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The 13 Best Whiskey Bars In Toronto, Canada

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Whiskey, with roots as early as the 13th century, has become a significant part of the cocktail culture, and with the rise in popularity of distilled spirits, bottlers are now using different grains, barrels and filtration techniques, increasing competition in a competitive market. Whether you’re a cocktail connoisseur on the hunt for a solid whiskey, or just a fan of the single malt, there’s no short of whiskey bars and cafes right here in Toronto – read on to discover the 13 best places to get your whiskey on.
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CC Lounge & Whiskey Bar

If you’re a straight shooter who prefers their whiskey neat, CC Lounge is the spot in Toronto to feed that appetite. From Canadian and American bourbons and whiskeys to Irish whiskeys and scotch, there’s plenty to choose from like Woodford Reserve, Basil Hayden’s, Oban and Blanton’s. With over 300 labels to choose from, making a choice can be quite difficult – opt for a whiskey flight instead, and experience the tastes of four different distillers.

CC Lounge & Whiskey Bar, 45 Front St E, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 362 4777

Get the weekend started early. Come by for our Happy Hour specials from 4-7:19pm!

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The Emmet Ray

At The Emmet Ray, the whiskey list is long. From Canadian, American, ryes and bourbon to international, Irish and single-malt or blended scotches, there’s plenty to choose from. If you’re feeling fancy, go for a ‘top shelf’ spirit – or, keep it simple and opt for the originals like Collingwood, Buffalo Trace or Knob Creek.

The Emmet Ray, 924 College St, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 792 4497

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The Caledonian

The Caledonian is Toronto’s answer to the best scotch in the city – the menu here is almost 18 pages long, boasting a long list of scotch whiskeys divided by regions in Scotland; Highlands, Speyside, Lowlands, Campbeltown, Islands and Islay. All of the scotches here are aged no less than three years in oak barrels, and the length of aging is listed next to each scotch along with a description of the nose, palate and finish, making it that much easier for guests to decide what they’re in the mood for. There’s also a number of blends and malts from other countries and scotch flights that are bound to have any scotch lover leave singing.

The Caledonian, 856 College St, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 647 547 9827

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Boxcar Social

Boxcar Social, serving Riverside and Summerhill, is a trendy spot that features coffee from some of the best roasters in North America along with a tasteful selection of wines, craft beers, bourbons, ryes and scotches. Bourbon and scotch selections are always rotating, most of which are small batch brands that only deliver in limited quantities (making it that much more desirable for the guests). Choose from names like Baker’s, 1792, Ardbeg and Stalk & Barrel. If you’re into pairing a bite with your spirit, don’t forget to order a charcuterie board.

Boxcar Social, 4 Boulton Ave, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 647 344 4530

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Bar Hop

Bar Hop may be known as the go-to spot for craft beer – but, they’ve got an impressive list of whiskeys as well. Choose from Canadian, American, Irish, bourbon, single malts and blended scotches; think Forty Creek Double Barrel Reserve, Lagavulin 16-year, Sazerac Rye 18-year and Blanton’s. Plus, what better way to have a bourbon than with a side of local craft beer?

Bar Hop, 137 Peter St, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 647 348 1137

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1602 Dundas West

1602 may be difficult to find, but this hidden gem is well worth the search. The vibe is cozy and the atmosphere casual – feel free to enjoy your spirit with ease. There are over 300 whiskeys and bourbons to choose from, so ‘ask and you shall receive.’ What could be easier than that?

1602 Dundas West, 1602 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 885 9298

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