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Best Bars: Toronto’s top 16 cocktail lounges, dives and speakeasies

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BUZZIEST BARTENDER HANGOUTThe Harbord RoomBUZZIEST BARTENDER HANGOUT
The Harbord Room

89 Harbord St., 416-962-8989

One of few places to successfully pull off the resto-bar hybrid, The Harbord Room is where the cool kids of Toronto’s food and drink industry gather on their nights off. Much of the draw is the bearded man behind the bar, Dave Mitton, whose charisma is matched by his cocktail creativity. The Ronald Clayton ($15)—vanilla-infused Crown Royal with organic maple bitters and tobacco syrup—is a smooth and smoky elixir named after Mitton’s late grandfather. Much of the winter drink menu is similarly inspired by old men and dark drawing rooms.
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