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Best martini in Toronto.

garycooper Nov 23, 2007 06:33 AM

Am looking for some good traditional martinis in Toronto. Prefer a dark "cocktail bar" atmosphere. No loud music.

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  1. spades RE: garycooper Nov 23, 2007 06:50 AM

    The Consort Bar at the King Edward hotel on King St. is the best. Less crowded than the rooftop lounge at the Park Hyatt, and they still respect the martini. I go here often for a quiet cocktail.

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      stephen RE: spades Nov 24, 2007 04:20 AM

      Spades is right... I love the Consort Bar at the King Eddy. The martini's are done well and you can even hide upstairs in a little nook.

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        rsvp7777 RE: stephen Nov 24, 2007 06:32 AM

        Another vote for the Consort. It's my circle's place of choice to meet people you shouldn't be seen meeting - either for professional or personal reasons. The service is discreet and efficient; the cocktails are old school and excellent.

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        Googs RE: spades Nov 24, 2007 11:44 AM

        I just took a look at the Consort Bar courtesy of the King Eddy website. Mmmmm that looks divine. Added to my 'to do' list.

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          Spiboy RE: spades Nov 25, 2007 11:07 AM

          I agree I have been going to the King Eddy consort Bar for the past 15 years for that specific reason...

        2. orangewasabi RE: garycooper Nov 23, 2007 08:18 AM

          good traditional martiniS? is there more than one?

          The rooftop bar in the Hyatt at Avenue is pretty dark, traditional cocktail bar with a respectable gin martini.

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            jayt90 RE: orangewasabi Nov 23, 2007 08:54 AM

            Maybe. I'm feeling very insecure these days preferring a good gin, with a wisp of vermouth, stirred.

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              orangewasabi RE: jayt90 Nov 23, 2007 07:34 PM

              nah, classic is always in style :-)
              personally I like a beefeater martini, light on the vermouth, stirred with 3 olives myself, no fancy gin, not even bombay thankyouverymuch

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                DockPotato RE: orangewasabi Nov 24, 2007 12:18 PM

                Heading in the right direction, Ora: just one olive for me, please, with pimento and a bit stronger than 3 to 2. If angostura's not used, let's ask what's on tap.

          2. Recyclor RE: garycooper Nov 23, 2007 08:22 AM

            Maybe not upscale enough, but falling into a speak easy kinda vibe, which I like, is The Paddock at Queen + Bathurst, excellent cocktail list, all the classics done well and some classy versions of their own on the board as seasonal specials...

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              NoFixedAddress RE: Recyclor Nov 26, 2007 08:21 AM

              In the summer went for dinner at Rain.
              I ordered a martini there that tasted like a
              'white grape martini', very very refreshing:)

              Can't remember the name of it however:(

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