9 Memorable Winter Food and Drink Experiences in Toronto

These food and drink spots in the city are perfect for escaping the winter blues

There’s nothing like warming up on a frigid February evening with a hot meal and a nicely poured pint. Lucky for you, Toronto is teeming with eclectic dining experiences all year round. Take a look through our list of this season’s best food and drink experiences in Toronto.

Get Your Beach On at The Shameful Tiki Room

This winter, escape from the cold outdoors and step into this Hawaiian heaven. The Shameful Tiki Room offers an extensive exotic drink menu accompanied by tropical tasting starters & entrees.

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Read a Book at the Famous Last Words Bar

Get your reading glasses ready and don’t forget your bookmark! This literacy themed watering hole is full of literature. It’s like being in a library with no quiet zones. The menu has an arrangement of book themed cocktails, shooters, and much more. This is definitely the perfect place for lovers of literature.


Take a Tour at a Local Brewery

Steam Whistle Brewing, Amsterdam Brewery, and Mill Street Brewery all offer behind-the-scene tours. Amsterdam Brewery offers free tours during certain time slots, while most come with a small admission fee. This is a great idea for a Saturday afternoon or even an after-work shindig. Also, free beer samples are usually offered at these tours and that’s always a plus.


Where Your Parka Inside at the CHILL Ice House

This ice lounge is the coolest place around (literally). CHILL Ice House is Toronto’s only ice lounge designed and furnished entirely of ice, including the glass you drink from. The ice lounge is set to -5 degrees to keep everything nice and CHILL. This frosty hangout spot specializes in premium spirits, featured cocktails, local brews, wine and non-alcoholic selections. Be sure to check it out, they even offer discounts for groups!

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Experience Toronto Cuisine with Winterlicious

From January 27th to February 9th you can take part in this yearly celebration of Toronto eating. Restaurants all over the city have signed up to take part, offering you the opportunity to enjoy the best of the best for a lower price!


Get Your Dice Rolling at a Board Game Cafe

The mix between casual snacks, sandwiches, hot and cold refreshments and, of course, board games galore is refreshing and fun for all ages. A-Game Cafe on Queen West offers a strictly cafe-style menu, while Snakes and Lattes and Snakes and Lagers both offer a drink menu – Snakes and Lattes even offers brunch! The best part about board game cafes is there is little effort involved in carrying on conversations – just put a sweet game in front of you and anyone can have a good time.

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Sip on a Cocktail by the Fire

Unless you’ve scored an apartment in a century home, most of us live in Toronto without the luxury of a warm fireplace. However, a lot of bars in the city offer a spot next to a fireplace, including Famous Last Words, Cocktail Bar on Dundas West, The Drake, Little Italy’s No One Writes to the Colonel, and Front Street’s C’est What. Know a good one? Drop it in the comment section below.

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Enjoy A Winter Patio Season with Toronto’s Heated Patios

Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean patio season isn’t alive! This is the perfect way to skip long lines while enjoying the outdoors. Big Crow (Dupont), Cafe Belong (Bayview), Cold Tea (Kensington), and Sky Yard (Queen West) are among a few of the Toronto’s restaurants that offer heated patios through the winter. Checkout a bigger list of heated patios here.

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Join a Sunday Roast Beef Dinner

If you can’t make it home for Sunday dinner, don’t you worry! These Toronto Pubs have replaced mother’s meals across the city with their roast beef Sunday Dinners: The Oxley (Yorkville), The Borough (the Danforth), House on Parliament (Cabbagetown), and the Feathers Pub (Upper Beaches).