Queen St. West is widely reputed as one of Toronto’s trendiest neighborhoods, and has no shortage of bars. Follow this guide for 10 of the best spots to enjoy a drink (or three) in one of Canada’s coolest ‘hoods.
Just across from the Bell Media building, you’ll find Queen St. Warehouse, the successor to the Annex’s El Furniture Warehouse. With its brick walls, wooden slat tables, and effortlessly cool servers, this bar has the perfect vibe if you are looking to have fun and party in a casual, chill environment. Queen St. Warehouse offers a generous portion of food to soak up those kamikaze shooters. Alternatively, you can just keep those Tequila Sunrises coming. With draft beers and bottles from Guinness to Stella, Queen St. Warehouse is a great bar for a relaxed night with good friends (and a handful of fries).
Queen St. Warehouse, 232 Queen St W, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 647 344 7326
Looking for a ‘house party’ vibe, but don’t want to bother with party clean up? Apt. 200 is one of the newer bars along Queen West and has cool apartment-inspired decor. Set up with a pool table over a living room rug, a line of vintage arcade games on classic black-and-white kitchen tiles, and comfy couches with sports playing on a TV, Apt. 200 is the perfect place to hang out. The menu has a few select beers, but it’s their specialty cocktail that are a must-have drink. Apt. 200’s signature drink is the Cosmo T.O. – hibiscus vodka, Cointreau, lime and cranberry and… need we say more?
Apt. 200, 1034 Queen St W, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 357 1299
It’s all in the name. Food & Liquor is a Parkdale favorite to grab some great Asian-inspired snacks and local beers. Its rustic theme with exposed brick, high tables, and a patio covered with string lights give off a cozy vibe, perfect for a warm summer night. Snacks ranging from fresh peas in the pod to steak tartare go wonderfully with any in-house cocktails or wines. Locals love Food & Liquor for its selection of local beers, including Toronto-based brews such as Junction Conductor’s Ale and Hogtown Kolsch Ale.
Food & Liquor, 1610 Queen St W, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 647 748 7113
Inspired by the Dada art movement, The Bovine Sex Club façade is recognizable to any Torontonian. A front sign consisting of recycled bicycle parts prefaces what can be found on the inside, with a continuation of this edgy design. It perfectly complements the live music offered. Local artists from genres like rock, punk, metal, British pop, and more collaborate with The Bovine to give off that bold street edge Queen St. West needs. It’s a fun and exciting atmosphere when the night calls for some great live music. And because it’s the little things that matter, their long bar makes grabbing a drink easily accessible during the live shows.