Drinks

What it’s like to spend Saturday night in a nightclub made entirely of ice What it’s like to spend Saturday night in a nightclub made entirely of ice

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 »

Bellwoods Brewery set to expand by summer 2015 Bellwoods Brewery set to expand by summer 2015

The team behind the Ossington brewery has announced plans to open a new production facility and restaurant at Dupont and Dovercourt, in the slightly derelict-looking glass warehouse that’s been haunting the corner since forever. The additional space will let Bellwoods brew its most popular labels in much bigger batches, leaving more time and tank space… Read more »

Introducing: Rush Lane, a modernist snack bar and booze laboratory on Queen West Introducing: Rush Lane, a modernist snack bar and booze laboratory on Queen West

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 »

Ontario craft beer is booming Ontario craft beer is booming

$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.

Steam Whistle debuts dial-a-bottle for downtown Toronto Steam Whistle debuts dial-a-bottle for downtown Toronto

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 »

A frustrated craft brewer: “There’s fear-mongering and nonsense commercials” A frustrated craft brewer: “There’s fear-mongering and nonsense commercials”

“We can’t even have a legitimate conversation with politicians and the powers-that-be because as soon as this becomes a blip on the radar, there’s fear-mongering and nonsense commercials out there about kids injecting beer in their eyes.” —Indie Alehouse owner Jason Fisher in an interview with Canada.com, presumably referencing the controversial “Ontario Beer Facts” ad… Read more »

Patio Guide 2014: 10 spots the locals don’t want you to discover Patio Guide 2014: 10 spots the locals don’t want you to discover

“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 »

This may be the cheapest place to drink on (well, near) Ossington This may be the cheapest place to drink on (well, near) Ossington

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…

Get tipsy for a good cause during Toronto Negroni Week Get tipsy for a good cause during Toronto Negroni Week

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 »

The ten best summer beers hitting LCBO shelves this month The ten best summer beers hitting LCBO shelves this month

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.

Yorkville residents, meet your new juice bar Yorkville residents, meet your new juice bar

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 »

Good news for The Beer Store, for once Good news for The Beer Store, for once

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 »

Six ways with rum, from The County General’s Jeff Carroll Six ways with rum, from The County General’s Jeff Carroll

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 »

Cinqo Drinkos: five inspired Toronto takes on the classic Mexican margarita Cinqo Drinkos: five inspired Toronto takes on the classic Mexican margarita

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 »

Semi-important question: what do 2014’s mayoral candidates like to drink? Semi-important question: what do 2014’s mayoral candidates like to drink?

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 »