Top 7 Places To Grab A Drink Across Our Route Map
While there may be plenty of speakeasies, dive bars and cocktail lounges in your hometown, we’ve highlighted a few watering holes that may inspire you to raise a glass in a new city to. From the atmosphere to the history behind the ingredients, we’ve rounded up our top seven places to grab a drink across our route map.
Le Moine échanson (The Wine Bar)
585, rue St-Jean; lemoineechanson.com
Nestled among the bookshops and bakeries of the St-Jean district, this local favourite is renowned for its unique wines from small, family-run vineyards like Domaine des Vigneaux, in southern France, alongside a pairing menu of continentally inspired small plates. Take a seat at the rustic communal table and enjoy the French-Canadian hospitality as the staff share their enthusiasm for rare and unusual vintages (many of them organic).
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Brooklyn Cider House
1100 Flushing Ave.; brooklynciderhouse.com
In 2014, siblings Peter and Susan Yi and their friend Lindsey Storm followed their dream of opening a cidery in Brooklyn. They gathered their seed money, quit their day jobs and revitalized a Hudson Valley apple orchard. The fruits of their labour, including a bar, restaurant and tasting room in buzzy Bushwick, dropped this past fall.
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Five and Dime
34 Grannan St.; fiveanddimesj.com
This cozy bar, opened in early 2017, takes tunes and booze to the next level with its huge record collection, bring-your-own-vinyl nights and an impressive selection of craft brews.
The Violet Hour
1520 North Damen Ave.; theviolethour.com
A no-cellphone policy and an exclusive dress code set the tone for the Violet Hour, a speakeasy-style boîte in Wicker Park. Think intimate salon interiors, and an artisanal cocktail menu divided into Shaken, Stirred and Classic.
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820 West Lake St.; momotarochicago.com
International firm AvroKO assembled the design minds behind this Japanese izakaya and robata joint. The place rambles over three floors, with numerous kitchens, dining rooms and lounges, and the massive 10-category menu has been lauded as Chicago’s Japanese best. Spelled out on oversized illuminated signage, the edgy cocktail list evokes a ’50s train station. Beverages are divided by wines, beers, cocktails, whiskies and sakes; standouts include the sparkling, sake filled Kira Kira and the agave-meets-sake Tequila Sensei.
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Sandwich brewing Co.
3232 Sandwich St.; @sandwichbrewing on Facebook
Everybody knows the best part of the sandwich is what’s inside, so it’s no surprise that Sandwich Brewing’s new space is so sweet. Housed in a restored heritage block, the microbrewery offers a tasty roster of IPAs, porters, stouts and easy-drinking ales. The cozy digs feature exposed brick, warm-hued wood and a gorgeous tin ceiling.
The Watch That Ends The Night
15 Kings Wharf Pl., Unit 104; thewatchthatendsthenight.com
Named after Hugh MacLennan’s CanLit classic, this Dartmouth resto-bar boasts a stellar cocktail program, house-made charcuterie and ferments, plus retro classics like shrimp cocktail and French onion dip. The scenic views of Halifax Harbour are free.