Places to Drink Solo?
I'm curious as to what places in Toronto are suitable to enjoy a glass of wine or a martini alone?
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.
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Not sure about wine or martinis but I quite enjoy a solo beer at Sin and Redemption on McCaul.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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).
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.
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