10 Places to Get Cheap Drinks in Toronto

The best Toronto bars and restaurants for cheap drinks

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If you’re looking for a few options in Toronto for cheap drinks, look no further than these 10 spots across the city that offer some great deals on drinks (and food, too).

Luma

Located at the corner of King and John Streets as part of the Bell Lightbox building, you'll find Luma, a light-filled restaurant with Instagram-worthy  floor to ceiling views of King Street West. Not only do they feature a creative menu and inviting space, but also a wallet-friendly "magic hour" menu. Every day from 4 to 9 p.m. you can enjoy  $6 gin and vodka martinis, Manhattans with your choice of rye: Lot No. 40, Pike Creek or Gooderham and Worts, or pints of Grolsch for just $6.

Beast

Every week, Tuesday through Friday at Beast you can take advantage of "Beast 120" from 5 to 7 p.m. During this time there are $5 drinks that include sparkling, red, white and rose wine, the house cocktail (a negroni) and various craft beers. The 120 menu also includes $5 snacks like semi-cured tomato and basil arancini, mortadella mousse on crostinis, warm marinated olives, and mushroom crespelle with mozzarella and salsa verde.

Wide Open Bar

Despite the name, this downtown Toronto bar is actually super-narrow but the price is definitely right. Wide open offers various cheap drink deals depending on the day of the week. On Mondays you can get all drinks for just $4, mixed drinks are $4.50 and beer is $5 on Wednesdays, everything is $2.75 on Thursdays between 5 and 8 p.m. and you can get $5 shots of Jim Beam any day of the week.

Drake Hotel

Stop by the Drake Hotel’s Aprés Work event every day from 4 to 6 p.m. for some seriously good drink deals. Choose from a list of seven expertly-crafted cocktails all priced at $10, including a daquiri, an old fashioned and a dark & stormy. If cocktails aren't your thing, you can snag a pint of Drake Art House Blonde Ale for just $5.

Hey Lucy Café

There are two locations of Hey Lucy Café in the city: King West and Cabbagetown. At both locations of this  casual Italian spot you can find drink specials on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Wednesdays you’ll find martinis for $4.99 and on Thursday select wines are $4.99 a glass. 

Liberty Commons

This gastropub located inside the Big Rock Brewing complex is another spot to go for some good deals. Liberty Commons offer drink specials every day from 5 to 7 p.m. which include Liberty Commons Lager for just $3.50, featured red and white wine for $7, sangria for $8 and an old fashioned for $7. You can pair your cheap drinks with some affordable grub, including classic poutine for $6, a Scotch egg for $5 and an individual plate of nachos for $7.

Oretta

This stylish Italian spot on King West offers their Apertivo Hour every day between 4 and 6 p.m. If you swing by during the allotted time you can take advantage of $5 draft Peroni, $9 negronis and aperol spritzes, and $40 gets you a bottle of wine and a charcuterie board (perfect for a cheap date night). In addition, there are snacks for $5, $7, and $9 (depending on your budget and/or how hungry you are).

The Lakeview

This historic diner near the corner of Dundas and Ossington is a great bet for budget-beverages any day of the week. Open since 1932, the popular west Toronto spot serves up diner classics 24 hours a day, every day of the year. In terms of cheap drinks, you can expect $3 mimosas, $4 traditional caesars, and $4 daily pints - every day.

Prohibition Gastro House

There are two locations of this speakeasy-themed spot: One in Midtown on Eglington Avenue and one on Queen East. Head to either location to save some money on drinks during their Hooch Hour, which happens every day from 5 to 7 p.m. and 10 to 11 p.m., when you can get select wines, bar rail and all their beers for $5.09.

Scotland Yard

Pubs are often a good place to score drinks deals and Scotland Yard on the Esplanade is no exception. Here you can get various bottled beers for $3.53 on Mondays, $2 off all tall cans of beer on Tuesdays, cocktails for $6.19 on Thursdays, and all beer and wine produced 100 kilometers from the pub is $5.30 on Sundays.