Toronto’s best happy hours and specials
It's 2020 and the stress is already building up, right? K, take a break — maybe skip out on that lame meeting and get yourself a sharpener at one of our favourite spots. (In alphabetical order just because.)
Bar Volo 17 St. Nicholas St.
Wednesdays 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. $10 wines served by the glass + 1/2 price for the bottle.
From 4 p.m.: $1 oysters and 1/2 price bottles of select wines. (Ya gotta by a bottle to get the buck-a-shuck.) Get the full list of Oliver & Bonacini buck-a-shuck deals.
Boehmer 93 Ossington Ave.
Buck-a-shuck, $25 whole lobster and all wine list bottles at 1/2 price.
Craft Beer Market 1 Adelaide St. E.
$4 house beer! Holy crap! Daily happy hour from 2 to 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. till close. And all day Sunday. But there's more than beer: $5 highballs, rotating handles, Moscow mules, house wines and shot of the day. Plus: $6 bubbles and passion fruit Palomas.
CRU 100 Yonge St.
Monday to Friday
Social Hour runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the dining bar. Tuesday is our favourite: buck-a-shuck and CRU draft beer and selected wines by the glass for $6.
The Drake (three locations)
All the Drake properties — Drake Hotel, Drake Mini Bar, Drake 150 — host Afternoon Delights from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. every day: $5 house wine and mixed drinks, $10 cocktails and $5 snacks (like fish cakes, house-cut fries, and nonna's meatball slider).
Favorites 141 Ossington Ave.
Sundays to Wednesdays
$5 Fizzy — aka, a $5 glass of sparkling after 9 p.m.
General Assembly Pizza 331 Adelaide St. W.
Monday to Friday
From 3 to 6 p.m.: pints of beer, cocktails on tap and 5-ounce pours of Ontario VQA wine (also on tap!) for $6.
John & Sons 56 Temperance St.
Monday to Friday
Oyster Happy Hour from 3 to 6 p.m.: $2 oysters and $10 sparkling wine.
Ki 181 Bay St.
Kampai Cocktail Hour from 4 to 6 p.m.: $6 Sapporo draft and $9 glasses of wine. On Thursdays, add $10 signature cocktails.
Melrose on Adelaide 270 Adelaide St. W.
From 4 to 7 p.m.: $5 draught beer, $7 house red/white/bubbles, $9 cocktails (bartender's choice), $20 house charcuterie. Wednesdays: 1/2 price wine bottles (house choice). Sundays: Buck-a-shuck oysters and deals on bubbles.
Montecito 299 Adelaide St. W.
Thursday + others
Let's Sea Thursdays: $1 oysters with the purchase of any bottle of wine in the By The Glass wine lounge on the second floor. Other great specials almost every day.
Nice Nice 269 Dunn Ave.
Bottles of wine 1/2 off from midnight to 1:30 a.m. every day (limit: one bottle per table). (That's night time, people!)
Northern Maverick 115 Bathurst St.
Thursday 4 to 6:30 p.m. $5 lager, Tullamore Dew and snacks + $1/oz house wines.
Saturday 4 p.m. to close 1/2 price wine by the bottle.
Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5 lager or mimosa. Buck-a-shuck oysters 4 p.m. to late.
Paris Paris 1161 Dundas St. W.
Monday to Thursday
1/2 bottles of wine from noon to 4 p.m.
Bar Raval 505 College St. W.
$5 glasses of cava after midnight.
The Shore Club 155 Wellington St. W.
Low Tide is TSC's answer to happy hour. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight every day and all night Saturday in the lounge (not the restaurant): $1 oysters and $2 prawns; $8 and $10 glasses of wine; $6 beer.
Ufficio 1214 Dundas St. W.
Tuesday and Wednesday
Buck-a-shuck oysters (not available during Winterlicious, so wait until Feb. 18 and on....)
Victor at Le Germain 30 Mercer St.
1/2 price wine at the restaurant (not the lounge) on Fridays.
Walrus 187 Bay St.
A drink feature every day. Our favourites: 1/2 price bottles of wine on Mondays and $10 R&D cocktails — in development by the bar team — on Thursdays.