The best drink specials in Toronto are found at bars and restaurants that gracefully make premium, delicious libations more accessible with the simple drop of a sidewalk chalkboard. Three-dollar pedestrian bottles and cheap rail drinks abound across the city, but craft creations are a rarer breed. So we mapped out a constellation of the best premium drink specials available across the city for each night of the week.
Every Sunday The Only Café offers 24 taps and a cask of craft draught at $5 after 5pm, Bar Hop’s Session Sundays mean select regional brews are $5 all day, and Globe Bistro, stocking an award winning selection of vino from Ontario vineyards, offers bottles of wine at half price.
Mondays are hard, but there are plenty of sympathetic watering holes all across the city offering craft beer specials that’ll turn your Garfield memes on their heads. Queen West pub the Dog and Bear has $10 pitchers of Steamwhistle and Mill Street on hand, Bier Markt’s location on The Esplanade will fill Bavarian glass boot for $7, and King West sausage hall WVRST couples its wieners with $5 glasses of Ontario craft.
Böehmer supplies the Ossington strip with one of its finest dining experiences, and on Tuesday nights they sweeten the pot with half-priced bottles of wine. Over on Adelaide, Montecito offers $20 carafes of craft cocktails after 5pm in its brasserie and patio, and $10 gets you a tall can of Woodhouse lager and a shot of Jameson at Handlebar.
Amsterdam BrewHouse’s Wednesday Night Addiction means you can find a boost climbing over that mid-week hump with a complimentary sample of a different house brew every week, and over on John St. The Office Pub has $5 pints of local craft beer on tap all day. Montecito also celebrates Wine Wednesdays with half price bottles.
Thursdays are the new Fridays at Queen and Spadina dive Wide Open, where all drinks are $2.75 between 4pm and 8pm, and you’ll still manage to find some local brews amongst domestic bottles and bar rail mixes. For just a dollar more, High Park watering hole The Bar With No Name takes care of locals with $3.75 tall boys from the likes of Collective Arts, Side Launch and Wellington Brewery all night.
With so much demand for a break from the grind, premium drink deals tend to disappear nearly all across the city by the time Friday night comes around, so at Queen and Roncesvalles, Korean snack bar Nine Restaurant and Tapas Bar is a shining star, offering its signature Somec Hurricane cocktails at just five bucks alongside a list of inspired tapas.
Ah, Saturday drink specials – the rarest breed of the daily drink special variety. By this point, Friday has passed by, brunch caesars have knocked out your hangover, and you’ve come to the sobering realization that weeknights are right around the corner again, so few bars and restaurants have any incentive to hock you sauce at a slashed rate. But if you look close enough you can find it. Every Saturday Dundas West institution The Lakeview gives back to the community that’s housed it since 1932 with $4 pints of Mill Street Organic Lager and Cobblestone Stout.
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