New bars were plentiful in Toronto this past year, offering new venues for drinking, dancing, snacking and socializing . From initimate venues to take in live music to late-night destinations for cocktails and nibbles, there's something for everyone on this list.
Here are my picks for the top new bars in Toronto by neighbourhood.
Wolf Like Me is a self appointed dive bar that aims to be dark, loud and cheap. Craft beers on tap are priced at $6, while shots of Jager and Jameson go for $4, and 2oz cocktails will run you $7.
Lawn games accompanied by draught cocktails are the main attraction at Track & Field Bar. Try the Tame Impala, a tequila, cucumber and ginger beer concoction on tap.
The End delves deep into the classics, whipping up G&Ts and Dark 'N Stormy cocktails along with signature drinks like The 6, a bourbon and Fernet bevy. Take a leap of faith for $11 and leave it up to the bartender.
Tesla Kitchen & Bar is a cozy pub that's pouring pints and cracking open tall cans of an impressive assortment of Ontario craft beers. The menu includes snacks, burgers and sandwiches such as the mighty tasty short rib grilled cheese.
PO Box 1192 is a dimly lit snack bar that keeps things fresh with a rotating cast of DJs spinning old school hip hop and an affordable menu of munchies. Tall cans and mixed drinks are the tipple of choice.
Rum fueled adventures are the specialty at Shameful Tiki Room. The chain of Polynesian inspired bars is all about exotic cocktails accompanied by island bar foods like poke, Spam maki, and deep-fried pineapple.
Boxcar Social is a hybrid cafe-bar, a wonderful combination that allows for whisky-coffee flights like the Whisky Tango ($15) consisting of two featured espressos paired with two half-ounce shots of bourbon.
YONGE & DUNDAS
Roll Play Bar occupies the second floor space beside BMV Books. Head mixologist Berry Sit has created a menu of 88 cocktails highlighting uniquely Asian flavours including the Hong Kong martini featuring a house-made infusion of Earl Grey gin blended with a shot of espresso and evaporated milk.
YONGE & WELLESLEY
The Wickson Social is a stately new public house with areas for drinking, dining and lounging. At the long raw edged walnut bar you'll find six rotating brews on tap and a collection of seasonal cocktails including the Twinkle, a gin and cava libation.
What did I miss? Disagree with my selections in the comments.
Top photo of the Shameful Tiki Room by Jesse Milns.
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