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Nice places for a drink over lunch in Toronto?

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I have been looking through numerous web-sites for a nice place to connect with a friend for a martini/drink over lunch, that does not break the bank (i.e. no $15-20 drinks), and am amazed by just how many places are closed during the day in Toronto. Is there anywhere someone could recommend to connect for a drink, over lunch, where we can chat freely, that is not a zoo (i.e. if we want to discuss private topics and our lives without everyone hearing). I would appreciate any suggestions.

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  1. What area will you be in?

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    1. re: laurelmcg

      Anywhere in Toronto is fine, but, preferably somewhere in the boundaries of College to the South, the 401 to the North, Dufferin to the West and the 404 to the East.

    2. Wish is a pretty little restaurant at Yonge and Bloor. Martinis are about $10 and they're quite good. I don't think it will be zoo-like at lunch, but note that it is a small spot and tables might be too close for your liking. Great patio for the last days of summer. www.wishrestaurant.ca

      1. It's been a while (okay, ages) since I've been so not sure of the cost these days but the martinis are damn good at the Roof Lounge at the Park Hyatt. They're serving a special "retro lunch" these days. And of course the view is fabulous.
        http://parkhyatt.sites.toronto.com/di...

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        Roof Lounge
        4 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5R, CA

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        1. re: JamieK

          sounds like kalendar on college is just what you're looking for..they're open for lunch...have nice martinis & good food that definitely won't break the bank.
          it's also, a cozy, casual environment.
          www.kalendar.com

          1. re: JamieK

            Does anybody know the current price range for martinis/cocktails at the Rooftop Lounge? My best friend is coming into town in a week or so, and I just found out I'm getting a raise, so I want to take her out so I can toast myself. ;) But it ain't THAT big of a raise if you know what I mean, so I'd like to be prepared ahead of time as to what I can afford to purchase before we take our little shindig to lower altitudes.

            1. re: Wahooty

              Last time I was there, they were in the high teens, with premium brands taking you over 20$ per. There were also notices about minimum spending requirements (I think it was $25 per person), which they weren't actually enforcing. Probably aimed at the bar barnacles that sip the same glass for hours and eat the free nibblies. View is still great, though.