5 Top Toronto Spots for Deal-Closing Drinks
When it’s closing time, you need a spot you can count on to provide the perfect backdrop and menu. We asked brokers from Colliers, Marcus & Millichap, Ashlar Urban Realty, JLL and Regent Street for their top downtown drinks destinations.
The Carbon Bar
Location: 99 Queen St W
Libations: Signature hooch includes “10 Dollar Smokin’ Manhattan,” Carbon Bar Julep and Black Mamba Margarita
Nosh: Korean fried cauliflower, BBQ Tuna, Hamachi Ceviche.
Noteworthy: Enjoy “unpretentious snacks,” plates and platters in a space inspired by the Electric Circus nightclub that used to operate here.
Location: 4 Front St E
Libations: Righteous cocktail list, including Rusty Macintosh, Spiced Pumpkin Fiz and Candy Apple Martini.
Nosh: Crispy pig’s ears, lamb belly confit, ”B’oysterous Oysters”
Noteworthy: Vibe is 1930s Paris meets fresh London cool. Neighbouring St. Lawrence Market shapes seasonal menus and cheese selection. $1 oysters nightly from 5 pm.
Location: 150 King St W
Libations: Extensive selection of draught beers, including Beau’s, Mill Street, Muskoka, Rhino and Steamwhistle.
Nosh: Chicken, brie and fig sandwich; Los Cabos chicken tacos; Leroy’s crispy dry ribs.
Noteworthy: Popular West Coast chain’s Financial District foothold is well positioned for business, fun or both. Patio, outdoor bar and free WiFi.
Shangri-la Lobby Lounge
Location: 188 University Ave
Libations: Bar has a beverage list that celebrates classic cocktails from the 1930s; a five-volume compendium of wines, cocktails and spirits; and tea library with 68 kinds of tea.
Nosh: Salmon pressed sushi, Northern Divine Caviar, Hamachi Sashimi.
Noteworthy: 90-seat lounge is bathed in natural light via two-storey windows, highlighting large paintings, sculptures and an Italian handcrafted Fazioli piano. Evening entertainment calendar from 3 pm on.
Location: 66 Wellington St W
Libations: Grand Theft Autumn (Chai-infused Hennessey VS with Grand Marnier; Avocado Margarita; Old Man (with cigar-infused bourbon)
Nosh: Mini Burger, Charcuterie Board, Chorizo Empanadas, Albacore Tuna Tartare, Rabbit Confit Croquettes
Noteworthy: Located in the atrium of TD Centre, Mark McEwan resto sees a mix of Bay Streeters, sports fans and foodies digging on executive chef Brooke McDougall’s tasty offerings.