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Five romantic Toronto bars for cocktails, conversation and hardcore canoodling

Toronto Bars: Top 5 Date Nights

Toronto Bars: Cocktail Bar

1. Cocktail Bar

At Dundas West’s jazz-humming speakeasy, cocktails by owner-bartender Jen Agg—an eye-glazing barrel-aged manhattan ($17) or a frothy Lavender Pisco Sour ($11)—do double-duty, functioning as both conversation pieces and social lubricants. 923 Dundas St. W., 416-792-7511.

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26 of the best Toronto happy hour specials

On Mondays, Rakia serves $8 absinthe (Image: Caroline Aksich)

Happy hours have a weird history in straight-laced Ontario. The province first allowed the practice in 1981, only to ban it three years later fearing it promoted drinking and driving. Then, in 2007, the Liquor Licence Act changed yet again, allowing booze prices to fluctuate with the time of day or the day of the week. But don’t call these specials happy hours: that term, along with the phrase “cheap drinks,” is strictly prohibited. Toronto’s bar and restaurant owners are a savvy bunch, however, offering everything from cinq-à-septs (a Montreal import) to Crappy Hour. Below, 26 of the best Toronto happy hour specials (just don’t call it that).

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The Month That Was


The Month That Was: the Toronto restaurants and bars that opened and closed in April

Looking down from the mezzanine at Bellwoods Brewery (Image: Gizelle Lau)


• The Saint—after three long years of waiting, during which time most of Ossington rapidly gentrified, this neighbourhood tavern from the people behind Buca finally opened its doors. Read our Introducing post »

• Bellwoods Brewery—A highly anticipated new brewpub on Ossington from a pair of Amsterdam Beer alums, with food by Guy Rawlings. Read our Introducing post »

• Lilly’s Lunches—A new downtown-centric bike brown bag bike delivery service from a cubicle escapee. Read our Introducing post »

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