Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Toronto

Ultra
A stylish supper club with one of the finest al fresco patios in the city, Ultra has Toronto's coolest cocktail-swillers flocking.
South of Temperance
Negotiating your way to the bar during peak times is about as fun as airport security, but currently this after-work spot is hot with the corporate crowd.
The Beaconsfield
If you like your bars pretty, this one's picture-perfect.
Dakota Tavern
It's only been open since 2006, but this live music bar is already a solid gold institution.
Pravdka Vodka
Pravda - a Slavic word for 'truth' - was the title of the Soviet Union's communist newspaper. This vodka bar on the edge of the business district takes the Russian theme and runs, vaults and flips with it.
Brassaii
Gustav Brassaï (note the spelling) was a Hungarian photographer famous for his Parisian cityscapes. Curiously, this establishment chose his name but can't use his correct spelling due to legal reasons.
Hemingways
There's a delicious incongruence about this Kiwi pub with its gaudy flags and banners being slap-bang in the middle of the socialite district.
Sky Yard
Like a bona fide A-lister, it's easy to be nice when you're on top of the pile - and this delightfully sassy bar must have vertigo.
Sweaty Betty’s
This cluttered nook attracts a misfit parade of artsy, bookish types of unannounced sexuality and longhaired tattooed folk of indeterminate age.
Consort Bar
If you want a quiet, grown-up drink, with no nubile distractions or threat of impromptu dancing, then sashay right in here my friend.
Barchef
This is the inner-sanctum of Toronto's cocktail culture, where a drink's not a drink, it's 'an experience'.
Camp 4
One of the most recent fun-size bars to open in this area, Camp 4 is packed to the rafters with young vintage-wearing hipsters.
Czehoski
A deli-cum-restaurant/bar, Czehoski packs 'em in with a a wide range of beer on tap and quirky vintage furnishings aplenty.
The Ossington
There is the only bar on Ossington that passes the cat-swinging test.
Thompson Rooftop Bar
Word of warning: at the time of writing you needed to be a hotel guest to gain access, but this stunning rooftop bar boasts a proposal-worthy panorama.
The Roof Lounge
Locals love this petite bar for its classic feel; old-world Europeans will like it for its uninterrupted view of the city.
Real Sports Bar
Much like locating the candy store right next to the kid, a sports bar in Maple Leaf Square - the epicentre of Toronto's sports district - was never going to have difficulty with passing trade.
Spice Route
Not only does Spice Route have a hot location on ultra-cool King Street West, it's easily the most exotic-looking venue on the strip: plumes of fire, wood and lots of foliage.
Reposado
'Tonight: Crap margaritas, bad service, stale tunes and the ugliest half-Asians on Ossington. Kapow!' So reads the chalkboard outside.
Communist’s Daughter
It's easy to walk straight past this teeny-tiny bar that looks like a thrift store.
La Perla

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