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Places to Drink Solo?

blackvelvet Nov 12, 2010 04:47 PM

I'm curious as to what places in Toronto are suitable to enjoy a glass of wine or a martini alone?

  1. atomeyes Nov 13, 2010 07:27 AM

    i'm ignoring the two stupid comments made so far and will give you a serious answer.

    The Hoof Cafe.
    my favourite drinks in the city. and you can just grab a seat at the bar, sit back and enjoy the atmosphere

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    1. re: atomeyes
      Brain of J Nov 18, 2010 08:40 AM

      What two comments did you believe were stupid? Were the posts deleted? Otherwise, the recommendations by Punchy and Frids are reasonable.

      1. re: Brain of J
        Frids Nov 18, 2010 08:49 AM

        Atomeyes was replying to two comments that were there but are now gone.

      2. re: atomeyes
        maritimah Nov 18, 2010 11:14 AM

        I completely agree with this recommendation. The cocktails are always interesting and complex. They also have a great selection of wine and beer if that's what you're looking for and tasty meat-based snacks.

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        punchythecat Nov 13, 2010 09:16 AM

        The Cobourg on Parliament is nice. Elegant but comfortable, good drinks, and the kind of cosy place where you're likely to strike up a conversation with the bartender or one of the regulars if you like, or be left to your own devices if you prefer.

        The Cobourg
        533 Parliament St, Toronto, ON M4X 1P3, CA

        1. Frids Nov 13, 2010 10:23 AM

          Not sure about wine or martinis but I quite enjoy a solo beer at Sin and Redemption on McCaul.

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            c.cow Nov 18, 2010 09:31 AM

            Starfish won me over for this. Partly because you can choose the degree of "alone" you want - my first time there alone, I ended up having a wonderful night with the shucker and bartender. The hospitality of both was better than any other service I've had in Toronto, and though I walked in a big pile of stress, I walked out happy as a clam. Forgive the lame seafood joke.

            They have a really great range of wines, but my dad really enjoyed their martinis when I brought him, and he's a tough one to impress. You should be safe either way.

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              ironspice Nov 18, 2010 10:54 AM

              When I first moved to Toronto I knew very few people. I used to sit at the bar at the Firkin on Yonge just south of the Davisville station. Friendly staff a great group of regulars and a pub quizz on Sunday nights. Bartenter Donna is there during the week and will make you feel comfortable if you are alone.

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              1. re: ironspice
                TOchowgal Sep 15, 2011 11:59 AM

                Thanks! As a single female (my friends don't drink) this sounds right up my alley.

              2. Matt H Nov 18, 2010 11:04 AM

                Library Bar at the Royal York. Proper Cocktails, relaxed atmosphere and hotel bars are usually good places to grab a drink alone in general anyways.

                1. Rabbit Nov 18, 2010 11:11 AM

                  Any hotel bar... lots of diverse clientele for excellent people-watching and the bartenders are used to pouring for solo travelers.

                  My favorites are Avenue at the Four Seasons and the Roof at the Park Hyatt. Bonus points to these two for snacks! I also second the Library Bar... it's everything a bar should be.

                  The zinc bar at Le Select is another favorite.

                  Le Select
                  432 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V1E3, CA

                  Park Hyatt
                  Toronto, ON, Toronto, ON , CA

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                  1. re: Rabbit
                    maritimah Nov 18, 2010 11:16 AM

                    I also really like the Roof at the Park Hyatt. Excellent Manhattans and free rice crackers and nuts to snack on.

                    Park Hyatt
                    Toronto, ON, Toronto, ON , CA

                    1. re: Rabbit
                      Aardvark Sep 17, 2011 06:13 AM

                      Agreed any hotel bar. I guess my question would be is there any bar in the city that's NOT appropriate to go solo? I would expect they all are.

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                      Snarf Nov 18, 2010 01:01 PM

                      Cava has a nice bar area, where they make an effort to be friendly with folks having a bevvy on their own.. Good about pouring things that are regularly by the bottle.

                      You could also try the Rebel House, if you want to end up in a conversation that doesn't involve picking up/being picked up, as it is a nice neighbourhood place.

                      Or definitely, Park Hyatt.

                      Rebel House
                      1068 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W2L4, CA

                      1560 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4T 2S9, CA

                      Park Hyatt
                      Toronto, ON, Toronto, ON , CA

                      1. Splendid Wine Snob Nov 18, 2010 01:24 PM

                        Even though I love the cocktails at the Hoof Cafe, I don't think its a great place for a glass of wine or a martini. I think its safe to say they specialize in more creative concoctions of their own. Still delicious though, and definitely solo-friendly.

                        I also happen to like the Library Bar in the Royal York-they do classic cocktails very well.

                        For a glass of vino, you may want to check out Crush Wine Bar on King West.


                        1. Rabbit Nov 18, 2010 05:51 PM

                          Caren's Wine Bar in Yorkville is pretty cozy too... and they actually do a nice cosmo with fresh lime as well (forgive that SATC made this lovely drink a cliche).

                          1. TOchowgal Sep 15, 2011 11:57 AM

                            The downstairs bar area at Embrujo Flamenco is really nice. I went with a group on a Saturday night but I will return to have a nice glass of wine and some yummy appetizers.

                            97 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1N2, CA

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