A wise man once said, “I love Scotch. Scotchy, Scotch, Scotch. Here it goes down, down into my belly.” Indeed, if Ron Burgundy were your cousin, visiting Toronto, you’d want to take him to one of these spots: the best places to drink Scotch in Toronto. Correction: Burgundy would never appreciate a quality scotch — but you will.
The Feathers Pub & Single Malt Bar
Since 1981, Upper Beach-ers have flocked here for pub grub, Brit atmosphere and a selection of about 450 single malts, including a good number at cask strength. It also offers a Whisky Tour ($25 or $50), so you can get a glimpse of the finest of Scotland’s single malt regions. 962 Kingston Rd., 416-694-0443.
For one of the world’s largest rosters of single malts, think Italian. Often voted one of the city’s best restos, Etobicoke’s Via Allegro offers a mind-boggling quantity of quality whiskies: over 1,000 in stock. No wonder it’s won Whisky Magazine’s “Supreme Whisky Award.” 1750 The Queensway W., 416-622-6677.
Allen’s recently added a $30,000 bottle of 50 year-old Balvenie to its collection, but most of its whiskys — including a show-stopping selection of single malts — are reasonably priced. So too is the burger, among the city’s finest, which is best eaten on Allen’s verdant back patio. 143 Danforth Ave., 416-463-3086.
The Academy of Spherical Arts
The Academy takes more than just billiards seriously. It also has more than 140 single malts on hand. The vast and refined space — once a billiard table factory — helped make Liberty Village a destination. Book a table for the night, shoot some stick and savour a wee dram. 1 Snooker Street, 416-532-2782.
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