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The Great Canadian Bar-Hop

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


DUCK CONFIT POUTINE Toronto’s heritage Gladstone Hotel continues its gentrification-sensitive renovations with recent upgrades to its no-holds bar, uncovering the terrazzo floor and renewing the seating. Melody Bar retains an aura of saloon, a throwback to the 1880s, when it served a nearby train station. On karaoke nights, old-timers and new wavers vie to cover “Bette Davis Eyes,” separated by only the thinnest veil of irony.

Sip Manhattan Veracruzano: Wiser’s Small Batch whisky, sweet vermouth, Kahlúa and Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters.

Snack Chef Marc Breton’s poutine, made with Monforte cheese curds – the duck-confit or the veggie version.

In the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen 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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