These Are the 50 Best Bars in Canada Right Now

Every year, Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants reveals its list of, well, it’s literally in the title.

This year, the team behind the definitive guide to Canada’s culinary scene decided to once again extend its expertise to the world of libations. Behold, the list of Canada’s 50 Best Bars.

“Our idea of a great bar starts with an atmospheric setting and an exceptional beverage program,” reads the guide’s introduction. “Great bars needn’t be chic or luxurious, but they must be comfortable retreats. The service should be hospitable; the atmosphere convivial. We are also keen to celebrate excellent wine bars and craft-beer destinations, both of which we believe have only served to elevate bar culture in Canada.”

Ok, enough reading – I know why you’re here.

The best bar in Canada is… Bar Raval! This Spanish-style gem of a space on the edge of Little Italy in Toronto was recognized for its eye-pleasing Gaudi-esque interior and outstanding Tinto Fino, “not to mention the food.” Indeed, the food must be mentioned.

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Here’s a closer look at the first two drinks from our ‘Placebo’ (non-alcoholic) section on the new cocktail menu. Meet “Floyd the Barber” and “Lake of Fire” — both contain multiple house made methods of preserving and repurposing ingredients, but most importantly taste delicious and adventurous. It’s nice to see so many bars evolve beyond the typical mocktail combo of sugar/juice/soda ? Tag a bar you’ve had an awesome drink at recently that had no alcohol in it! #thisisbarraval #littlebonesbvg #ovbinc . . . . . #placebo #placebococktail #mocktail #nonalcoholic #cocktailbar #cocktails #torontobars #torontonightlife #instadrinks #drinkstagram #cocktailhour #bar #drinks #thirsty #mixology #happyhour #photooftheday #craftcocktails #craftcocktail #cocktailkingdom #blogto #narcity #dailyhive #worldsbestbars

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Canada’s runner-up bar, meanwhile, is found in Vancouver – The Keefer Bar – while third-best goes to Toronto’s Civil Liberties. Toronto is again represented in the four spot through PrettyUgly, while Montreal hot spot Atwater Cocktail Club rounds out the top 5.

The top 50 bars in Canada below:

1. Bar Raval – Toronto, ON
2. The Keefer Bar – Vancouver, BC
3. Civil Liberties – Toronto, ON
4. PrettyUgly – Toronto, ON
5. Atwater Cocktail Club – Montreal, QC
6. ColdRoom – Montreal, QC
7. Maison CloakRoom – Montreal, QC
8. Proof – Calgary, AB
9. Botanist – Vancouver, BC
10. The Bar at Alo – Toronto, ON
11. El Pequeño – Montreal, QC
12. Gift Shop at Ossington – Toronto, ON
13. Clementine – Edmonton, AB
14. Nacarat – Montreal, QC
15. Prohibition – Vancouver, BC
16. The Diamond – Vancouver, BC
17. Lot Six Bar & Restaurant – Halifax, NS
18. The Shameful Tiki Room – Toronto, ON
18. The Shameful Tiki Room – Vancouver, BC
19. The Cocktail Bar – Toronto, ON
20. Bar Bricco – Edmonton, AB
21. Baijiu Bar – Edmonton, AB
22. Midfield Wine Bar & Tavern – Toronto, ON
23. BarChef – Toronto, ON
24. Nénuphar – Quebec City, QC
25. Paris Paris – Toronto, ON
26. 1608 – Quebec City, QC
27. Roost – Winnipeg, MB
28. StillWell Beer Bar – Halifax, NS
29. Chez Tao! – Quebec City, QC
30. Lobby Lounge – Vancouver, BC
31. Noble – Halifax, NS
32. Thirteen Pies Pizza + Bar – Saskatoon, SK
33. The Bar at Ayden – Saskatoon, SK
34. Le Royal – Montreal, QC
35. The Cocktail Bar at Hawksworth – Vancouver, BC
36. Five & Dime – Saint John, NB
37. Betty Lou’s Library – Calgary, AB
38. Soif Bar à vin – Gatineau, QC
39. Birreria Volo – Toronto, ON
40. Lopan – Toronto, ON
41. Le King Hall – Sherbrooke, QC
42. Burdock Brewer – Toronto, ON
43. Mahjong Bar – Toronto, ON
44. Bar Annabelle – Calgary, AB
45. Coffee Oysters Champagne / À Toi – Toronto, ON
46. The Cloak Bar – Toronto, ON
47. The Woodcutter’s Blanket – Whitehorse, YT
48. Milk Tiger Lounge – Calgary, AB
49. Grapes & Soda – Vancouver, BC
50. Luxus Lounge – St John’s, NL