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Ready to save some dollars and find hot spots for cheap drinks in Toronto? Our shortlisted favorite food & drink specials, half price wine deals, and the best happy hour spots below broken down by Toronto West, Downtown Toronto, and East Toronto:
"Mexican Stree food (Tacos, tortas & churros) dished out in a casual space adorned with vibrant, graffiti-style murals."
"Twinkling lights, indoor trees, cold beers, and yummy pizza."
"Hip and trendy bar with an awesome back patio. Tapas-style dishes to share with your “barkada” (group of friends). Filipino inspired modern menu with hints of Spanish, Portuguese, American + Asian cultures. Handcrafted cocktails, specialty wines, craft beer + espresso!"
"HTraditional Filipino grilled fare plus tropical-inspired cocktails served in a relaxed atmosphere and great daily food and drink specials."
"Farm-to-table cooking & craft beer at this Liberty Village modern brewpub."
"Local bar with colourful yellow exterior & outdoor patio serving cheap local beers, drinks & sliders."
"Queen West is voted the 2nd coolest neighborhood in the world by Vogue, and the Drake Hotel is definitely one of the coolest spots for drinks, nightlife, entertainment, and a wicked rooftop patio."
"Laid-back brewpub offering house-brewed beer, plus a food menu including brisket & fish tacos, daily specials and happy hour deals."
"Irish-themed bar with pub grub, TV sports, an exposed-brick interior & 2 levels of outdoor seating. Their daily specials are just like happy hour but all day."
"Añejo brings the magic of old Mexico north of the 49th parallel. With warm, welcoming spaces, colourful art, fresh-made food - and of course, tequila - Anejo is a place where laughter and adventure hang in the air." Also check out their Shops at Donmills location for the same amazing deals.
"Multi-level beerhall with 50 beers on tap, pub staples, sports & outdoor seating."
"Initimate charcuterie & Cocktail bar in the Entertainment district with great food and drink specials."
"Sleek and upscale, serving gourmet burgers, global comfort food, cocktails, wines, beers & too many happy hour specials and daily deals to list."
"Latin inspired shareable plates, for an intimate hangout on the 2nd floor, and one of the best rooftop patios in Toronto"
|$6 Estrella Damm,
$6 select glasses of wine,
$6 for 5 oysters,
$6 tostads, casava frites
"Retro fixture offering locally sourced brunch & other meals, plus a coffee bar & bakery."
"Restaurant, bar, and beer garden with happy hour food and drink specials, and too many deals to list."
"Views, vibes, and a long list of happy hour food & drink specials, with a hip rooftop patio."
A variety of burgers, crafty coktails and $2 (12oz) beers and shooters. Wait, two dollars?"
Waterfront... Look at that view, need we say more?
"Slick, stylish neighbourhood tavern with elevated pub grub, a rooftop patio, small plates, craft beers, & a wonderful happy hour menu." West enders can check out Local - Liberty Village.
"Located in the heart of Riverside, this local craft brewpub produces some unique beers with local from-scratch food to match."
"Born in the Beaches neighborhood of Toronto, inspired by beaches around the world, Beaches Brewing Company produces award winning craft beer and food. A brewery, a restaurant, a beach state of mind."
The practice of holding a 'happy hour' designated to entertainment can be traced back to the United Sates Navy during 1914. 'Happy hour' denoted a time for entertainment, which included boxing, movies, and dancing for the crew while the ships were at sea.
Ironically, 'happy hour' was not associated with alcohol until prohibition. In the early 1900s, as a measure to save grain for producing food for the war efforts and to maintain general civility, the Volstead Act (1919) was passed. Prohibition went into affect the following year, in which the U.S. prohibited the manufacturing and sales of alcoholic beverages.
Despite the new legislation, prohibition was very difficult to enforce. People started hosting 'happy hour' before eating at restaurants, where alcohol was banned. 'Bootlegging' (the illegal production and sale of liquor) and the rise of speakeasies (illegal drinking establishments) became dominant. When prohibition ended in 1933, the concept of drinking before dinner stuck around.
Perhaps it was because of the ad industry boom of the 1950s, or the new work-life of post WWII, restaurants and bars began holding regular 'happy hours' , baiting their patrons with discounted cocktails and bar food ahead of the dinner rush.
The next time you are with co-workers for Happy Hour, remember to raise a glass in honor of the Navy, the prohibition rebels, and sure, even Doug Ford.