TasteToronto | The Best Speakeasies and Hidden Bars in Toronto

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website.

View our Privacy Policy

TasteToronto Logo

Guides / Spots

The Best Speakeasies and Hidden Bars in Toronto

The Best Speakeasies and Hidden Bars in Toronto

The Best Speakeasies and Hidden Bars in Toronto

Discovering something unexpected is always an exhilarating feeling -- especially if it leads to a stiff drink and a curated bar menu. Toronto has a handful of hidden speakeasies and bars -- some a better kept secret than others. So whether you're looking for a secluded spot to take a date or a neighbourhood watering hole to unwind with friends, there's something for everyone. Here are some of our favourite hidden spots for libations across Toronto.

Rankings determined by you!

The order of the results in our guides are solely determined by our users.

1

214 King St W

Hotel À Toi

Hotel À Toi

As if this King West spot couldn't get any more lively. After a few too many glasses of bubbly, let your waiter know you want to continue the fun at Hotel A Toi -- Coffee Oysters Champagne's speakeasy hidden behind a room lined with champagne bottles. Inside there is an entirely separate menu of food and cocktails to enjoy -- but be wary -- no photos are allowed inside so you'll just have to visit yourself to see what it's all about.

2

89-B Ossington Ave

The Gift Shop

The Gift Shop

Situated behind Barber and Co. on the ever-hip Ossington strip, The Gift Shop serves up whisky and cocktails in a cozy environment. Make sure to get there early to ensure you snag a spot and say hi to the mannequin at the front of the store.

3

503 College St

LoPan

LoPan

Located above Little Italy's DaiLo, the secretive cocktail bar -- adorned with bird cages on the ceiling -- serves a bar menu with Asian and French influences.

4

60 Kensington Ave

Cold Tea

Cold Tea

The go-to "hidden" speakeasy of Toronto may no longer be a well kept secret but it is still a staple for excellent cocktails in Kensington Market. Hidden within a nondescript mall, the spot references local jargon of serving underage patrons beer in teapots -- a common practice in certain Chinatown restaurants.

5

1468 Dundas St W

Cry Baby Gallery

Cry Baby Gallery

This recently-opened, prohibition-esque bar is tucked away behind an art gallery on Dundas West. The spot offers an impressive list of cocktails, with a low-key vibe.

6

2952 Dundas St W

Hush Hush

Hush Hush

This new speakeasy in the Junction is hidden behind a concrete storefront with simple convenience goods inside. Once you pass the freezer doors, you finally enter the bar space where you'll be dazzled by the many neon pieces (which are actually for sale). They serve bar snacks that won't break the bank (dollar patties and five dollar hot dogs) and signature cocktails (all are $15).

7

1047 Gerrard St E

The Vatican Gift Shop

The Vatican Gift Shop

This Leslieville spot is found behind a storefront filled with religious accessories but once you go past the door, you enter a spacious room where you can get pizza, beer and cocktails. There is also an area for live music so this is a great spot for some food, drink and music. 

8

1276 Dundas St W

Mahjong Bar

Mahjong Bar

You can access this speakeasy behind a curtain in a dim neon-lit convenience store, and once inside, you'll be greeted with a spacious area with ample seating, Asian-inspired cocktails and the standard selection of beer and wine. The space in the back also transforms into a dance floor later in the night.

9

488 Wellington St W

The Cloak Bar

The Cloak Bar

Tucked away in Marben, you can access this speakeasy by finding the doorway with the neon sign and heading down some steps. From there you'll find yourself in a refined yet relaxed setting with skillfully executed cocktails.

The Best Speakeasies and Hidden Bars in Toronto

Guides / Spots

about 1 month ago

The Best Speakeasies and Hidden Bars in Toronto

Amy Zhu

Amy Zhu

Group Created with Sketch.

Discovering something unexpected is always an exhilarating feeling -- especially if it leads to a stiff drink and a curated bar menu. Toronto has a handful of hidden speakeasies and bars -- some a better kept secret than others. So whether you're looking for a secluded spot to take a date or a neighbourhood watering hole to unwind with friends, there's something for everyone. Here are some of our favourite hidden spots for libations across Toronto.

1

214 King St W

Hotel À Toi

Hotel À Toi

As if this King West spot couldn't get any more lively. After a few too many glasses of bubbly, let your waiter know you want to continue the fun at Hotel A Toi -- Coffee Oysters Champagne's speakeasy hidden behind a room lined with champagne bottles. Inside there is an entirely separate menu of food and cocktails to enjoy -- but be wary -- no photos are allowed inside so you'll just have to visit yourself to see what it's all about.

2

89-B Ossington Ave

The Gift Shop

The Gift Shop

Situated behind Barber and Co. on the ever-hip Ossington strip, The Gift Shop serves up whisky and cocktails in a cozy environment. Make sure to get there early to ensure you snag a spot and say hi to the mannequin at the front of the store.

3

503 College St

LoPan

LoPan

Located above Little Italy's DaiLo, the secretive cocktail bar -- adorned with bird cages on the ceiling -- serves a bar menu with Asian and French influences.

4

60 Kensington Ave

Cold Tea

Cold Tea

The go-to "hidden" speakeasy of Toronto may no longer be a well kept secret but it is still a staple for excellent cocktails in Kensington Market. Hidden within a nondescript mall, the spot references local jargon of serving underage patrons beer in teapots -- a common practice in certain Chinatown restaurants.

5

1468 Dundas St W

Cry Baby Gallery

Cry Baby Gallery

This recently-opened, prohibition-esque bar is tucked away behind an art gallery on Dundas West. The spot offers an impressive list of cocktails, with a low-key vibe.

6

2952 Dundas St W

Hush Hush

Hush Hush

This new speakeasy in the Junction is hidden behind a concrete storefront with simple convenience goods inside. Once you pass the freezer doors, you finally enter the bar space where you'll be dazzled by the many neon pieces (which are actually for sale). They serve bar snacks that won't break the bank (dollar patties and five dollar hot dogs) and signature cocktails (all are $15).

7

1047 Gerrard St E

The Vatican Gift Shop

The Vatican Gift Shop

This Leslieville spot is found behind a storefront filled with religious accessories but once you go past the door, you enter a spacious room where you can get pizza, beer and cocktails. There is also an area for live music so this is a great spot for some food, drink and music. 

8

1276 Dundas St W

Mahjong Bar

Mahjong Bar

You can access this speakeasy behind a curtain in a dim neon-lit convenience store, and once inside, you'll be greeted with a spacious area with ample seating, Asian-inspired cocktails and the standard selection of beer and wine. The space in the back also transforms into a dance floor later in the night.

9

488 Wellington St W

The Cloak Bar

The Cloak Bar

Tucked away in Marben, you can access this speakeasy by finding the doorway with the neon sign and heading down some steps. From there you'll find yourself in a refined yet relaxed setting with skillfully executed cocktails.