The Parkdale Cocktail Trail
To call Parkdale a colourful and storied neighbourhood would be an understatement. Once an enclave for the Toronto's high society, Parkdale is now a mainly working class residential neighbourhood. But the ghosts of Parkdale's well-heeled past still live on in glimpses of its regal architecture. At its core, the major artery of Queen Street West takes centre stage with busy sidewalks lined by shops, groceries, global food shops and knick-knack stores. (Watch for trusty TTC streetcar #501.) But more and more over the past 10 years, the 1.5-kilometre stretch from Dufferin to Roncesvalles is chock full of small independent restaurants, cafes, bars and, of course, art galleries. Not to mention a brewpub and some of the city’s best BBQ. For creative cocktails and not-your-usual wine lists, Parkdale is the place—it’s action-packed and full of life. And the people watching is almost as much fun as the drinking and eating. (But not quite...)
We'll meet at the edge of Parkdale and begin our journey into the heart of this emerging and always exciting neighbourhood. We'll visit some of Toronto's most intriguing and famous cocktail bars, new, old and up-and-coming. This is an easy walk, about a km (or half a mile) from beginning to end, with 6 stops along the way. Note: The exact meeting point will be sent to you along with your booking confirmation.
What's going to happen...
- Exclusive access — no lineups, your seat is waiting, and so is your drink! — to Toronto’s hottest cocktail bars and restaurants
- You'll meet the bartenders, chefs and owners and hear their stories
- You'll get generous sample drinks expertly paired with delicious bites
- Never look like a tourist! With our small groups (10 or less) you'll look like your drinking with friends
- Visits to five of Toronto’s best bars and restaurants
- An easy walk — about 1 km or half a mile from start to finish
- Less than five minutes walk between each stop
- An expert and fun loving guide who knows everything about Parkdale (and some secrets…)
Need to know
- Cut-off time for tour bookings is 11:59 pm the night before a tour.
- The exact meeting location will be sent with your emailed booking confirmation.
- The starting point is easy to get to by foot, cab or transit/TTC — and there are shops and cafes nearby to keep you busy in case you arrive early.
- Samples will vary (our bartenders are incredibly inventive and like to keep things interesting), but expect a tasty 2 to 4 ounce cocktail at each stop
- Every drink will be beautifully paired with a food item that represents the character and style of the place — you’ll find out more on the spot!
- You’ll get a crash course in what makes Parkdale such an attractive destination for emerging bartenders and chefs
Notes to make your tour fantastic
- You will be walking! Comfortable shoes are recommended. Sidewalks can’t be trusted (that is, watch out for tripping hazards!)
- Including our meeting places, you will visit six outstanding places each one just a few minutes walk apart.
- Photos and questions are encouraged! Please show your love to our hospitality partners by tagging them in your photos (all social media handles will be provided before your tour begins). And don’t forget us at #sipwalkrepeat and @drinktotours
- Feel free to ask our guide anything! We want to help you have the best time in Toronto. Need recommendations for things to do, places to eat or drink, etc.? Ask away!
- We cannot guarantee that cross-contamination of ingredients will not occur. (So if you have a severe allergy, it might be best to take pass on our tours.)
- All of our partners use common allergens such as (but not limited to): meat, seafood/shellfish, nuts, gluten, soy, wheat, mushrooms, tree nuts, peanuts, milk, eggs.
- We will do our best to accommodate special requests but please make these requests at the time of booking or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- While we love our vegan friends, we can’t accommodate them at every stop, but we will do our best with advanced notice.
- Maybe this goes without saying, but it's the law: All participants need to be at least 19 years of age.