As winter rears in the 6, Torontonians cower to their couches, armed with an extra wool blanket and a space heater close by. But with the city’s blossoming selection of restaurants and watering holes offering fireplaces, crushed velvet sofas, and lively, rosy-cheeked crowds to rub elbows with, there’s no reason to retreat into solitude this winter – these resto-bars will keep you plenty cozy. [Photo courtesy of Kanpai]
If you're looking to celebrate the New Year but are dreading the thought of overpowering music, jam-packed crowds and black tie dress codes, read on to see all the gems Toronto has to offer for your ideal end-of-year affair. From hip pubs and cozy eateries to board game cafés and comedy shows, there's sure to be something that fits you just right.
Whether you’re hosting an intimate birthday bash with close friends, a celebratory dinner party with family, or a large-scale business meeting, TO is well equipped with envy-inspiring private rooms catering to those with a penchant for top grub. These local spots will hook you and your crew up with stress-free atmospheres and prix-fixe or family-style dining options. [Photo by @hypebelly; courtesy of Hopgood's Foodliner]
On Monday, February 8th, families and friends will gather to celebrate Chinese New Year. Certain foods are highlighted, such as abalone for good fortune, uncut noodles for a long life, and Chinese cabbage for prosperity and luck. Here are 10 fabulous Toronto Chinese restaurants and fun suggestions for celebrating Chinese New Year 2016 - Year of the Monkey!
This year, skip the Valentines-Day flowers and candlelit dinner and hit the town with a group of pals. Our list of Love Week hotspots has you covered from Kensington to Riverside, from dance parties to laid back locals. Check out OKStupid at Handlebar for hilariously awful online dating conversations read live or hit up the Wavelength music festival and discover Canada’s best new underground music. Who needs Cupid, anyway?
The classic restaurant date. It’s a safe bet, allowing for optimal conversation, minimal awkwardness, and best of all, a tasty meal. If it's date night and you're finding yourself wanting to avoid the downtown core, try these neighbourhood favourites and off-the-beaten-track gems, instead.
Forget the fancy restaurants and crowded bars – for your next date night, try something completely different. Below is a collection of the truly bizarre and eclectic dining experiences Toronto has to offer, from a banquet feast among knights and damsels in distress, to dinner with a sky-high, 360-degree view.
Oyster fans love their seafood fresh, but where do you find them so far from the coast? Luckily, Toronto's is on top of its seafood game, with a variety of fresh oysters to choose from, imported and guaranteed fresh. Whether you seek a fancy night out or a casual conch, you're sure to have a shucking good time.  Here's Toronto's best oyster bars. [Image credit: Oysters from Rodney's Oyster House by Kathleen Renne]
Downton Abbey may have made having high tea all the rage, but you don’t have to dress like Countess Violet to tuck in for some creamy Earl Grey. There are plenty of cafés, shops, and restaurants across Toronto that are offering casual high tea experiences that are just as scrumptious as their fancier counterparts. Here are some places you can sip without having to put your pinkie up!
No doubt about it: Toronto’s premiere oyster shacks will shuck all your assumptions about land-locked seafood restos and transport seafood lovers to a full-oncoastal bliss. Sourcing plump, sweet oysters from east and west, these local spots celebrate the ocean’s most sumptuous snacks with unique menus and killer drinks to match.
Iran (previously Persia) is known for its art – from architecture to painting to calligraphy to metalworking. So it’s no surprise that there’s more to their cuisine than the food. It’s a practice of detail, from the pottery to the fresh ingredients. While nobody can beat my mom’s Persian cooking, these TO restaurants cut it close. Each offers an experience of Iran’s culture, past and present. [Feature image: Tavoos Restaurant]
So you’ve finally gotten up the nerve to ask your crush out for a drink, but you don’t want this to be just like any other first date. You need the best pub experience Toronto has to offer and we’re here to help. [Feature image: Amsterdam Brewhouse]
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