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Toronto Happy Hour

March 7, 2019

When the hands of the watch finally tick over the limit, a multicultural mass of talent escapes offices, studios, colleges, infrastructure developments, and provincial buildings as Toronto Happy Hour begins—not a minute too soon, either.

Though truth be told, the term “happy hour” is officially illegal in Ontario — yep, you won’t see or hear it in any advertising or promotion. Ain’t that quaint? Still, there are deals to be had.

When you need a break, head over to the fun side. Here are our top picks for the best Toronto happy hour (oh no, we just said it again!).

cocktail - Toronto Happy Hour

Boehmer

Ossington Avenue (At Queen Street West)

Happy Hour: Every night, except Tuesday, from 4:30 pm to 6 pm.

Boehmer is a classy and creative space where each and every element has been carefully chosen and intentionally placed for a perfect experience, be it the food, the music, the décor, the motorcycle… (yes, there’s a motorcycle). The bar is set high by friendly and professional staff and superb fine-dining choices, not to mention flawless presentation.

Happy hour specials include $2 oysters, $5 pints (Hogtown Ale), and $9 glass of wine (Red or White). The hours will extend from 4 pm when the seasons have changed, and a warmer patio area opens up.

Chantecler - Toronto Happy Hour

Chantecler

Queen Street West

Happy Hour: Tuesday nights.

If you're after a romantic little hideaway with French roots and a cozy ambiance, then Chantecler is just the spot. Tuesdays are happy days, but any day is a joyful experience at this tiny eatery. Watching the construction of delectable cocktails is a mesmerizing experience, and most items on the menu are ‘shareable,' so date night is sorted!

 Tuesday night specials include buck-a-shuck oysters, and $1 an ounce deal for the wines.

John and Sons

Temperance Street

Happy Hour: Mondays to Fridays from 3 pm to 6 pm.

This timeless maritime pub describes itself as a neighbourhood oyster house which isn't “trying to challenge you.” The folks here just want you to have a nice time. John and Sons is about a fresh approach to life, and oysters are just the beginning. The seafood here is as delicious as the laughter among friends, and the pints aren't bad, either.

Happy hour specials include $2 oysters, $10 sparkling, and $6 pints.

Death and Taxes

Queen Street West

Happy Hour: Monday to Friday from 3 pm to 6 pm, and Sunday to Thursday from 1 am to 2 am.

Death and Taxes pub and restaurant is an awesome choice for Toronto Happy Hour, especially in the late night hours where casual acquaintances become real friends with lasting memories. Cocktails, pints, wines, and pizzas — what more do you need?

Happy hour specials include $4 pints (all draughts or casks), $8 cocktails (specifically, the Du Boudreau, the Oaxaca Old Fashioned, and the Penicillin), and $6 per 6 ounces of red and white wine. Thursdays up the game with 50 percent off bottles of wine and pizzas!

Ki Japanese

Bay Street

Happy Hour: Monday to Friday from 4 pm to 6 pm.

Ki translates to pure or raw, and this is what the Ki Japanese team has set out to achieve in its authentic hot dish and sushi bar.

Every weekday from 4 pm to 6 pm, Ki is packed with regulars enjoying the antics of the sushi chefs and the buzz of happy downtown diners.

Thursdays are particularly popular for the added $10 Izakaya snacks, like the beef sukiyaki mini tacos and the delectable seven-spice butterfish skewers.

Kanpai! Cheers, Toronto!

Happy hour specials include $9 wines, a $5 glass of Sapporo, and the $10 Izakaya snacks.

Ki - Toronto Happy Hour

Bar Buca

Portland Street and Eglinton Avenue

Happy Hour: Monday to Friday from 4 pm to 7 pm on Portland (6 pm on Eglinton).

Bar Buca is an Italian-inspired joint complete with dramatic expressions and generous cuisine. Bar Buca prides itself in its innovative aperitivo (which “opens up” the appetite) – small snacks served with an alcoholic beverage before a main meal. Two locations in Toronto give Bar Buca a unique twist and a bit of variety in its customer base, too.

At the Portland Buca, there are weekday apertivi available for $10, between 4 pm and 7 pm; guests can choose from a list of warm or cold dishes paired with a cocktail, wine or beer. Combined with the seasonal cocktails and other specials on the menu, these make for a delicious happy-hour experience, and you won't need any convincing to stay on for the main course.

In the Eglinton Buca, the uptowners enjoy hand-crafted cocktails, with complementary cichetti and antipasti available at the front bar. This social time is a laid-back take on happy hour, well-suited to the quieter location. This happy hour is all about the fresh pairings with seasonal ingredients, and refreshing, unique cocktails.

Happy hour specials include $10 apertivi expertly paired with seasonal cocktails, amaros, vermouth, and barrel-aged cocktails.

Locale Mercatto

mercatto - Toronto Happy Hour

Bay Street

Happy Hour: Monday to Friday from 3 pm to 7 pm, and Saturday from 5 pm to closing.

This popular downtown chain now has several locations around Toronto and aims to provide a friendly milieu with Italian-inspired cuisine. Locale Mercatto at Bay and Richmond really lets loose on Saturday nights with Happy Hour specials running from 5 pm until closing time.

Happy hour specials include: $5 Negroni, featured cocktails on tap (try the new Vodka Blackberry Fizz), Estrella beer, red and white wine.

Ufficio

Dundas Street West

Happy Hour: $1 oysters on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

A pescatarian-focused Italian restaurant, Ufficio is all about the flavour. Fresh ingredients and a friendly team assure guests of a lavish night with top-notch hospitality and mouth-watering dishes alongside the impressive drinks on tap. Flight night runs every Monday — for wine tastings, tasty cicchetti (small plates) and great fun, too.

Happy hour specials include $1 oysters on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Drake Mini Bar

York Street

Happy Hour: Daily specials, Monday to Saturday.

Drake Mini Bar is all about the same arts and culture, food and wine, and great conversation kind of vibe that all the Drake properties are known for. But Mini has an even cozier “hotel lobby” feel that’s spot on for hiding away and indulging in a little refresher. The cocktails and wine lists are top-notch.

Happy hour specials include: There are daily specials on Drake Dime cocktails ($10), and the Mini Bar offers 50 percent specials on bottles of wine every Saturday.

Drake - Toronto Happy Hour

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