Summer is a season worth savoring — especially on Canada’s East Coast where winters are ruthless. Luckily, Tiki bars have popped up across Toronto in recent years, and locals and visitors can find solace through tropical eats, drinks and positive vibes no matter the season.
Here are three Tiki bars heating up the 6ix all year round.
For a modern look at what tiki bars can achieve in an urban setting, pop into Miss Thing’s on the city’s west end. The bar’s drink and food menus channel the best of Asian, Tiki and Caribbean culture with approachable cocktails like the Electric Banana and Caribbean Queen, and food such as a tangy Pineapple Fried Rice.
Dine here and punch up your Instagram feed with some tropical flare.
Parkdale’s Shameful Tiki will immediately transport you into a different time and space upon arrival. From tropical music, original decor and reasonably priced offerings, the bar packs a ton of personality.
Shameful Tiki prides itself on an impressive exotic drink menu that offers guests an over-the-top experience. If you find yourself in The Shameful Tiki Room with friends, try one of their unique sharing bowls: Mystery Bowl for two people, Volcano Bowl for four people or if you’re in a crowd, the Voodoo Bowl for four or more.
In the craft beer-driven neighborhood of Danforth, you’ll find The Shore Leave, a favorite hangout with an untraditional approach to Tiki culture. Co-owner, Zach Littlejohn and his partners were inspired to create a comfortable, everyday environment for their guests with an eclectic drink menu, dim lighting, diverse playlist, board games and artwork by local artists.
If you want to take a quick trip to paradise, order the Domestic Dispute or the Gin Vin Mule.
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