Cocktail Bar Toronto

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Cocktail Bar has inventive cocktails served in a cozy, dark space with a chic, retro vibe & a seasonal patio. Yes, this bar is indeed called a Cocktail Bar. It is also known as Hoof Cocktail Bar. This Dundas St. W. establishment is well-known for its refined cocktails. Jen Agg (of Rhum Corner and Gray Gardens fame) has created a welcoming and lively environment in terms of drinks and atmosphere. Cocktail Bar is an elegant yet laid-back option for an after-work beverage or pre-dinner appetizer. Beer and wine are available, but you’d be remiss if you didn’t order a cocktail here. This is the owner’s take on what a cocktail bar should be: inventive and delicious drinks and a beautiful environment. 

Go by for Cocktail hours 5 – 7 every day and have any cocktail you want for $10! For any large group inquiries, please email them: at hoofcocktailbar@gmail.com! No reservations aside from that. Classic and modern libations, addictive bar snacks, and a beautiful environment. They have an impressive wine and beer list, but a cocktail is probably more appropriate. Cocktail Bar is one of Toronto’s best places to get, you guessed it, a cocktail and one of the most difficult to find on Google. It’s also notoriously under-advertised, with only a tiny sign in the window of the white-brick facade, but this only serves to pique patrons’ interest. Jen Agg runs three establishments on Dundas West, the other two of which are Black Hoof and Rhum Corner across the street. According to their website, Agg fans frequently spend entire evenings bouncing between the three. 

Beyond offering similarly compact, thoughtful menu options, they all have a signature feel: cozy, dark, candles flickering, and an antique feel to the bar, booths, and back bar where a glistening array of apothecary-like bottles and ingredients are stored. The exterior may be unremarkable, but curiosity is piqued by the joyful chatter and glow of lights emanating from the fenced-in patio on the side, a local favorite summer spot with a great atmosphere. However, beware, it now closes at 11. La Cuchilla ($14), a refreshing but bold and citrusy cocktail made with tequila, ancho Reyes, smoked paprika, lime, and chile, is garnished with a generous number of cucumber slices. Below the title of each cocktail is a brief history of its inspiration mentioned at the venue. One of the best ones was inspired by the Holland Razor Blade, invented in the 1930s.

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