Published on September 8th, 2017 | by Miriam Porter
Best Places to Get Mocktails in Toronto.
Whether you are the designated driver, don’t consume alcohol or simply want to try a refreshing, spiffed up, non-alcoholic cocktail, this list of Toronto’s best mocktails is for you.
Put on your best swanky mocktail outfit and head over to The Four Seasons Hotel located in Toronto’s trendy and upscale Yorkville neighbourhood. It’s here among the luxurious shopping and dining that you will find the trendy d|bar. It’s an elegant, street level lounge with a view of Yorkville Avenue, so you can people-watch through their six-metre-high windows while you sip your mocktail and munch on casual fare with a friend. Their current mocktail is called Not Normal (just ask for it as it’s not listed on their online menu) and features pear juice, ginger beer and cinnamon simple syrup.
Maple Leaf Tavern
Who needs alcohol when you have fresh fruit in a glass? This spirit-free cocktail appropriately called the Fruit Cup is loaded with fresh pineapple, orange, lime, pressed ginger, maldon salt, club soda and nutmeg. It’s so delicious and healthy you can drink two – and of course still drive home. Just head over to the newly redesigned Maple Leaf Tavern in east Toronto on Gerrard Street East to see for yourself. They reopened in the spring of 2016 after extensive renovations and transformed this historical hotel and dining room into a must-visit trendy tavern.
Drake One Fifty
The Drake One Fifty is located in the Financial District at York Street and Adelaide Street in an early 1980’s postmodern building, where you can dine on the street level patio or sit in a booth indoors with friends. The restaurant is known for its award-winning cocktails and the booze-less drinks live up to this reputation. So toast your friends into the night with mocktail options, such as Wanderlust, a carefully crafted beverage with grapefruit, lemon, cucumber, mint, peach and seltzer water, or the tasty Farmers Market Punch with apple, lemon, cherry and old fashioned bitters.
The Shameful Tiki Room
There is nothing shameful about enjoying a mocktail at The Shameful Tiki Room in Parkdale. This Toronto location is an extension of the popular Vancouver hot spot and boasts an extensive exotic drink menu extending to their mocktails. Sip on the appropriately named Designated Driver – it’s whipped to perfection with lime, cinnamon, orange, pineapple, bitters and soda. Or try the old classic Lime Rickey with lime, simple syrup, bitters and soda for a trip down memory lane. Either way you are in for a fun evening as you experience what it may have been like to visit a mid-century Tiki establishment complete with traditional music and decor.
ki Modern Japanese and Bar
For a fun Japanese experience, a visit to ki Modern Japanese and Bar in Brookfield Place is a must. Located in a popular Toronto architectural landmark in the Financial District, you will be dining among restored heritage buildings in the Bay Street and Wellington Street area. There are three modern mocktails to choose from at ki, including Fall Harvest, which features muddled blueberries, ginger and apple cider, and Momiji, made with Calpico, mango juice, muddled cloves and cinnamon. This casually elegant establishment is the perfect place to clink non-alcoholic glasses with your friends after work.
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