While we at XY tend to focus on the urban lifestyle, we must acknowledge that some great drinking holes exist outside the 416. Herewith, the best of the ’burbs.
Ten Restaurant & Wine Bar
Deep red banquettes and soaring two-storey maroon walls create a lusty atmosphere, so head straight to the extra-long bar and find a dance-floor companion. Expect a mixed crowd of 30-year-olds seeking a slice of downtown without the commute. 139 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit, 905-271-0016.
Dirty Martini Bar & Resto Lounge
Find future Oakville MILFs decked out to the nines as they sip cocktails in this two-level lounge, replete with black lacquer wood panels and white leather seating. Weekends are a sure bet, but be mature: men must be 28 or older; women, 25. 2075 Winston Park Dr., Oakville, 905-829-8400.
On The Curve Hot Stove and Wine Bar
Follow the music past the secluded dining area and you’ll discover a dance floor bumping with professionals and creative types letting loose. On Wednesdays, enjoy complimentary salsa lessons. 55 City Centre Dr., Mississauga, 905-804-9582 .
The Black Dog
The Black Dog is just like any other pub, except it focuses on local, organic food, serving dishes like the Zen Energy Bowl. And, its lush garden patio, has won not only the Toronto Sun best patio award, but also a prestigious Trillium Garden Award. Except for that – and an exceptional beer selection, an unusually friendly vibe and some other things – it’s just like any other pub. 87 Island Rd., West Rouge (Scarborough), 416-286-4544.
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