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Best Bar Snacks in Toronto

October 29, 2018

A booming city on the shores of Lake Ontario, Toronto is not only the largest city in Canada but one of its most captivating destinations.  The city hosts an eclectic mix of long-standing and modern architecture which speaks to its rich history and proud heritage.  A thriving economy hints at the taste for the finer things in life shared by its fascinating citizenry, and Toronto’s entertainment is top notch too.

Lifelong friends are forged during the nights that turn into mornings, and Toronto’s nightlife provides a platform for great memories to be made.  And bar snacks easily complement these agreeable occasions! A plate of mouth-watering cuisine done right certainly rounds off a night out with a perfect drink pairing and great company.

The best bar snacks in Toronto are… (drumroll, please!)

The Scotch Egg

A sister pub to The Queen & Beaver Public House, The Oxley and The Wickson Social, this friendly establishment prides itself on its old-fashioned values and hearty food with a non-pretentious, modern flair. 

For its classic side, the Scotch Egg, the kitchen uses fresh organic eggs straight from the farm.  As tradition dictates for a ‘Picnic’ snack, it is served cold.

Interestingly, the Scotch Egg is not Scottish at all.  It was apparently invented centuries ago by Fortnum and Mason in England. The sausage encasing a boiled egg is coated in breadcrumbs and gives the taste buds a slight kick.   

The yolk of an egg dulls most wines, and with a customary dab of HP sauce, no wine will go near it.  

scotch egg - best bar snacks in Toronto

We recommend a good IPA instead.  For beer drinkers, the stronger hops flavour is a good marriage with the sausage.

Oysters and Frites

Böehmer

$2 oysters during Happy Hour

$9.50 frites

This classy venue is geared towards bringing its patrons a perfect dining experience every time.  The house-cut fries are amazingly tasty - a savoury, salty, and generous experience to please any seasoned foodie.  Throw in a couple of fresh oysters on the back of a Hogtown ale or the night’s wine special, and Bob’s your uncle - a perfect bar snack!

Boehmer hosts their Happy Hour on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from 4:30 to 6 pm.   

  • Oysters, $2
  • Hogtown Ale Pint, $5
  • Featured red or white wine (per glass), $9

Salmon Collars

LBS

$4 during Happy Hour

salmon collars - best bar snacks in Toronto

The hottest thing on Yonge Street, this green establishment is all about sustainability, which makes the impressive range of seafood compilations even more appealing.

The Salmon Collars are an awesome happy-hour deal at $4 a piece (usually priced between $10 and $15 depending on the size and the fish).

This delicious morsel is served with miso caramel and is available on top of a fantastic beverage list from 3 to 6pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Happy hour drinks:

  • Draft beer $5,
  • Bar rail spirits $5,
  • Martini (Vodka or Gin) $10
  • Rotating wines (sparkling, red, white, rosé, by the glass) $8 (6 oz) and $12 (9 oz)

Steak Tartare

Archive

$13

A trendy wine bar on Dundas Street West, Archive makes a mean steak tartare.  Expertly cut from the freshest ingredients, it’s a delicious addition to a night on the town.  The generous portions are a nice surprise too! Pair this tasty dish with one of many wines available at Archive. If you're having trouble choosing from the expansive wine list, the friendly staff is more than happy to help you select one from their wide assortment of global options.

East Coast Oysters

Ufficio

$15

This restaurant is at the top of their game, although this should not come as much of a surprise when their resident genius is the beautiful Chef Ivana Raca.  The East Coast Oysters are sublime.  Pair half a dozen oysters with a sparkling glass of Prosecco, and you’ve got a winner.

This special is available from Tuesday to Thursday between 6 and 8 pm.

French onion soup

Chantecler

$6 - $12

Succulence. Excellence. Elegance.  Chantecler lives up to its motto in leaps and bounds.  It wouldn’t be a stretch to say their French onion soup is simply the best in the world.

The chef takes days to make this superb flavourful broth just right.  It's carefully reduced and expertly seasoned brimming with umami perfection. 

Pair it with a sherry and lose yourself for a little while.

$6 for snack size; $12 for large (You’ll want to order the large).

It is well worth checking out the rest of the menu here too.  Délicieux!

french onion soup - best bar snacks in Toronto

Charred Shishito Peppers and Fried Chicken Bits

Walrus

$3 - $14

This chic establishment is all about the ambience.  It showcases fine musical taste to match its wonderful selection of food and beverages.  Part of Toronto’s Financial District entertainment scene, it caters to savvy professionals and party-goers alike. 

The Walrus is proud of its modern design and “unapologetically strong” adult beverages. It even boasts a stunning Martini Bar known as the Ivory Room.  Why not take advantage of the milieu and the bar snacks? It houses quality all around.

  • Fried Chicken Bits are $14
  • Charred Shishito Peppers are $3

Bacon popcorn

All about the beer, this sprawling 400-seat brewhouse offers much more than loyalty to local lagers and a kick-ass tasting menu.  The Bacon Popcorn is fresh popped corn smothered in huge chunks of house-cured bacon, for example.  It is a delicious pairing with the house lager – a Handcrafted Vienna Lager.

Anything from the Snacks and Bites Menu

the oxley - best bar snacks in Toronto

In good old British tradition, The Oxley Public House provides its loyal patronage with authentic hospitality and belly-warming food and beverages. There’s nothing on offer at The Oxley you’d regret ordering.  It’s a rare and treasured quality we hope is here to stay. 

Try any of the following at $6 each:

  • the scotch egg
  • a bag of crisps
  • dry roasted nuts
  • Welsh rabbit

Have you tried any of these delicious bar snacks?

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