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The Great Canadian Bar-Hop

Nineteen good reasons to grab a drink at these Canadian hotels bars.


Photo by Christopher Cypert TOCA

FREE BACON Tucked under the mezzanine of the Ritz-Carlton’s TOCA by Tom Brodi restaurant (TOCA is short for Toronto-Canada), TOCA Bar is a demure lobby fixture where mixology is at its most multi-cultural – to wit, the Tandoori Spiced Pisco Sour and the Chili-Lychee Collins. If the nickel countertop suggests a surgical theatre operated by a mad scientist, under a fog of liquid nitrogen, drinks are done with precision.

Sip The Streetcar, bartender Moses McIntee’s take on the sidecar: Crown Royal, lemon juice and Cointreau infused with Earl Grey tea, reinforced by a bergamot sugar rim.

Snack Maple-roasted rashers, proving that bacon is still the candy of meats, are complimentary.

In the Ritz-Carlton, Toronto, 181 Wellington St. W., Toronto



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Dea Bee

Tuesday, January 31st 2012 17:24
Your take on Clive's (trucker hats? Coors? Wha?!?) is so off base that it makes me wonder if you even had someone go to that establishment - and if the reporting on the rest of the bars is just as inaccurate.


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Sascha Mullin

Wednesday, February 22nd 2012 13:24
The Bengal Room features great jazz on weekends too

Cris M

Monday, March 5th 2012 15:23
I agree with Dea Bee - what's with the review of Clives? I've been there a number of times and it was chic and refined, with business travellers and well-dressed professionals.
Coors Light ad - what does that even mean? Trucker hat? What?

Chris S.

Tuesday, March 20th 2012 02:55
I'm glad that the Keefer Bar and the Tiki Bar at the Waldorf were included. Both are slightly off the beaten path choices for a great cocktail in Vancouver.
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