Drinks

Bittersweet Symphony: vermouth, the light, refreshing, versatile aperitif, is ba... Bittersweet Symphony: vermouth, the light, refreshing, versatile aperitif, is back

For years, Toronto bar lists have favoured ballsy amber liquors (bourbons, ryes and the like) for building powerhouse cocktails. But lately bartenders have been experimenting with tipples that pack more flavour than potency. ­Vermouth, the once-popular aperitif, is a favourite. It’s made from dry white wine infused with herbs, roots and barks (sweet or red… Read more »

A tour of The Addisons, the new King West bar that looks and feels like someone&... A tour of The Addisons, the new King West bar that looks and feels like someone’s parents’ house

Going for drinks at The Addisons, a new bar in the Entertainment District, is meant to feel like crashing a house party. Interior designer Lisa Ho outfitted the Wellington Street space to look just like a Beverly Hills manse (it’s basically a much swankier version of this similarly themed Los Angeles bar). Inside are three rooms: a… Read more »

The Find: everything you need for the perfect bar cart The Find: everything you need for the perfect bar cart

Ever since Mad Men made the martini cool again, home-owners and apartment dwellers alike have been obsessing over a single piece of functional decor: the bar cart. Beyond stocking your preferred piece with the fanciest bottles of booze you can afford, outfitting the cart is practically an art form—and it includes all manner of accessories, from the… Read more »

A breakdown of BarChef’s Abstract Ice, a cocktail you eat with a spoon A breakdown of BarChef’s Abstract Ice, a cocktail you eat with a spoon

Five refreshingly boozy cold-brew cocktails Five refreshingly boozy cold-brew cocktails

Across the city, Toronto baristas are pouring thirst-quenching cold brew, the hyper-trendy coffee drink that’s steeped for up to 24 hours (which makes it less acidic than regular iced coffee). Better yet, now bartenders are combining it with booze—and it’s our new favourite way to battle the upwardly creeping humidex. Here are five of the best… Read more »

Bespoke Bottles: intriguing and less expensive Niagara wines that can only be fo... Bespoke Bottles: intriguing and less expensive Niagara wines that can only be found in Toronto restaurants

Here’s a secret: many of Niagara’s top producers have a range of what they call licensee wines, which are made specifically to sell to restaurants and not through the LCBO. They’re priced below their retail offerings, so the restaurants can add a markup and still pass savings on to diners. And while they may lack… Read more »

Tropical tiki bar Miss Thing’s moves into Parkdale Tropical tiki bar Miss Thing’s moves into Parkdale

Looks like the Bovine Sex Club doesn’t have Queen West’s tiki bar scene all to itself anymore: Miss Thing’s, a Pan Asian restaurant and cocktail bar under the same ownership as next-door neighbour Wrongbar, has opened in Parkdale. There, chefs Jasper Wu (from Bent) and Paul Hadian (from Momofuku) are turning out their take on Polynesian dishes—raw conch with mango and jicama,… Read more »

Fifteen of the city’s most insane caesars Fifteen of the city’s most insane caesars

Every good Canadian worth his or her celery salt knows that the sodium-packed caesar is our national cocktail, and this year the Bloody Mary’s clammy cousin turns 46. While it may have been born in Calgary, the drink is being perfected right here in Hogtown: Tabasco is swapped out for homemade hot sauces, and crushed tortillas, powdered seaweed… Read more »

Patio Guide 2015: this summer’s best new outdoor seats Patio Guide 2015: this summer’s best new outdoor seats

After months of hibernating and sweater-wearing, Vitamin D–starved Torontonians can finally take to the streets (and backyards, and rooftops) to toast our seemingly shortest of seasons. And while it may still be illegal to crack a cold one in your neighbourhood park, there’s no shortage of spots in the city to sip something in the sun… Read more »

Cold Ones: five of our favourite Ontario craft beers for the summer Cold Ones: five of our favourite Ontario craft beers for the summer

There have never been more ways to enjoy Ontario craft beer, in every corner of the city. Here are our favourites By Jason McBride | Photographs by Carlo Mendoza 1 TROPIC THUNDER Wag the Wolf Hopfenweisse Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. This hop-heavy, organic Bavarian-style wheat beer has characteristic banana and citrus notes, hazy golden… Read more »

Noble Hop turns beer lovers into brewmasters Noble Hop turns beer lovers into brewmasters

By Jason McBride | Photograph by Daniel Neuhaus Last year, Dave Crum, a chatty 29-year-old, quit his job in finance and opened a bespoke shop for home brewers. He sells the needed equipment, which easily fits on a stovetop and stores in a closet, plus 60 different yeasts, and 75 hops and specialty malts to… Read more »

Spring Fling: six bargain bottles of lesser-known whites Spring Fling: six bargain bottles of lesser-known whites

Now’s the time to experiment with fragrant, refreshing, lesser-known whites By David Lawrason As the weather starts to warm I turn to crisp, high-acid white wines to rouse my ­palate out of winter hibernation. There are plenty of unsung white grape varieties that offer the same brace and quench as the more familiar rieslings, sauvignon… Read more »

A year-round lawn games bar is coming to College West A year-round lawn games bar is coming to College West

Good news for those of you who think the 60-plus crowd gets all the best sports: you no longer have to wait until your golden years to take up shuffleboard. That’s because Toronto’s getting its very own indoor lawn games bar, and it opens April 17. Track & Field Bar, owned by the folks behind… Read more »

Northern Belle, Northwood’s new sister spot, is now slinging drinks in Tri... Northern Belle, Northwood’s new sister spot, is now slinging drinks in Trinity Bellwoods

The Christie Pits café and cocktail bar Northwood has opened a second location on Dundas West. With its pour-over coffees and much stronger drinks, Northern Belle isn’t all too different from its sister location, save for a sophisticated aperitif menu with a selection of vermouths and amaros (soon to be offered as flights). Guests can expect classic drinks with twists and clever… Read more »

Serious Crush: 10 spots that deliver exciting wines and never-snooty service Serious Crush: 10 spots that deliver exciting wines and never-snooty service

By David Lawrason | Photography by Dave Gillespie The definition of a Toronto wine bar has morphed dramatically over the past few years. Classic wine-only bars are increasingly scarce, while restaurants with excellent by-the-glass lists and accompanying small plates are proliferating madly. My favourites all offer the wine bar experience, which to me means you… Read more »