Toronto Happy Hour Guide- Summer 2016

Happy hour in Toronto is a touchy subject. After years of banning them, the government has allowed reduced drink prices during certain times of day, as long as it’s not called “happy hour”.

So whether it’s “social club hour,” “appy hour,” “zinc and drink,” or has no name at all, you can still find a happy hour- Wait don’t call it that!

With all these different names and lack of advertising, it can be hard to find happiness for an hour…

Best places for happy (cheap) after-work drinks

 1. AFT: 686 Queen Street E, 647-346-1541

AftYou will feel like you’re having casual drinks in a friend’s backyard at this laid-back Leslieville/Riverside spot. Before 6pm Monday-Friday, you have a pint of Mill Street, Sapporo, Okanagan Spring or Wellington for $5.25. Stick around for their smoked BBQ.

2. No One Writes to the Colonel: 460 College Street, 416-551-7647

No OneThis low key cocktail bar became not so low key after people found out about their 2-for-1 cocktails between 5:30-7:30pm everyday. Top choices: Mojito, Aperol Spritz and Summer Mule.

3. The Citizen: 522 King Street W, 416-703-2800

Citizen

This King West hotspot is a loud and fun place to meet new people. Tuesday to Friday 5-7pm enjoy $4 drinks: draught (Rickard’s, Creemore, Banquet, Murphy’s Stout, Newcastle, Belgian Moon), Strongbow Cider, house wine or bar rail mixed drinks. Hit the patio for an even livelier scene.

4. Beast: 96 Tecumeth Street, 647-352-6000
BeastFind your happy place Tuesday to Friday 5-7pm for $5 wine, Ace Hill tallboy or signature cocktail (currently a dark and stormy). Along with your drinks enjoy $1 oysters or fresh local cuisine by acclaimed chef Scott Vivian at this quiet residential spot.

5. Prohibition Gastro House: 696 Queen Street E, 416-406-2669

Prohibition bar happy hour

Even premium liquor like Glenmorangie Scotch gets “the hooch” treatment at this Lesieville spot from 5-7pm daily.  Just about every drink goes for just $5.09. There’s something for all your friends during “Hooch Hour”.

6. Pearl Diver: 100 Adelaide Street E, 416-366-7827

Pearl DiverEvery weekday 3pm-6pm get a featured beer (usually Wellington) for $5 and 12 oysters for $15. The seafood tower (pictured) is half price ($30) on Tuesdays 6pm-9pm.

7. D.W. Alexander: 19 Church Street, 416-364-8368

DWThis contemporary styled cocktail bar located in an 1870s warehouse close to St. Lawrence Market has “Happy Hour Social Club” 5-8pm Tuesday to Friday. Stop by for $6 pints, $7 wine, and $8 cocktails.

8. Earls: 150 King Street W, 416-916-0227

EarlsA favourite with the suits, Earls “Appy Hour” has daily drink specials and a (hard-to-get-a-seat) patio to enjoy them on. Select frozen cocktails for $6 on Thursdays 3pm-6pm are the highlight. Get there at 5pm or be prepared to wait.

9. Get Well: 1181 Dundas Street W, 647-351-2337

Get WellThis hipster hangout doubles as North of Brooklyn Pizzeria and throws a pizza party every Monday and Tuesday from 5-9pm. When you buy 4 Beau’s Lugtreads you get a whole margherita pizza for free! Bring your old University friends for beer, pizza, and free arcade games- just like the old days.

 

10Northwood: 815 Bloor Street, 416-846-8324

NorthwoodThis tasteful bar and patio has a number of carefully curated local craft beer on rotation that are all $2 off from 5-7pm everyday. Keeping up with new releases from Collective Arts, Oast House and Beaus will make you a regular.

11. Bar Neon: 1226 Bloor Street, 647-748-6366
BarNeonThe undeniably cool atmosphere of this Bloordale neighborhood spot offers buck-a-shuck and $5 pints of craft beer everyday. The backyard patio has a laid back vibe perfect after a long workday.

12. Luma: 2nd Floor, 330 King Street W, 647-288-4715

LumaThis swanky restaurant on the second floor of the TIFF Lightbox offers classic liquor-forward cocktails from 4pm-8pm Monday to Friday. Choose from a selection of $5 martinis and manhattans.

13. Fring’s: 455 King Street W, 416-979-9696

FringsIf you feel like getting classy, try the cocktail hour at Drake and Susur Lee’s restaurant. From Monday to Thursday 5:30-7:30pm they have $10 signature cocktails (normally $18). Grab a “Proper Ting” (Belvedere, Cointreau, white cranberry, grape juice, lime juice, egg whites) and live like 6ix royalty for an hour.

Quoted prices do not include tax. Happy hours are known to change or disappear, not a bad idea to call ahead.

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