In the last year or two, bourbon has stealthily inundated the city’s most fashionable cocktail lists, replacing cosmos and martinis with Manhattans, Old Fashioneds and inventive one-offs like The County General’s Firm Handshake (Wild Turkey, honey syrup and root beer rum bitters) and Electric Mud’s Clydesdale (Jim Beam, grapefruit and agave). Now there’s an entire week devoted to the barrel-aged liquor. Toronto Bourbon Week runs from September 27 to October 3 and comprises seven events, including a bourbon brunch at Little Italy restaurant Acadia, an evening of bourbon and bluegrass at 3030 Dundas in the Junction and a celebration of bourbon barrel–aged beers at Bar Volo, as well as events at Ursa, Indie Alehouse, Monarch Tavern and Amsterdam Brewery. Tickets for individual events range from $20 to $45.
Toronto Bourbon Week, Sept. 27–Oct. 3, Various Locations, torontobourbonweek.com