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…
Top spots to enjoy cheap after-work drinks:
1. AFT: 686 Queen Street E, 647-346-1541
You 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 can have a pint of Mill Street, Sapporo, Okanagan Spring or Wellington for $5.25. Tip: Ask about their smoked BBQ.
2. No One Writes to the Colonel: 460 College Street, 416-551-7647
This low key cocktail bar became not so low key after people (U of T students) found out about their 2-for-1 cocktails between 5-7pm everyday. Top choices: Mojito or Tequila Sunrise.
3. The Citizen: 522 King Street W, 416-703-2800
This King West spot is loud and fun. Tuesday to Friday 5-7pm enjoy $4 drinks: Draught (Rickard’s, Creemore, Banquet, Murphy’s Stout, Newcastle, Belgian Moon), Strongbow, house wine or bar rail mixed drinks. Hit the patio for an even livelier scene.
4. Prohibition Gastro House: 696 Queen Street E, 416-406-2669
There’s something for all your friends during “Hooch 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.
5. Pearl Diver: 100 Adelaide Street E, 416-366-7827
Every weekday 3-6pm get a featured beer (usually Wellington) for $5 and 12 oysters for $18. The seafood tower (pictured) is half price ($30) on Tuesdays 6-9pm.
6. Northwood: 815 Bloor Street, 416-846-8324
This bar carefully curates a rotating menu of local craft beers that are all $2 off from 5-7pm everyday. Keeping up with new releases from Collective Arts, Junction and Beaus will make you a regular.
7. Liberty Commons: 42 Liberty Street, 416-304-9403
Located inside the Big Rock Brewing complex, this laid back gastropub offers a glass of Big Rock Lager for just $3.50 from weekdays 5-7pm. Stay for dinner and enjoy their beef brisket that’s aged for 30 days and smoked for 9 hours.
8. Tennessee Tavern: 1554 Queen Street W, 416-535-7777
If you can make it to Parkdale between 4-6pm, enjoy a glass of pilsner for $4 and half price pierogies at this newly re-invented spot.
9. Home of the Brave: 589 King Street W, 416-366-2736
This King Street West hot spot offers $5 mugs of beers and $9 old fashions every day from 5-7pm. Sweet tip: Try their red velvet funnel cake:D
10. Bar Neon: 1226 Bloor Street, 647-748-6366
The undeniably cool atmosphere of this Bloordale neighborhood spot offers buck-a-shuck and $5 pints of craft beer everyday 5-7pm. The backyard patio has a laid back vibe perfect after a long workday.
11. Bar Begonia: 252 Dupont Street, 647-352-3337
Make your way to Dupont Street weekdays from 4-6pm to enjoy $6 Manhattans and Negronis on this bar’s raised patio.
12. Luma: 2nd Floor, 330 King Street W, 647-288-4715
This swanky restaurant on the second floor of the TIFF Lightbox offers classic liquor-forward cocktails from 4-9pm Monday to Friday. Choose from a selection of $6 martinis and manhattans.
13. Baro: 485 King Street W, 416-363-8388
Walk up to the second floor of this King West hot spot between 5-7pm to experience “Fiesta Hour”: $5 snacks such as beef and tuna hand rolls can be paired with a daily drink special like $5 glasses of wine or $20 sangria pitchers.
Quoted prices do not include tax. Happy hours are known to change or disappear, not a bad idea to call ahead.