It doesn’t matter if you’re a local or a tourist in Toronto for the weekend because there’s always something exciting and hip to do in Kensington Market. As one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, it offers tons of historical sites to see. It would be a mistake to visit Toronto and only spend a few hours here. Kensington Market boasts tons of cafes and restaurants, vintage boutiques, a thriving art community, and perhaps most important, unbelievable cocktail bars. What better way to chill after a long day of vintage shopping than with a fantastic drink at one of Toronto’s most exciting cocktail bars?
Bonafide is one of our favourites. With many amazing menu items and specialty cocktails, you can’t go wrong stopping here for a happy hour drink. It has a slightly more upscale vibe than some of the other bars on the list to add some elegance to your stay. They offer fun drinks like a twist on the Italian Aperol Spritz with egg whites and lemon juice. The reasonable prices and delicious food keep us coming back for more.
This casual cocktail bar is a great place to stop during the warmer months. The backyard patio is tucked away, which makes you feel like you’re at a friendly neighborhood barbecue. It has an eclectic hipster vibe with long wooden tables and funky wall décor. Known for its friendly staff, Asian inspired menu, and unique cocktails, Cold Tea in Kensington Market won’t disappoint.
Looking for live music and great drinks? The Handlebar has a relaxed atmosphere with live entertainment all week long. Though it doesn’t have a long list of specialty cocktails to choose from, its commitment to serving local beers, doing the classic cocktails perfectly, and supporting the local music scene put Handlebar in a league of its own. This is a fun laidback spot to come with a group of friends and round out a day in Kensington Market.
This intimate and cozy spot is great for anyone looking for a warm and relaxed atmosphere. They use locally sourced seasonal ingredients to build out unique food and cocktail menus. Both menus rotate often leaving you with a new experience every time you visit. Though it isn’t the place to go for crazy nightlife, its quirky charm and high-quality menus will keep you coming back for more date nights and nightcaps.
If you’re in the mood for light appetizers and delicious cocktails, look no further. With an outdoor patio for the warmer months, countless games to choose from, and live DJ nights, Socialite has everything you’d want in a nightlife destination. Whether you want a cozy atmosphere or you’re in the mood for a wild night of dancing, Socialiste’s got you covered.
Toronto’s Kensington Market has an overwhelming volume of cute cocktail spots to choose from. Whether you decide to embark on a bar crawl of all the places we’ve listed or choose one to experience fully for a night, we hope you can use our advice as a guide to know all the places worth checking out in Toronto’s liveliest neighborhood. For more tips on where to go in Toronto and Montreal, keep up with LFI’s blog!