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Top 5 Resto Bars in Toronto

By on September 19, 2014

You know when you feel like going to a bar but you prefer to have more of a culinary experience but still you are like “I’m in a bar mood.” Well, that is how Bar Resto’s came into existence and we searched high and low to bring you Toronto’s favourite. It wasn’t easy but from the decadent ambiance to the delicious cuisine and friendly staff, we found them and know you will love them more than we did.

 

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Who needs a time machine when a visit to The Citizen Bar will make you feel as though you’ve travelled back to the 1930’s?! Plus, you can skip having to shop for a DeLorean . . . Back to the Future anyone?

One step into The Citizen Bar and the first thing you will notice is the decor. Inspired by bars designed in the 1930s, The Citizen was built on the premise of “taking you back” to an underrated era. The design is very vintage and even the infrastructure has some pieces of history to it; some of the beams are from Gooderham and Worts distillery. How else could you experience a 1930s bar without some true pieces from the past?

Despite the old school feel, The Citizen can still pack a punch in today’s resto bar scene and is bursting with energy. There is always something special going on, whether it’s live entertainment on Wednesdays or catching a game on one of eleven televisions that disguise themselves as mirrors when they’re off!

The Citizen Bar’s full in-house kitchen truly believes in their adage, “If food is made with love, guests will always be happy”. Lets not forget that the menu offers fare using craft beer to create unique flavours. You will find small and big plates, sides and salad on the menu for you, along with an impressive list of drinks. You can wet your whistle from a choice of 13 brews, classic cocktails or the Citizen’s own creations like a Cucumber Lemonade. What’s a Cucumber Lemonade? It’s cucumber infused vodka, with lemon, mint syrup and cilantro!

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Reservations are welcome and you can always book with The Citizen for corporate functions, product launches (they have a projector!), executive dinners and celebrations for parties with 60-200 guests. You can reserve banquet booths, lounge couches, and three levels of private lounges.

Located on King West, just off Spadina, The Citizen definitely gives “a blast from the past” a whole new meaning.

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Website: http://thecitizento.com/

Location: 522 King Street West, Toronto, M5V 1L7

Contact: info@TheCitizenTO.com, 416-703-2800

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When you hear “snack bar” the images that jump to mind usually include chips, chocolate bars, french fries, crackers and ham and cheese sandwiches. However, at 416 Snack Bar, the word “snack” is a major understatement. The ever changing menu is composed of finger foods from cuisines all over the world – hence their tagline “cutlery free since 2011”. One peek at the website, and you’ll be seeing items you thought only appeared on television. The website also acts as a blog so you can keep up to date with 416’s shenanigans. You can even engage in a conversation with the owner by dropping a comment.

Just to get an idea of these sophisticated snacks, here are some things that have been available: foie torchon with toasts, steak tartare, thai grilled fish platters and oysters. There are some favourites that come and go like the “Mini Mac”, but they usually return due to popular demand. You can also kickback and grab a couple brews while you’re there. Visit their website to see what’s new or just drop by! Toronto’s 416 Snack Bar is open until 2 AM, 7 days a week.

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Location: 181 Bathurst Street, Toronto, M6J 1E3

Contact: info@416snackbar.com, 416-364-9320

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Sleek, sophisticated and new to Liberty Village, Williams Landing is taking Toronto’s bar resto experience to a whole new level. Some restaurants start off with a spectacular grand opening and the excitement about their establishment builds slowly over time. That was not the case for Williams Landing however, who hit the ground running in 2011 and haven’t lost momentum since!

Energy levels are kept high with the help of special events, some enthusiastic staff and a crowd of excited customers. Some of these events are extra special and require a ticket to get in, such as the recent LOBSTER FEST. Other events are open to everyone and you can catch daily specials on themed days like “Tiki Tuesday”. There is often live entertainment, musical guests and most importantly, in my opinion, giveaways!

But of course you’re not just here for free stuff and a good time; you’re also here to actually eat and drink. At Williams Landing you can have brunch, lunch and dinner. There is a vast selection of appetizers, pizzas, burgers, entrees and desserts. Some of the items that you can choose from include: Mac and Cheese Lobster Fritters, Pappardelle, and Taro Cheesecake. I would mention more appealing dishes, but then I would just be listing the entire menu. For those also grabbing a drink, you can choose from 16 beers on draft, 34 wines and 10 signature cocktails.

If you’re looking for a place with a strong personality, Williams Landing is the place to go. It’s a fun atmosphere, whether you’re there for a game, enjoying the patio, hosting an event, or just grabbing a bite to eat.

They’re open seven days a week and you can call to reserve or book a table right on their website.

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Website: http://williamslanding.ca/

Location: 120 Lynn Williams Street, Toronto, ON M6K 3P6

Contact: info@williamslanding.ca, 647-340-8008

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You’ve had a stressful day at work and all you want to do is sit down with a friend, eat and wind down. If you’ve found yourself in this position, where are you supposed to go? Answer: The Queen and Beaver Public House! This place offers two bars and two patios, upstairs and downstairs. For you sports fanatics, the second floor operates as the sports screening room so you never have to miss a moment of the game.

The menu offers classic British Dishes that are all made from scratch. Chef Andrew Carter has worked at many restaurants in England and is now in Toronto to offer you the best British comfort food like rabbit and potato pie. There are options available for vegetarians and there’s even a kids menu! One thing I have to mention is the pudding options. Yes, Queen and Beaver offer delectable puddings, with flavours like brown butter and honey elephants foot or sticky toffee pudding. To wash all this food down, you can grab a beer, a glass of wine or a cocktail.

Reservations are available for all meals of the day and dinner is served until 11 PM. The Bar however, is open until 12 AM.

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Website: http://queenandbeaverpub.ca/

Location: 35 Elm Street, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1H1

Contact: jamieson@queenandbeaverpub.ca, 647-347-2712

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The name Isabel might make you envision an adorable little girl wearing a pink dress, but when you put the word Bar in front of Isabel, you get a bar/restaurant with a menu that could knock you off your feet.

The Spanish cuisine is divided into 8 categories on the menu: Appetizers, Vegetables, Seafood, Meat, Snacks, Fine Cheeses, Cured Meats, and Dessert. When you visit, make sure you come with an open mind and empty stomach because there are so many items to choose from. Even the drinks menu is overwhelmingly impressive with draught beers, cocktails, red and white wines, and bottles most of which are from Spain.

Check out their amazing website for their entire selection of food and drink, or stop by anytime. They’re open until 2 AM, everyday.

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Website: http://barisabel.com/

Location: 797 College Street, Toronto, M6G 1C7

Contact: info@barisabel.com, 416-532-2222


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About Jennifer Isla

Jennifer is an aspiring marketer from Toronto who is always looking to paint the town red. Concerts make her happy, ice cream is her weakness and once she starts watching National Geographic, she can't stop. Jennifer loves to write about all the experiences the city gives her (which may come in 140 character blasts) and she loves to read but often gets too attached to a novel's protagonist. That's normal though, right?