DEQ Terrace & Lounge is an urban outdoor oasis, nestled in Toronto’s downtown core with a breathtaking view of Simcoe Park and the CN Tower. The crostini garnish with molasses signify a time between colonial and confederation when soldiers would consumed beer, molasses and stale bread mixed together before heading to war. The Bloody Caesar is synonymous with Canada.
The cocktail was invented by a Canadian and is enjoyed year-round in our country. This Ritz-Carlton signature Caesar elevates the Canadian classic to a higher level of luxury, while preserving its savoury yet refreshing flavour profile. Keeping with the high standards associated with the cocktail program in Ritz bar liquors, our signature Caesar Mix is made in-house, while the garnishes represent ingredients found throughout Canada.
The whisky used in the cocktail commemorates Canada’s upcoming 150 year Anniversary of Confederation. The TOCA Pinot Noir Reduction represents Ontario’s world class wineries and vineyards. The cheese selection represents the province of Quebec and the influence that French culture and cuisine has within Canada. Finally, the East Coast Lobster Tail represents the Atlantic provinces and their history of hospitality, it will also be the prominent garnish.
Whether you love a laid-back lounge or a dive bar, we don’t judge.
You may not be as classy. There is no such thing as one-size-fits-all people, so why shouldn’t our bars be as unique as we are? Whether you love a laid-back lounge or a dive bar, we don’t judge. Take a swig of what the city has to offer. The Drake is not right in the centre of Toronto, but it sure feels like it is when you arrive.
There is an Apres Work menu from 4 to 7, offering sleek cocktails such as the Brown Butter Maple Old Fashioned. Or visit on a Monday evening for even cheaper drinks. Grab a couple to get you through a night of dancing and schmoozing, even if you are just chatting to your plus one.
The Drake is not right in the centre of Toronto, but it sure feels like it is when you arrive. A hub for the fabulous, this revamped space manages to be edgy yet elegant. Like a fine wine, the area of Roncesvalles just keeps getting better with age.
Enter The Ace, which used to be a Chinese restaurant and has become a chic and cozy bar which is just the ticket on a cold weather day. Dinner and lunch items take from varying world cuisines, coming together for an exquisitely comforting dish every time. Brunch is so busy, you may have to be there as early as 9:30 to get a seat (pyjamas welcome).
But let’s get to those cocktails, shall we? Cocktails are strong (“like bull”) and confident. The Canadian sour has forty creek Canadian rye, lemon juice and triple sec to start. Drinks make you wonder why you don’t have a more stocked bar at home, so we will answer for you: you can’t recreate magic like this.
Like a fine wine, the area of Roncesvalles just keeps getting better with age. Enter The Ace, which used to be a Chinese restaurant and has become a chic and cozy bar which is just the ticket on a cold weather day. Plush black leather couches, reclaimed wooden tables and a sleek entrance may make you think you have stepped into Pretension District when you go to Spirit House.
- Oz Fresh Lime Juice
- Queen Street West, Toronto, Ont., M5V 2A2
- Oz. Crown Royal XR
- Sherbourne St. (Google maps)
Don’t be fooled. The ambience is just a sidenote, and the focus is first and foremost where it should be at a place with the name Spirit House: on the cocktails. There are no bartenders who have taken a weekend course here, but rather mixologists who know how to properly mix a drink.
Founded by the owners of the Toronto Institute of Bartending, there is serious attention given to drinks that are both classic and innovative. The drinks menu may require some time to properly peruse, so pull up a chair. Should you need a nibble, the upscale bar food includes charcuterie and pulled duck poutine.
Plush black leather couches, reclaimed wooden tables and a sleek entrance may make you think you have stepped into Pretension District when you go to Spirit House. You may be able to have too many shoes, but you can never have too many brew pubs (too much beer is another thing, but we don’t want to be downers).
Toronto’s Barhop doesn’t require that you engage in a tour of the city. There is more than enough brewing goodness in one place. You can get a large format table bottle if you and your friends are the sharing types, or you can sample from their seasonal beer list. There is even a nice array of gluten free beers and ciders.