Drinking in Toronto has become a dignified pursuit. Over the past year, we visited the city’s newest and greatest bars, and we noticed a conspicuous dearth of appletinis and Jägermeister shots. Instead, we discovered premium cocktails crafted by inventive bartenders obsessed with Prohibition-era recipes, house-made bitters and obscure Italian aperitivi. We also found Ontario microbrews galore (and beer geeks who debate them hotly while playing Ping Pong), and wine lists flush with offbeat bottles never seen at the LCBO. Here, the fruits of our not entirely sober research—40 outstanding places to warm up this winter.
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