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Top 10 Happy Hour Bars in Toronto

Happy hour in Toronto is precarious, and with the rising cost of living- precious.

After years of banning happy hours, the government allows 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 cheap drinks…

Top 10 places for cheap after-work drinks:

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

Aft bar Queen East Happy Hour

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, enjoy a 16 oz glass of Sapporo, PBR or Wellington for $5.25. Tip: Ask about their smoked BBQ.

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

Happy Hour King Street West

This King West spot is loud and fun. Tuesday to Friday 5-7pm enjoy $5 drinks: 20 oz pints (Heineken, 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.

8. 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 Beau’s will make you a regular.

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

Happy Hour Bars Queen Street East

There’s something for all your friends during “Hooch Hour”: Even premium liquors like Glenlivet and Grey Goose get “the hooch” treatment along with 18oz pints (Beau’s, Pilsner Urquell, Stiegl, Creemore) and 6 oz wine pours for just $5.09 at this Lesieville spot from 5-7pm daily.

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

Toronto happy hour

Weekdays 3-6pm get a featured pint of beer (usually Wellington) for $5 and 12 oysters for $18. The seafood tower (pictured) is half price ($30) on Tuesdays 6-10pm.

5. Liberty Commons: 42 Liberty Street,  416-304-9403

Liberty Villlage Bars Toronto

Located inside the Big Rock Brewing complex, this laid back gastropub offer you a 14 oz glass of Big Rock Lager for just $3.50 or an Old Fashioned for $7 every single day 5-7pm.

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

King Street Happy Hour

This swanky restaurant on the second floor of the TIFF Lightbox offers 6 different styles of manhattans, at just $6 each you might want to try them all- Monday to Friday 4-9pm.

3. Baro: 485 King Street W, 416-363-8388

Toronto King West Restaurants Best

On the second floor of this King West hot spot between 5-7pm you will find “Fiesta Hour”: $5 snacks such as beef and tuna hand rolls can be paired with a $5 glass of wine or $20 sangria pitcher.

2. Home of the Brave: 589 King Street W, 416-366-2736

Toronto's #1 bar

Voted Toronto’s favourite bar, this King West hot spot offers you a $5 12oz mug of beer or a $9 old fashioned weekdays 5-7pm. Eye candy is free;)

1. Bar Neon: 1226 Bloor Street, 647-748-6366

The undeniably cool atmosphere of this Bloordale neighborhood spot offers buck-a-shuck and $5.50 16 oz craft beer pours everyday 5-7pm. The backyard patio has a laid back vibe perfect after a long workday.

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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6 Bucket List Toronto Cocktails

You had some Toronto cocktail adventures this past summer.

Each one was a fun new experience, but you’re craving more. Keep your adventure going at these Toronto bars.

6 bucket list cocktails in Toronto:

1. Better Beer at The Lockhart Bar, 1479 Dundas Street West – $11.25.

 Lockhart cocktails

This mix of advocaat, house ginger beer, ginger ale and cinnamon infused sauza is topped with whipped cream and toasted marshmallow to complete your muggle (non-wizard) adventure!

2. Netflix and Chill at Spirit House, 487 Adelaide Street West – $14.

Popcorn Cocktail toronto

Start you weekend with a cocktail and snack all in one: Brown butter and popcorn infused bourbon, amaro, fresh lemon, orange reduction, apple cider, egg white and black walnut bitters topped with popcorn for the win!

3. The Aubrey Palmer at Fring’s, 455 King Street West – $18.

 Fring's Cocktail

Set this sweet sipper up with truffle fries or boa chicken sliders. Drake’s Virginia Black Whiskey gets mixed with sweetened peach tea, mango lemonade and rosemary.

4. Volcano Bowl at The Shameful Tiki Room – $40.

Volcano Bowl at Shameful Tiki

Get pumped up for this order, because your crew sure will! Flashes of mezcal, overproofed rum and house made six spice syrup. Sharable for four or more.

5. Sour Key at El Furniture Warehouse, 410 Bloor Street – $6.50.

 El Furniture Warehouse Cocktail

Your favourite sour treat sitting a top raspberry vodka, sprite, soda, fresh lemon, simple syrup and peach schnapps for $6.50? Win!

6. Her Royal Highness at Bar Reyna, 158 Cumberland Street – $30.

Bar Reyna Yorkville Cocktails

All hail! Princess status is achieved with a $30  mix of Elyx vodka, Mount Gay XO, saffron, cardamom, rosewater and orgeat served in a copper pineapple chalice.

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Top 10 Toronto Bars – Reader Voted

You’re planning drinks out in Toronto with friends.

You want to make a cool suggestion, but with so many options, thoughts start racing through your mind: “What part of the city should we go? Should we go to an old favourite or somewhere new? Will it be busy? Will it be too busy? Will they want to hit another place after?”

No need to panic. We surveyed our readers to compile a list of the best bars in Toronto.

Top 10 Toronto bars:

10. Hi-Lo: 753 Queen Street East, 416-551-3459

Hi Lo Top 10 Bar Toronto on Queen Street East

Vintage concert posters and refined drinks make up for the lack atmosphere. Rum mixed with carrot and ginger (“Watership Down”) will make you feel like the responsible adult you are.

9. Northwood: 815 Bloor Street West, 437-993-1433

Northwood Bar Top 10 Toronto on Bloor Street West

A massive selection of drinks makes Northwood the perfect destination to satisfy all the personalities in your circle of friends. Browse their menu for the perfect cocktail, craft beer or glass of wine.

8. Get Well: 1181 Dundas Street West, 647-351-2337 

Get Well Top Bar in Toronto with Retro Video Games

Dim lighting, quirky décor, and a wide selection of retro video games will get you drunk on nostalgia. While you escape the problems of adult life with Miss Pacman, sip on a new featured craft beer.

7. The Walton: 607 College Street, 647-352-5520

The Walton Top Toronto Bar with patio

As you sip a drink and notice the wood paneling, antique décor and vintage jazz sounds,  you will start to feel like you’re in The Great Gatsby.

6. Burdock: 1184 Bloor Street, 416-546-4033

Burdock Top 10 Bar and Brewpub Toronto

This Bloordale brewery offers brewpub quality with the classiness of a sit-down restaurant.  For a light beer with summery hints of pineapple, mango, and lemon order an “APA 223”.

5. Pray Tell: 838 College Street

Pray Tell Top 10 Bar Toronto on College Street

Sit-down, relax, and admire the crafted tabletops, plant wall and other “Modern-Toronto” decor. With a selection from their Ontario beer, international wine and cocktail menu, any occasion will quickly become lively.

4. Bar Fancy: 1070 Queen Street West, 416-546-1416

Bar Fancy Top 10 Toronto Hip and Modern Bar

Be transported to a world of dimmed lighting and old school hip-hop. As you begin to feel the intoxication from the chill vibes, don’t let your glass of beer (Beau’s, Howe Sound, Muskoka) or wine (labels from Austria, France, Greece) slip through your fingers. Bartenders take special requests for something stronger.

3. Bellwoods Brewery: 124 Ossington Avenue, 416-535-4586

Bellwoods Top 10 Brewpub and Best Craft Beer in Toronto

Bellwoods makes the best craft beer in the city. Get hopped up on a “Witchshark” then pick up some bottles at their bottle shop to take home.

2. Bar Raval: 505 College Street, 647-344-8001

Bar Raval College Street best Bar Toronto

Step inside this bar and immediately be transported to Europe. While Raval is known for better tapas than spots like Patria and Carmen, they offer a great selection of cocktails such as their award winning “Scarlet Carson” (Beefeater, Lemon, Cordial, Amontillado). You may find yourself spontaneously Googling flights to Barcelona.

1. Home of the Brave: 589 King Street West, 416-366-2736

Home of the Brave Best Bar in Toronto on King Street West

This American themed restaurant and bar received the most votes from our readers. Located in the hottest bar/restaurant area in the city, your friends and acquaintances could already be out in, HOTB makes an easy pit stop any night of the week for awesome food, drink and fun. Just go up the stairs, it could be your new happy place, especially if it’s happy hour.

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