Toronto Bars & Nightlife
Bars & Nightlife neighborhood
612 College St., Little Italy
Known for having one of the best beer lists in Toronto, Birreria Volo is definitely geared toward craft-brew lovers with a rotating lineup, which usually includes some great ciders, too. Tucked into a narrow, dimly lit brick-lined space, it definitely feels more like a wine bar than anything resembling a brewery, which just adds to its charm. Look for a significant selection of classic cheese and meat boards.
Brothers Food & Wine
1240 Bay St., Yorkville
Tucked under Yorkville’s Bay Street subway station in a narrow, unassuming storefront, Brothers Wine Bar has quickly become known for elevated dinner fare and a really great wine selection. Inside, you’ll find a few tables (which, despite the small space, are quite comfortable), and a counter that runs through the length of the restaurant. Cozy and fairly low-key despite the gourmet nature of the food, expect an interesting selection of natural wines, and if you’re with a group, plan to share a bunch of things.
878 Bloor St. W., Bloorcourt
Comfortable and unpretentious, Civil Liberties is a great place for cocktails that insists it’s not a cocktail bar: There isn’t a cocktail menu, so you have to rely on your bartender to listen to what you like and create something you’ll enjoy on the spot. They have some snacking options, but if you’re hungry, opt for what they call a “Toasty,” which is actually just a really good grilled cheese.
838 College St., Little Italy
Adorned with sleek, geometric shelving and lots of carefully placed indoor plants, Pray Tell is a charming and casual cocktail spot—and unlike its beloved nearby sister bar, Track & Field, it’s light-filled and fairly quiet in comparison. While it makes sense to go for the cocktails alone (they riff on classics as well as feature more inventive ones like a floral pisco sour with passion fruit and rose-infused Cointreau), there's a full dinner menu plus plenty of snacks depending on what kind of night you want to get after.
607 College St., Little Italy
Although it’s a relative newcomer to the neighborhood, leather booths, wood floors, and painted white brick walls make The Walton feel like a cozy, quiet bar and café that’s been around for decades. In the mornings, WiFi, espresso, and pastries make it an inviting place to perch and work; in the afternoons and into the evenings, take advantage of the lovely outdoor patio in the back (weather permitting) with a cocktail.
Track & Field
860 College St., Little Italy
Sprawling across a fairly large basement-level space, Track & Field is a casual spot with a reliably lively crowd. The draw here is the bar games, which are on another level: Astroturf-covered bocce ball courts and large shuffleboard decks take center stage. Expect good craft beer, cocktails, and a live DJ on weekends–the size of the space makes it a great place for large groups, too.
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