Food & Drink

Five romantic Toronto bars for cocktails, conversation and hardcore canoodling

Five romantic Toronto bars for cocktails, conversation and hardcore canoodling

1. Cocktail Bar

At Dundas West’s jazz-humming speakeasy, cocktails by owner-bartender Jen Agg—an eye-glazing barrel-aged manhattan ($17) or a frothy Lavender Pisco Sour ($11)—do double-duty, functioning as both conversation pieces and social lubricants. 923 Dundas St. W., 416-792-7511.

2. The Yukon

Yes, it’s another dimly lit, vinyl-spinning Parkdale hole-in-the-wall—but it’s a particularly good one, with Lady and the Tramp–like intimacy, crafty cocktails (the tangy, gin-strong Orange Fizz is $12) and a golden glow putting everyone in their best light. 1592 Queen St. W., 647-348-8400.

3. Ritz Bar

A drink at the Ritz-Carlton’s swanky cocktail lounge will show your date you mean business. Luxe, romantic sips like the lavender-scented Flowers for My Sister vodka cocktail ($14), topped with a handful of rose petals, will certainly help curry favour. 181 Wellington St. W., 416-585-2500.

4. Smith

This Village resto-bar is, to borrow the cliché, whatever you want it to be: the first two levels are diner-friendly, and a DJ dominates the third. The solid cocktails ensure anyone can get lucky (we recommend the bourbon-soaked Millionaire, $13). 553 Church St., 416-926-2501.

5. Mavrik

Queen West’s wine bar is pointedly unstuffy—stem-free glassware, a soft indie soundtrack, a conspicuous dearth of intolerable oenophiles—and a great place to ease first-date palpi­tation over tasting flights (two three-ounce pours for $19). 676 Queen St. W., 416-214-9429.


Sign up for Table Talk, our free newsletter with essential food and drink stories.

By signing up, you agree to our terms of use and privacy policy.
You may unsubscribe at any time.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.


The Latest

Kiss and Tell: "I started dating my best friend's ex. It ruined our relationship"

Kiss and Tell: “I started dating my best friend’s ex. It ruined our relationship”