Please give me 5-10 examples of speakeasies and or unique drinking experiences/bars in Canada.
There are a number of unique and exciting bars and speakeasies throughout Canada, 10 of which have been included in this report. You will see a deep dive of my findings below.
In order to provide you with a list of the most unique bars I could find in Canada, I first referred to articles and websites making suggestions on nightlife. This resulted in plenty of reports discussing the most unique bars throughout Canada and the World, and I was able to organize from that the 10 bars which showed up most often and/or were most memorable in their descriptions.
Inspired by the Harry Potter series of books and movies, "the Lockhart is a cocktails and Tapas bar located at the corner of Dundas and Dufferin, Toronto," according to the company's website. While they've only been open for less than a year so far, the bar has already been featured in over 50 articles and reports. While the bar itself only seats 36 people, it is already overwhelmingly popular and a tourist destination.
This restaurant, lounge, and speakeasy is set to a perpetual -5 degrees Celsius. All of the furniture, decor, and walls are made of ice, and the speakeasy serves hot alcoholic beverages for those patrons who don't like the cold. Chill Ice House is "the first permanent ice lounge in Canada," according to the bar's website, and is one of 20 throughout the world. While the entire establishment, located on Bathurst Street in Toronto, is called Chill Ice House, the speakeasy in back is called Gatsby's Tale.
3) Blind Tiger
This speakeasy is located in Winnipeg, and is named after the name used for speakeasies from 1920 to 1933 (during Prohibition). The bar itself is hidden in such a way that makes it difficult to find, even if you're right there, according to the website. Reservations can be made online, and in addition to a full bar, Blind Tiger serves a full menu.
Located behind a bookcase in Ottawa, The Staff Room is hidden inside Union 613 Restaurant at 315 Somerset St. W. As part of the speakeasy's secrecy, there is no website for it. However, an article published by Canadian Business notes that patrons can enter the bar by pulling one specific book out of a shelf at the back of Union 613 Restaurant.
5) O. Noir
With locations in Montreal and Toronto, O. Noir is a new bar with a socially conscious message. Patrons at this restaurant and bar dine and/or drink in complete darkness, effectively blinding all patrons.
The entire staff of O. Noir is legally blind, and patrons place their orders using braille. According to the company's website, "this socially conscious concept originated from Jorge Spielmann, a blind pastor in Zurich who would blindfold his dinner guests so they could share his eating experience."
More of a science classroom or laboratory than a bar, BevLab is located on Mowat Avenue in Toronto. They host a number of workshops which "explore thematics in and around food thought and culture," according to the company's website. Specifically, they "reimagine the future through beverage," turning food into drink. One of the most popular options at the bar are "flavour-filled clouds that can be poured and swallowed like any normal drink, and flash-frozen nitrogen ice cream," according to an article from Narcity.
7) The Addisons
This downtown club, located on Wellington Street in Toronto, is designed to look exactly like an incredibly upscale home, the rich owners of which are hosting a dinner party. They have a minimum age of 21 for women and 25 for men, and patrons are welcome to play board games or share a pizza while there, as they would at any house party.
Located on College Street in Toronto, "Track & Field is a lawn games bar...that houses two lanes of bocce ball and two lanes of deck shuffleboard," according to the bar's website. With 1,000 square feet of space, Track & Field has plenty of space for drinking, chatting, and playing games. Patrons can make a reservation ahead of time, at $40 per hour, or walk-in for free. Walk-ins can play for up to 20 minutes (if others are waiting for a lane), and then get back in line to wait their next turn.
"Hidden in the back of a furniture store at the corner of Third and Main in Vancouver," Narrow Lounge seats 30 people according to an article in Canadian Business. While this speakeasy does have a website, it's sparse with very limited information published online. Customers know they can enter when the right light is on. This speakeasy serves both food and drink, but the majority of the food items are soaked in some type of alcohol, such as mac and cheese cooked in Guinness, tequila-marinated fish tacos, and red-wine chorizo sausage.
Located on Commercial Drive in Vancouver, Storm Crow boasts itself as "Vancouver's original nerd bar." The bar opened in 2011 and "was met with skepticism or outright disbelief," according to the bar's "Manifesto" on their website. Instead of sports games on the television, Storm Crow offers board and card games, role-playing, and a whole host of fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and comic references on the menu and in the decor. Earlier this year, Storm Crow opened a second location, called Storm Crow Alehouse, on West Broadway in Vancouver.
To summarize, there are a number of bars and speakeasies throughout Canada which promote fun and unique experiences for guests. This report provides details and links for 10 of those locations.