The 10 Best Places To Get A Cocktail During TIFF 2017

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The Toronto International Film Festival is in full swing, and we’re rounding up the city’s top hot spots for food, drinks and celebrity spotting. And to make things a little easier for celeb gazing, we’ve chosen places that are all close to the action downtown.

Location of Brooklyn, shown in red, in New York CityWhich spot is your TIFF favourite? Located in the heart of Yorkville, La Societe is known for its 1920s Parisian bistro, complete with a big bar and two patios. You’ll find plenty of unique and delicious drinks on this cocktail menu thanks to mixologist Kyle Stefanto. One of our favourites is the Watermelon Julep.

Ultimately, La Societe is a popular spot for star gazing and people watching on Bloor Street West-perfect for TIFF! This is a popular spot in the trendy West Queen West neighbourhood. Owned by Top Chef contestant Vittorio Colacitti, this restaurant offers an intimate atmosphere. The menu focuses on Toronto’s multicultural and classic Canadian cuisine, while also using locally sourced ingredients.

Byblos is located right beside all the TIFF action at King and John.

We highly recommend their tasting menu which gives you a taste of four to six dishes. Just dropping in for a drink? Their cocktail menu also offers a new twist on old favourites. Byblos is located right beside all the TIFF action at King and John. This Mediterranean restaurant has such exquisite and unique flavours in their sharing dishes, making it perfect for group dining.

Mixologist Wes Galloway takes his cocktail craft seriously with Egyptian, Morrocan and Turkish flavours – there are always new additions to their cocktail menu but one of our favourites is the Gulab with pomegranate flavours! With its signature bright yellow marque doors on King West, Weslodge is a go-to after a screening.

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Their prohibition-style cocktail list has an emphasis on sweet and citrus. But what makes their cocktails so unique is homemade bitters, tonics and ice cubes they use to create the perfect drink experience. Patria is a Spanish tapas restaurant located right behind Weslodge on King Street West.

This cozy restaurant offers small and large tapas-style plates perfect for sharing with others after a show in the heart of the theatre district. Their cocktail menu is crafted by Elan Marks, who also oversees the cocktails at Weslodge and Storys. Located on the 51st floor of the Manulife Center at Bay and Bloor, The One Eighty (previously Panorama Lounge), offers a 180 degree view of the city.

Their menu features fresh, new takes on comfort dishes from culinary cuisines around the world, while their cocktail menu adds a burst of colour and flavour thanks to fresh herbs and flavoured liqueurs. The Thompson is one of the most exclusive, awe-inspiring patio lounges in the entire city, and there’s a reason it’s for members only.

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