The list of North America’s 50 Best Bars was announced on Tuesday, April 23rd and a few Toronto bars earned their rightful places on the prestigious list including one above the rest.

Civil Liberties sits as the top Canadian bar on the list. This west-end speakeasy received the 21st spot on the annual ranking which features bars from across North America, including the USACanadaMexico and the Caribbean.

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According to 50 Best, “At first glance, the slightly sparse, industrial-meets-vintage interior (metal navy stools, pressed-tin ceiling) and artfully scruffy clientele seem to meet the definition of a gentrified dive.”

Civil Liberties is known for a laid-back feel but the service and knowledge from the staff are well above par.

“In its own words, the bar espouses ‘kind over cool’, and service is not only deeply knowledgeable but authentically friendly, with orders for a cheap draft or canned beer as welcome as inquiries about the quirky, unexpected selections on the back bar.”

There is no set menu at Civil Liberties so ask any question about any bottle and the team will be more than happy to whip you up something amazing and tell a story about what you’re drinking.

The other Toronto bars that found a place on the North America’s 50 Best Bars list include:

  • Bar Pompette at 29th
  • Bar Mordecai at 40th

Toronto was among a couple of other Canadian cities with bars that were honoured as well:

  • Botanist Bar at 24th: Vancouver, BC
  • Cloakroom at 39th: Montreal. QC
  • The Keefer Bar at 49th: Vancouver, BC
  • Atwater Cocktail Club at 50th: Montreal, QC

Congratulations to all the Canadian bars that made North America’s 50 Best Bars list and be sure to check out the Toronto bars that were honoured!

Civil Liberties

Where: 878 Bloor St W

Bar Pompette

Where: 607 College St

Bar Mordecai 

Where: 1272 Dundas St W