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Top bar recommendations from locals

Tapas Restaurant
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“Transport yourself to Spain without leaving Toronto. Bar Raval’s Gaudi-inspired wooden interior is full of curving, rich wood, inviting you to stay a while longer.”
  • 128 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
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“Few restaurants in the city are as tough to score a table at than Grant van Gameren’s Spanish tavern on College. That’s because few places deliver as much joy for 50-odd dollars per person. Three years in, GVG and his team have nailed their brand of Barcelonian party food mixed with Torontonian nose-to-tail edge.”
  • 129 locals recommend
Bar
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“As you walk down the steps into the venue it’s like you are transported to North Dakota; Barnboard walls, cattle skulls and washboards decorate the walls. It’s a serious venue to see blues, honky-tonk, country, and rockabilly. Some of the local acts you can catch here are The Mercenaries, Communism, Run With Kittens, and The Conor Gains Band. Tuesday’s at 6pm they host a jam session for those who want to test their mettle on stage. The Dakota Tavern offers food on Friday’s and Saturday’s and on Sunday they have a popular bluegrass brunch that is family friendly. If you are looking for a venue where beards and cowboy boots are in an abundance then The Dakota Tavern will fit the bill.”
  • 97 locals recommend
Bar
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“mostly punk rock upstairs and cheap Mexican food and beer downstairs. A rowdy and cheerful place.”
  • 83 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Fresh breads, pizza, and vegetarian menu too. Cute patio on a side street. Excellent food and service. ”
  • 44 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Laid-back watering hole serving Haitian grub & rum cocktails in a narrow, muraled setting.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Café
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“Toronto's most famous board game cafe boasts various locations across the city. They have walls stacked with just about any game you could imagine, from your Monopolies of the world to Jumanji and Fireball Island.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Sports Bar
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“This is a fun bar where you can play bocce ball and shuffle board while drinking delicious cocktails. It is always busy on the weekends.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“Discrete white building the pulls you in with a small lit sign "cocktail bar". Stepping inside the decor is beautiful and the cocktails even more so. This place is always a special treat to yourself when go!”
  • 21 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
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“PRICE Sharing plates from $6 to $39, or chef’s choice menus for $50 a person. CUISINE Chinese, Canadiana VEGETARIAN FRIENDLY? Yes DRINKS Draft sake and white wine for $8 a glass, plus one of the smartest wine lists in town, with options for all budgets. ATMOSPHERE A fun, elegant room with design cues from Hong Kong gangster movies and your grandmother’s chinoiserie tea set. Excellent service, reasonable volume levels. RECOMMENDATIONS Big Mac bao, egg net salad, Hakka wontons, crispy octopus fresh roll, smoked trout betel leaf, sweet and sour pork hock, ribeye, truffled fried rice, kasu cake. ADDITIONAL INFO Menu changes frequently; vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free menus available on request.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Whisky Bar
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“Scottish owned pub and staff. Top notch whiskey selection , whiskey tasters and Scottish food. Come here for Whiskey and Haggis! Very cozy restaurant /bar”
  • 29 locals recommend
Wine Bar
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“A haven for the city’s natural-wine craze. With its minimalist decor and western-Euro snack menu, the immediate impression is unassuming but, crack the bottle list and it becomes clear that co-owners Josh and Joel Corea are anything but quotidian when it comes to wine.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Patois Toronto is a little restaurant that feels as if you’ve stumbled into a backyard party where the music is a little too loud, and the bartenders are cracking jokes as old friends would. As for its excellent plates, the portions assure you’ll never go hungry. Chef Craig Wong’s Dundas West spot highlights Caribbean-Asian cuisine such as make-you-sweat jerk chicken atop a helping of chow mein, and fried chicken with watermelon and kimchi. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“Quaint cocktail bar with great wine & beer. Minimal snacks but lots of charm. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Bar
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“Great spot for a night out. Lively atmosphere and great drinks. Luther's Chicken serving up fried chicken in the back. Yes please.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Café
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“Cafe by day, cocktail bar by night, and my favourite place in the whole city. The owners Alison & Sunny are the loveliest of people, the snacks are delicious, the drinks to die for. Walking into this place is like coming home ❤️”
  • 15 locals recommend