellfish fix.
Caesars are a staple in Canadian cuisine; they're right up there with poutine, Nanaimo bars, maple syrup and Kraft Dinner. The unlikely combination of vodka, Clamato and Worcestershire sauce with some celery, asparagus or even bacon thrown in for the grand finale, doesn't sound like it should work. But it does. Here's where to go in Victoria to enjoy some of the best Caesars in town.
Charcuterie, a French method of cold meat preparation, has taken off in Victoria and the results are delicious. The intense flavour created by the curing of pork and other cuts of meat, pairs wonderfully with artisanal cheeses, pickles and condiments for an elegant and social snacking experience. If you're looking to get in on the culinary fun, head to one of these charcuterie hotspots.
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