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Where to buy bitters downtown

robopope Sep 11, 2009 11:51 AM

I am trying to beef up my bar and am looking for some cocktail bitters outside of the standard Angostura bitters. Any suggestions on where I can find them? Looking for within Toronto (not GTA).

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    h3llbringer Oct 18, 2012 02:01 PM

    fresh & wild (king & spadina) has a sizable selection of bitters

    oops, sorry for necrothreading, wasn't paying attention.

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      FrenchSoda Sep 26, 2012 06:45 AM

      I just had a great experience ordering bitters online from The Crafty Bartender. I ordered Sunday night and my package was delivered Tuesday afternoon. About $8 for shipping one large bottle of syrup, one regular-size bottle of Fee Brothers bitters and a tasting gift pack of bitters.

      It was a Tuesday (!) so I haven't tried them yet and can't comment on the actual product, but the service was friendly and fast.

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        downtownfoodie Oct 18, 2012 04:45 PM

        similar great experience. couple of bitters (rhubarb, angostura and black walnut) and a couple of ice ball molds. shipping was about the same and arrived in a couple of days. thanks for the heads up

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        Cup cake Sep 22, 2012 09:26 PM

        BYOB on Queen West has a fantastic selection of bitters.

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          26Marushka Sep 25, 2012 10:07 PM

          OMG BYOB is like....bartender Disney World. Love it there.

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          equalibra Sep 22, 2012 07:50 PM

          La Salumeria on Yonge north of Davisville had a pretty good selection last time I was in there. I got rhubarb.

          1. biggreenmatt May 18, 2012 07:30 AM

            Sun Valley at Danforth and Pape has a full selection of Fee Bros. bitters. The grapefruit bitter is gorgeous.

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              millygirl Oct 19, 2012 06:29 AM

              Just an FYI, Sunvalley is now closed in case someone goes looking.

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              brejak May 17, 2012 04:44 PM

              My wife and I stumbled onto/into the most wonderful cocktail store on queen west, over near CAMH, on the north side. I think it is called BYOB or something like that. It is a cool and odd store with everything "cocktail", new and used. They have a very large selection of every make and flavourful of bitters that they can legally sell in our over regulated province. I am not 100% on the name but it is worth the little search.

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                burlgurl May 17, 2012 07:43 PM

                Yes, it's BYOB and you're right on the selection of bitters....cute cocktail things all around

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                illy Dec 14, 2009 09:49 AM

                I would love to buy some bitters for a Christmas present--anything available now?? I'm willing to go anywhere in the GTA.

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                  spellcheque Dec 14, 2009 11:48 AM

                  I’ve emailed Fee Brothers of Rochester, NY in the past and they directed me to the The Toronto Institute of Bartending located at 487 Adelaide Street West Suite 100. They stock a limited selection of Fee Brothers Bitters, which are excellent. They’ve added rhubarb and cherry to their selection of bitters and their Old Fashion is much better than Angostura. Try contacting Fee Brothers, they’ve shipped to me directly in the past.

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                    illy Dec 16, 2009 07:44 AM

                    Thanks for the info, Spellcheque. I called Fee Brothers and they directed me to the Institute of Bartending. I went down there and bought a bottle of Old Fashioned for $12. They also had a few other flavours, like Rhubarb and Chocolate. Looking forward to a Christmas day Manhattan!

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                  Dr. No Sep 21, 2009 12:46 PM

                  Unfortunately cocktail bitters are hard to find in Toronto. You might try the SLM; i once found a bottle of Fee mint bitters in a store on the lower level.

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                    c_snapper Sep 12, 2009 05:00 PM

                    they're wildely available at any grocery stores
                    so within downtown...metro at college park, metro at church and gould, metro at church and front, metro on bloor and spadina, queens quay loblaws, manulife centre valu-mart, you get the point...

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                    1. re: c_snapper
                      Brennius Sep 12, 2009 05:29 PM

                      What brands do these grocery stores carry other than the ubiquitous Angostura, as the OP asked? e.g., Peychaud's?

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                        foodismyhobby Sep 21, 2009 08:54 AM

                        where are they usually located in the grocery store (aisle)? i ask because often stock boys aren't especially knowledgeable.
                        and, also, any brands/kinds to recommend? i know nothing of bitters and am curious to try them.

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                          Wahooty Sep 21, 2009 11:50 AM

                          I have never seen anything other than Angostura bitters at a grocery store. Look in the aisle with the soda - there's usually a small section toward the back of that aisle with cocktail mixers, grenadine, Rose's lime juice, non-alcoholic beer, etc. All of my non-Angostura bitters have been brought back from trips across the border, though - I've never found any other varieties here in any of the obvious places.

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