The best happy hours in Toronto’s west end

Tough workweek got you down? Head over to these west end bars at happy hour and kick it with a pint, cocktail and glass of wine on special. When it comes to lively evening vibes and a sweet selection of libations, there’s no need to wait for the weekend – there’s something on every night of the week at these Toronto spots. [Image credit: iStock.com/PeopleImages]

Bar Neon

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1226 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H 1N3

Bar Neon is quickly gaining pace as one of the best happy hours spots in Toronto. Head over with some friends for $5 pints from 5 pm 7 pm and slurp back some super-fresh buck-a-shuck oysters. The drink specials keep flowing all week long with ½ price bottles of wine after 7 pm on Mondays and ½ price wings on Tuesdays. Still not convinced? The huge patio out back is one of Toronto’s best – or perhaps Bar Neon’s slogan up on the drinks board will make the sale: Cold beer, cute servers ;)

Drake Hotel

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1150 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1J3

The Drake hosts their popular Aprés Work menu weekdays from 4 pm to 7 pm featuring special tasters and snacks like charcuterie, lobster nachos and a dry-dged burger and fries. Wash your food down with 2-ounce cocktails on special for $8, select beers at $5 and glasses of wine at $6. Still hungry? The Drake’s famous Sushi Omakase should do the trick.

Farmhouse Tavern

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1627 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M6P 3S8

Every Sunday night Farmhouse Tavern on Dupont does something called F*ck Mondays, a food and drink frenzy with rotating specials by the hour from 5 pm to 10 pm. It’s an everything-must-go night, with items crossed off the chalkboard menu as they sell out, so be sure to snag your table early. You’ll find $6 pints from 6 pm to 7 pm, $7 cocktails from 7 pm to 8 pm, $8 glasses of wine from 8 pm to 9 pm and 50 per cent off food from 9 pm to 10 pm.

The Beet

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2968 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P 1Y8

The Passenger finds its home in a vintage art deco space in Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood. This ultra-cool eatery serves up new Canadiana dishes and drink specials all week long. The best bang for your buck is the half-priced bottles of wine on Wednesday nights. Chill out on the patio under sprawling black umbrellas and twinkling white lights. Grab the syrah and pair it with a pile of crunchy, salty smelt fries, dressed with a fresh lemon wedge. It’s the perfect spot if you’re seeking a long, lazy night on the patio.

Northwood

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815 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G 1M1

Northwood is a hip candle-lit bar with a killer patio at the corner of Bloor and Crawford Streets. With a great craft selection on tap and in bottles, Northwood’s happy hour runs from 5 pm to 7 pm every day, with $2 off all beers. It’s a great chance to try some sours; Northwood’s made it their mandate to stock tasty, tart and always-unique brews.

Handlebar

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159 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2L4

The mingle-friendly Handlebar in Toronto’s Kensington Market is a great spot to catch some local live music or chat up some regulars at the bar. A low-lit interior with antique furniture à la Mad Men in the front, and table seating in the back (plus a sweet dance floor if you’re seeking some hip hop or soul tunes), Handlebar also hosts a front-facing patio with the perfect gaze to bustling Augusta Avenue. Swing by on Mondays when drinks are on special for just $5.

Loveless Cafe

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1430 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1Y5

Loveless is Little Portugal neighbourhood haunt. The Dundas West spot is an all-day café gone bar at night with ample seating inside and a sprawling patio out front. Happy hour at Loveless runs from 4pm to 7pm. Grab a Woodhouse cider for $5 and saddle up beside fellow locals on the busy patio benches.

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