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Day Drinking in Toronto. You know you're out there.

Forgive me in advance for the lack of "chow" focus in this topic, but I need your help.

3 guys - 35 years old. Toronto for the weekend. Staying in Financial District, going to heavy metal concerts at night. But...we are not metal heads - financial professional, mechanical engineer and master vodka distiller. We want to find some places with good vibes during the day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for beers, shots, etc. No budget constraints. Just want to hang out, chill or get plowed. Could go either way. Any suggestions on where to head for this?

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  1. Pravda Vodka Bar on Wellington St

    South of Temperance has a great patio - not sure of the vibe on Fri/Sat/Sun - it is a scene on Thursdays after work

    Beer - BeerBistro at King & Yonge

    1. Is this weekend happening soon (i.e. patio season)?

      1. Betty's - King east - always a great place to party near downtown and not all conservative like some of the spots...
        otherwise walk down queen from bathurst west, and bar hop

        1. if its nice weather then the black bull patio at queen west and soho-other ideas.... the legendary horseshoe tavern at queen west and spadina, barhop on king west, south of temperance would be better on the friday of the weekend, barchef for later high end, drake patio, queen west between dovercourt and gladstone, cadillac lounge at queen west just west of dufferin, the cameron house when there is music (usually indie rock) at queen west and cameron which is just west of spadina, the rex at queen and mccaul has live jazz throughout the day...swing a dead cat along queen west between university and brock and you'll find enough bars to keep you occupied...

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          1. re: ingloriouseater

            It's fine to stay in the financial district, but I wouldn't party there. Here are a few good drinking haunts.

            Evening/Night oriented:

            Spirit House
            Bar Chef
            Harbord Room
            Cold Tea
            Drake Hotel
            416 Snack Bar
            Side Car
            Toronto Temperance Society (private, but they'll let you up if you're nice, not too drunk and it's not too busy)
            Country General

            More day-time oriented:

            Patio at Ultra
            Patio at Black Bull
            Patio at Wayne Gretzky's
            Wide Open (hole on spadina, been known to host many musicians for the sole purpose of getting intoxicated)


            1. re: justxpete

              Justxpete, the Wide Open is not open during the day.. I believe they only open early (around 6ish) on Thursdays.
              To the OP. I do a lot of day drinking (work nights) and I would stick to places with patios on the Friday.. People linger on patios so you won't be the only customers..

              1. re: tasoid

                ah - I consider "day" drinking anything around after-work hours - so yeah, 6pm would be day drinking for me. I do think they open at 5, however, as opposed to 6.


          2. If you're in an Irish mood, PJ O'Brien's is worth a visit in the daytime.

            1. Staying Financial District and going heavy metal? That's just bat$hit but good on ya'. Forget the downtown and west end suggestions. Dat's not day drinkin'. You want serious day-drinking then you want the veterans of the east end. Start with some class at Caeli Cottage -- 1301 Queen St E, -- with some oyster selections and pints of Beau’s Lagered Ale and maybe mellowed with some Tullamore Dew (it's the afternoon, no reason to get all single-malty and such). Then head a few staggers further east to the notorious The Duke (google can explain) for karaoke with former professional wrestling supertsar (from way, way long ago) Sweet Daddy Siki between 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Now yer plowed. And if you can behave yourselves a bit then walk across the street to the fabuloursThe Nose restaurant and carb load heavily on the pastas to get yourself in shape for full-on heavy metal music. Damn, sounds so good, might do it myself. Minus the heavy metal, though.

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                1. re: GullyJaye

                  Just a note on Ceili Cottage - they are NOT open until 5pm on weekdays. Opens at noon on Saturday and Sunday with full Irish Breakfast served until 6pm.

                  Downtown financial district patios will be busy on Friday, empty on Saturday and Sunday. Some ideas: Bymark, Duke of Devon, South of Temperance, Earl's, Vertical.

                  For Saturday or Sunday I'd recommend a crawl along Queen West - tons of options. Start with the Black Bull on Queen - best people watching patio, cheap beer, food is terrible. If it's a nice day there will be a line in the afternoon.