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:]

Bar Neon

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

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

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.


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.


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

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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