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Best Cocktails in Toronto

PoppiYYZ Sep 28, 2013 07:57 AM

New addition.

Recently stopped into The Museum for a pre-dinner cocktail and were delighted with the creativity, ingredients, and service. They have house oak aged spirits (the Sazerac was delicious) and Specials (a tequilla, ginger beer cocktail served in a copper mug that was also excellent). Nice cozy old school atmosphere and the smell of the dinner prep from the kitchen was intoxicating ! A real hit.

Any other suggestions for places with creative bartending and / or classics done right ?


  1. happycamper Sep 28, 2013 11:00 PM

    Spirit House - best Old Fashioned in town imo.
    Bar Chef - can't go wrong with any of the chef's recommendations.
    Bar Isabel

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    1. re: happycamper
      Matt H Sep 29, 2013 10:28 AM

      Spirit House? Best OF in town? Need to give this place a try.

      As far as Barchef is concerned, are there consistency issues there? My one visit was really disappointing, so I never bothered to give it another shot. I consistently see strong reviews on the place though so possibly it was an off night/bad bartender?

      1. re: Matt H
        prima Sep 29, 2013 12:46 PM

        I wasn't impressed by my one experience at Barchef, so I didn't return, either.

    2. elvisahmed Sep 28, 2013 10:29 PM

      Museum Tavern is excellent. If you are looking for a modern take on cocktails I would suggest trying out barchef as their cocktails are unlike anything served elsewhere.

      1. PoppiYYZ Sep 28, 2013 11:07 AM

        Thanks all.

        Rooftop looks like a hit.

        The Paddock is one of my favorite spots (although it's been a while), but I found the cocktails good, not great.

        On a much older thread the Sidecar and Library bar at the RY get favorable mention. Library was good my last visit, any comments on either ?

        My test drink is a Whiskey Sour. If they say they use bar mix from a plastic bottle, I order a beer and move on quickly ...

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        1. re: PoppiYYZ
          TorontoJo Sep 28, 2013 12:02 PM

          Sidecar makes very good cocktails, which is not surprising, since Toronto Temperance Society is just upstairs from there (same owners).

          1. re: PoppiYYZ
            Matt H Sep 28, 2013 04:01 PM

            I make a stop at the Library Bar every visit to Toronto and it has never let me down. They make mix my favorite Old Fashioned in the city hands down.

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            franpelyk Sep 28, 2013 10:45 AM

            Rooftop bar at the Park Hyatt. Maybe the best Martini in the city and a great view!

            1. prima Sep 28, 2013 10:12 AM

              I like the Toronto Temperance Society and the Harbord Room's cocktails.

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              1. re: prima
                TorontoJo Sep 28, 2013 10:42 AM

                Agreed with both of these. I'll also throw Weslodge into the mix. Loved the barrel aged Negroni I had there.

                1. re: prima
                  PoppiYYZ Sep 28, 2013 11:09 AM

                  Thanks Prima,

                  Does the TTS have Pappy Van Winkle by chance ? If this is a top secret, please just answer with a wink... ;-D

                  1. re: PoppiYYZ
                    prima Sep 29, 2013 12:47 PM

                    Not sure... I've only been brought as a guest, so I'm not familiar with their stock. Maybe another Hound can help?

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