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Toronto’s best happy hours and specials

February 8, 2020

The Shore Club
The Shore Club

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.

Biff's Bistro  
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.
Every day
$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)
Every day
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.
Every day
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.
Every day
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.
Every day
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.
Every day
$5 glasses of cava after midnight.

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The Shore Club  155 Wellington St. W.
Every day 
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.
Every day
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.