LIVELIEST DRINKS IN
A STUFFY HOTEL BAR
181 Wellington St. W., 416-585-2500
Open for a just a year, Toca, the bar in the Ritz-Carlton, already feels like an indispensable institution to suits in need of a stiff after-work drink. The main draw is the smart list of house cocktails. Our favourite: an ethereal frappé ($16) of egg white, thyme-infused Jamaican Wray and Nephew rum, bitters and citrus-elderflower liquor, all goosed by a naughty shot of absinthe. The over-styled room will date fast—a blown-glass chandelier, enough wood panelling to build a frigate—but the cocktails are keepers.