It's Friday, and that means that you deserve a drink! Between half asleep morning commutes, and work days that seemed to go on forever, your weekend felt like it could not come quick enough.
Happy hour is approaching quickly and we think you need to celebrate the weekend at one of Toronto's awesome cocktail bars! In recent years Toronto has really taken their cocktail game to the next level. Whether you like something sweet, salty, shaken our stirred, you can definitely find something that fits your taste in the city!
Make it your mission to check out at least 1 of these 12 awesome cocktail bars that Toronto has to offer this weekend!
1. The County General // 798 Queen St. E.
The County General is an awesome spot in the East end of Toronto. The staff is amazing, and always very accommodating. Be sure to try that Brulee Basil Gimlet. Flamed green chartreuse and fresh basil doused by our classic gimlet gives a smokey herbaceous flavour!
2. Barchef // 472 Queen St W.
If you're really looking to impress your friends from out of town, take them to Barchef. They are known for their extremely imaginative and over the top cocktails. Each drink has its own crazy twists, and the mixologists are very talented and knowledgable.
3. Carbon Bar // 99 Queen St E.
Carbon is a super cozy spot to spend a rainy Friday night (potentially tonight???). Their decor is awesome, their staff is friendly and their drinks are delicious! What more could you ask for?
4. Bar Isabel // 797 College St.
Bar Isabel makes so many fresh and delicious cocktails. They have an extensive drink menu that is sure to fit your taste. Be sure to check them out this weekend, but get there early - they tend to be busy!
Photo cred -@peachjingjing
5. JaBistro // 222 Richmond St. W.
JaBistro isn't just known for their incredible seafood. Their cocktails are tasty, fresh and are the best way to start your weekend! They also have a beautiful patio to enjoy in the summer.
6. Toronto Temperance Society // 577 College St.
Toronto Temperance society has an awesome cinnamon Old Fashioned you need to try (as seen above)! Enjoy it on their spacious patio this weekend.
7. Linwood Essentials // 930 Queen St W.
Linwood Essentials is a great spot with a lot of character. This is a super fun spot to bring your group of friends and catch up on a drink or five. The bar staff are also very attentive and knowledgeable.
8. Cold Tea // 60 Kensington Ave.
Cold Tea is a great spot in Kensington if you're looking for somewhere a little more lively but still casual. Enjoy their tasty cocktails while sitting on the patio with your group of friends this weekend.
9. The Lockhart // 1479 Dundas St W.
This Harry Potter themed bar serves up magical cocktails on the daily. If you're looking to geek out a bit over numerous Harry Potter references then this is your spot! Be sure to try the Tinworth Iced Tea, it's very delicious.
Photo cred @findyoursip
10. Harbord Room // 89 Harbord St.
Harbord Room has some extremely unique cocktails on their menu. One of my favourites being the "Fingers Crossed". This crazy drink includes Woodford Reserve double oaked bourbon, coffee & anise infused Mount Gay Eclipse Rum, sweet vermouth and Cocoa Bitters!
11. Collete Grand Cafe // 550 Wellington St W.
Collete Grand Cafe is pretty new to the city, and has introduced Toronto to some awesome drinks. They also have a beautiful patio perfect for a boozy brunch with your girls.
12. Cocktail Bar // 923 Dundas Street W.
You may have passed by Cocktail Bar once or twice and never even noticed. Their exterior is pretty blank except for a small "Cocktail Bar" sign in the window. This is definitely one of Toronto's "hidden gems". This place has delicious drinks yummy cheese plates!