Places that make great tequila cocktails in Toronto

Tequila is one of those alcohols that often elicits a shudder when mentioned in a group setting. It seems like everyone has a story that starts or ends with “and we had shots of tequila…” But if you’ve grown beyond those stories, tequila is still there for you, waiting to be enjoyed a little more judiciously. You’ll find delicious options to do so at the places below:

Grand Electric

1
1330 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6K 1L4

Grand Electric has established itself as a great place on Queen West to have delicious tacos any day of the week (if you can manage to find a table). The tequila cocktails are sometimes classic, sometimes innovative, always yummy. Try El Chili Verde, made with tequila, serrano peppers, agave, lime and soda.

The Black Hoof

2
928 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1W3

The Black Hoof's sister restaurant located just across the street is exactly what it sounds like: a cocktail bar that makes a whole list of mean libations, with a few snacks available on the side. Their contribution to the tequila cocktail craze? The Mescalero, made with cardamom tequila, mezcal, aperol, grapefruit oleo-saccharum, lemon and egg white and the Hornet's Nest, which combines Reposado tequila, 10 year rye, Punt e Mes and Cointreau.

Reposado Bar and Lounge

3
136 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 1R5

Reposado is funky a tequila bar located on the trendy Ossington strip, offering one heck of a list of liquors to sip (alone or as part of a tasting flight) and some amazing tequila-based cocktails. One notable example is the Hot Ruby, made with strawberry infused tequila, habanero infused tequila and grapefruit soda.

El Catrin Destileria

4
18 Tank House Lane, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4

El Catrin down in the Distillery District is an authentic Mexican restaurant with an incredible patio. This is the perfect place to sip incredible cocktails like the Agua de Coco made with Patron Café, Amarula, coconut water and lemon. If you want to turn up the heat, try the Pepino Diablo made with Tromba Blanco, muddled cucumber and Serrano peppers, agave nectar and citrus. Drooling yet?

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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