We all know that self-isolating is a task and a half because staying home can be difficult sometimes, but it’s how we can help and our pets love us being home, which makes the hard times worth it. As much as staying positive in the moment makes this 10x easier, there is nothing wrong with dreaming of the foreseeable future and making mental plans for when the COVID-19 spell is over.
I’m the first person to take my car (or Uber) and go, which leaves me to have an escape plan to the bars. I miss the experience that comes along side dining out because as much as I love saving money and expanding my skills, it just can’t compete. But as they people say, slow and steady wins the race, so let’s raise a glass to being patient and as you’re reward, I’m showing you the top bars to hit up after quarantine.
This casual jazz bar (attached to a hotel) is a nice place to go after quarantine for a nice evening without the social pressure of dressing up. After wearing sweatpants and 0 makeup for way too long, this is the perfect place to step back out into society because it doesn’t set the bar high (;)) for updos and fancy outfits. Throw on some jeans, order a pitcher of beer, and spend the night listening to some nice and upbeat jazz music.
Feeling a little under the weather? Then this bar is the place for you (and your loved one) because an apple a day keeps the doctor away. This eclectic bar is for cider lovers and cider lovers only. The wooden stools followed by the rotating taps of drunken apples makes this place have an indie vibe, which is worth visiting. Another plus to this rustic bar is that they have a full dinner menu, with staples like a classic chicken sandwich to perogies and some unique poutines. On a night where the two of you need a relaxing night but want to go out this is definitely a winner.
This $$$$ cocktail bar is one for the books. While it is on the pricier side, the cocktails here are to die for, as they are L.I.T.E.R.A.L works of art. Skip the old fashions and whiskey sours for your local bar because Bar Chef is all about the Modernist Series. Not only do these cocktails come strong and with a punch of flavour, but they come with an edible element as well, which will elevate your experience from 1,000 to 1,000,000. Make a reservation and enjoy your one-on-one time with your loved one in this dimly lit bar for an experience of a lifetime.
This one-of-a-kind wine bar will leave you feeling like you’ve been transported to a whimsical world where all your wishes come true, as the abundance of indoor plants and fairy lights draw you in instantly. Whether it’s over a bottle, two, or three, make sure you snack on some of their amazing snacks and main courses (which can make anyone hungry). From cheese plates to beef tartare you’ll leave your taste buds begging for more with each bite. Walk into this bar and feel the breeze of fresh vintage wines seducing you to come get lost in a winetopia.
Looking for somewhere to step out in style? Lavelle is the place for the two of you. The beautiful restaurant-style-bar has indoor and outdoor seating, which comes with a beautiful pool that sums up the ambiance perfectly. This is the one that is definitely worth the hype, because it is the whole package and will make you feel like 1,000,000 bucks when you wine and dine in this well decorated establishment.
This place is on the HOT list right now, and I’m not exaggerating. Save this for a night when the two of you need to transport to the classier university bar days and when the two of you have a lot of patience. But it is definitely worth the wait, as this busy bee location is filled with classy cocktails and bar snacks, such as a Campari Daquiri (Campari, lime, and sugar) plus a nice fortified liquor, beer, and wine selection, which goes great with some olives or shrimp toast (to name a few!). From winter to patio season, this is a sure success to wow your loved one because of its sophisticated yet simple vibe, which we can all relate to.
This popular day and nighttime joint is one that the two of you don’t want to miss, as it has a vastly extensive menu and bar. Come for brunch or for a night on the town when you and your loved one want to dress up. This chic bar is not to be mistaken for one where fat shaming and models come, if anything, it’s the opposite as they serve everything you can think. The handcrafted artisanal pizzas and unique rotating taps put this place on the map, because this dynamic duo has no competition (except the two of you, of course!). If possible, definitely make a reservation to ensure that you don’t get stuck at the bar on Saturday, as this place is popular 24/7 and 365 days a year. Put on your heels or a nice suit jacket and go splurge tonight, because this place is worth it.