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Dec 1, 2013 01:50 PM

Downtown bar with a good scotch list?

It's my boyfriend's birthday next week and I'm looking to take him to a fun bar with a good scotch list. Scotch is definitely not my forte, so I would appreciate any suggestions. I was thinking maybe Spirit House, and I searched and saw some recommendations for Emmet Ray. Just wondering if there were any others.

There will be about 10 of us, late 20s/early 30s, and we'll be having dinner at Campagnolo first, so anything near Bathurst/Dundas would be a plus!


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  1. Spirithouse or The caledonian

    Temperance Society if one has a membership

    I imagine Bar Isabel or the Rhum Corner would be good choices as well.

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    1. re: meatnveg

      The Caledonian is great. A better list than the Spirit house as far as scotch goes. The Spirit House has a bit more American Whisky/Bourbon than the Caledonian though. The Emmett Ray also has more of an American Whisky/Bourbon selection than the Caledonian but way less Scotch.

      Bar Isabel is more a cocktail place and the Rhum Corner has a great deal of sipping rum but no scotch or whisky.

      There's also Alan's on the Danforth and in Mississauga you can try Via Allegro which is out of your way but good to know for future reference.

    2. Not exactly downtown but you could take a few cabs to the beach,,,,it is his birthday.

      Amazing list!

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      1. re: eppicurious

        Wow, that list is amazing. I'm going to have to get over there to sample some Brora/Port Ellen when I get the chance.

        1. re: eppicurious

          I'm shocked more people don't know about Feathers. I consider it the Gold Standard.

          1. re: Googs

            That list is crazy. Do they actually have all of that scotch in stock? Or do they list it even when they've sold out? I've been to a couple places where their scotch list is more like a list of scotch they've had at one time or another and not an actual list of scotch you can order...

            1. re: eppicurious

              The Feather's is the scotch-drinker's spot. Via Allegro has an extensive list, but lacks the atmostphere or rare vintages that the Feathers has. Still trying to get into that scotch cellar to see what's buried in there... Doing a tasting there is the best bet, you'll try some vintages (which rotate) for a very reasonable price.

            2. Thanks for all the suggestions! Going to look into them. Looks like Spirit House or the Caledonian would be good choices as we want to stay downtown probably. How is the Caledonian's vibe? Is it similar to Spirit House, or more pub-ish?

              Going to definitely take him to the Feather's pub another time - he is going to love it. The tour and flight tasting sound interesting

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              1. re: tygrr_lily

                The Caledonian is more pub - ish for sure. You should phone and ask if their heated back patio will be up by next week cause that could be cool.

                1. re: Notorious P.I.G.

                  Oh that's a great idea. Will do - thanks!