I’m thrilled to see an actual washroom when I arrive at Chill Ice House. This allays my very real fear of having to pee on a hand-carved ice toilet. It’s Saturday night and I’ve just showed up for my pre-booked time slot, which will run from 11:15 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. Chill Ice House charges… Read more »
Name: Rush Lane Contact Info: 563 Queen St. W., 416-551-7540, rushlaneto.com , facebook.com, @rushlaneco Neighbourhood: Queen West Previously: Hot Wings Grill and Rib House Owners: Jordan Bushell, Alexis Arrowsmith, Simon Hooper, Doug Twigger and Brett Klyszejko Chef: Chris Scott, the former chef de cuisine at Bero in Leslieville The Drinks: Rush Lane is owned and operated by a pack… Read more »
$50,200,000 —Total LCBO sales of Ontario craft beer in 2013-2014, according to a recent five-year trend report. The number represents a 220-per-cent increase over sales for the 2009-2010 fiscal year, which totaled $15.7 million.
Here’s a potential solution for people who don’t live in reasonable proximity to an LCBO or Beer Store, or for anyone who’s just incredibly lazy. Steam Whistle Brewery has introduced a new beer-delivery service, and it’s 100-per-cent free (the delivery part, at least—you have to pay for the beer). There are other alcohol-delivery outfits in… Read more »
“Big” and “new” don’t always mean “better,” especially when it comes to patios. That’s why this year’s guide is devoted to a less ostentatious breed of outdoor drinking venue—places every local knows and loves, but that don’t have the kind of flashy features (a retractable roof, say, or a giant hexagonal pool) that would necessarily… Read more »
The Ossington Stop (formerly Ossington Station) is a new late-night snack bar on Dundas, just west of Ossington. The bare-bones room—formerly the Arrow Café—has a bar, a few high-top tables and an open kitchen. It also has some of the neighbourhood’s most inexpensive alcoholic beverages. With pints priced at $4, wine at $5 and double…
There must be a certain science to deciding which foods and drinks deserve to have entire weeks of the year cordoned off in their honour. Negroni Week, a worldwide booze festival dedicated to the precise mixture of gin, Campari and sweet vermouth, seems like an oddly specific international holiday, especially given all the other good… Read more »
Any cold beer tastes great under a blasting sun. Some styles suit the warm weather better than others, though. The LCBO’s recent summertime release focuses on lighter, brighter brews imbued with lots of fruit. From funky sour ales to big, bold IPAs, here are our 10 favourite beers to sip on long, lazy summertime afternoons.
The Good Press claims to make “Toronto’s freshest cold-pressed juices”—a fairly grandiose claim, given the number of cold-press specialists currently making similar promises around the city. (For the uninitiated, most modern-day juicers believe that “cold-pressing” fruits and vegetables—i.e. grinding them into a messy pulp and then squeezing the juice out by applying huge amounts of… Read more »
We’re not certain that the “all press is good press” maxim currently applies to The Beer Store. Ontario’s favourite only major beer merchant has been getting a good whipping in the media lately, thanks largely to the Ontario Convenience Stores Association, which has been rallying hard to get alcohol sales wrested from the cold, corporate… Read more »
The pirate’s grog is making a comeback. Here, County General bartender Jeff Carroll concocts his favourite rum cocktails, with fun new twists Photograph by Vicky Lam; Styling by Linsey Bell 1 | Dr. Painkiller (pictured) Shake 2 oz El Dorado Deluxe Silver rum, 1 oz fresh lime juice, ¾ oz grenadine, 3 drops Fee Brothers… Read more »
There are few things more quintessentially Mexican—or more dangerously refreshing—than the margarita, a time-honoured mix of tequila, triple sec and lime. Lately, Toronto cocktail gurus have been playing fast-and-loose with the classic cocktail, adding unusual ingredients like tamarind, chili peppers and fermented tea. Here, in honour of Cinqo de Mayo (it’s today!), five great (if… Read more »
We might not typically judge a candidate for public office based on his or her drink of choice, but considering how much we know about our current mayor’s drinking preferences—whether it be a few beers at a Leafs game, an early-morning bottle of brandy at his office, or just a few Iceberg vodkas and Tropicana… Read more »