Sip In Secret At Toronto’s Cool Speakeasy-style Bars

Toronto might not have as many secret underground DWAlexander as New York or London, but the 416 is home to a few hidden spots where you’ll find handcrafted cocktails and a Prohibition-era vibe. We’ll let you in on these not-so-secret speakeasies in the city. Follow the glowing neon sign advertising tarot cards and palm reading services to uncover this subterranean speakeasy-style bar on Dundas Street West.

Once you descend down the hidden staircase, the bar reveals itself as part Prohibition-era lounge, part carnivalesque attraction – there is, in fact, a visiting fortune teller from time to time. The menu specializes in strong cocktails and an ever-changing roster of small plates made with seasonal ingredients.

Call for reservations if you want to guarantee a seat. Meandering down an empty corridor through the unassuming Kensington Mall might seem like a fool’s mission, but there’s plenty of boozy fun to be had beyond the unmarked door illuminated by a glowing red light.

The location isn’t the only mystery here; without printed menus you’ll have to know what you want to drink (or be willing to ask for advice from the experimental bartenders). If you want our advice, you can’t go wrong with the Cognac Manhattan and Bourbon sour with honey chamomile syrup.

During the summer months, the hidden outdoor patio is perhaps the city’s worst-kept secret. This spot might be bit more under-the-radar thanks to its east end location, but the crowds still pack inside this Leslieville local nightly to enjoy classic cocktails and savoury snacks. The dark interior creates a moody ambiance in the lounge and the staff members behind the bar are experts when it comes to well-crafted cocktails.

In-the-know patrons love the inventive and nuanced drink list and exclusive vibe.

The extensive drink list boasts perennial classics as well as specialty cocktails; the Elderflower Fizz and the Dark and Stormy are both easy-drinking faves. Mixologists like to show off at this private club located above Sidecar on College Street. You’ll uncover an unmarked black door hidden within the restaurant but only members (and their lucky guests) are allowed to pass through. In-the-know patrons love the inventive and nuanced drink list and exclusive vibe. If you do find your way in, make sure to pay attention to the house rules: no cell phones, no smooching and absolutely no cosmopolitans.

Pair the game with some wood-fired, slow-cooked southern BBQ from pulled pork poutine to blackened salmon. Here, a passion for sports is matched by a passion for food. As you might guess, this sports bar/steakhouse & burger restaurant boasts a meat-heavy menu of “New American” style pub fare.

It’s at once an upscale version of a sports pub – you won’t find any hockey jerseys adorning the walls here, but leather upholstered booths and wine cabinets – and a destination for power lunches and game viewing. Come here if you want to watch in style.

This latest addition to the sports bar & grill roster has quickly become a lively social hub thanks to its third-floor patio overlooking Yonge and Dundas. Twice voted Canada’s best sports bar thanks to its success on the West Coast, Toronto’s Shark Club carries on the tradition of a premium sports experience.

  • Queen Street West, M5V 2B6
  • Ossington Avenue, Toronto ON
  • Chorizo sausage nachos with three cheeses, banana peppers, pineapple, cilantro and scallions
  • Dundas Street West | 416-588-0307 | Lula.ca
  • Church Street | 416-364-8368 | dwalexander.com

With a massive HD TV in the middle of the bar and 57 smaller ones, every seat in the house has a stellar view of the game. The downtown location of this Ontario-based chain is located right across the street from Rogers Centre (formerly SkyDome, making it a popular pre-game destination for baseball fans.

While it’s a family friendly dinner option, fans who come to see pay-per-view events on the 126-inch screen sometimes get rowdy as the night progresses. One of Dundas West’s premier options for sports bars, this spot attracts sports fans who aren’t necessarily fans of most chain sports bars. With a craft-beer-only policy and a South African-inspired menu incorporating provisions from surrounding indie retailers, the game isn’t the only attraction here.

Bring your appetite for good food and good beer and take in the action on the unobtrusive screens mounted behind the bar. At once a bowling alley, concert venue and sports bar, the massive club in the Entertainment District can accommodate up to 900 people. TVs can try their hand at ping pong, pool, foosball or hit the Xbox corner. This concept space attracts sports fans and party seekers in droves – book your lane well in advance.

The Donnelly Group is hiring Hosts to work at Gift Shop. An eclectic, cutting edge cocktail bar built into the back of Barber & Co’s first Toronto location. Gift Shop focuses on bespoke cocktails and intimate service. If you care about cocktails and also happen to take pride in providing great hospitality, this is where you need to be.

A strong sense of urgency is required, an outgoing and engaging personality will also serve you well. Whether you’re looking to work full time or just a few shifts each week, there’s a good chance we have a spot for you. Availability is important, but we’ll make it work. Jeff started this independent company 17 years ago. We’ve grown to include pubs, cocktail clubs, nightclubs and barbershops, operating primarily in Vancouver and also in Toronto.

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Sip In Secret At Toronto’s Cool Speakeasy-style Bars