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Nov 23, 2007 06:33 AM

Best martini in Toronto.

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

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  1. 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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    1. re: spades

      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.

      1. re: stephen

        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.

      2. re: spades

        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.

        1. re: spades

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

        2. 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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          1. re: orangewasabi

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

            1. re: jayt90

              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

              1. re: orangewasabi

                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. 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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            1. re: Recyclor

              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:(