MONTREAL — From coast to coast, there’s now a Top 10 list of the best new places to grab a pint, sip a pinot and toast a martini.
Air Canada says it issued its first-ever top 10 list of Canada’s Best New Bars, presented by American Express, in the spirit of its annual roundup of popular Canada’s Best New Restaurants.
“From a Havana-conjuring tropical hangout on Vancouver’s Main Street to a sleek, mid-century drinking den near the Dartmouth waterfront, the best new bars from coast to coast are as varied as the country itself,” says Air Canada.
The airline sent one writer on an anonymous, month-long, cross-country crawl to track down the nation’s greatest new places to drink, based on recommendations from a panel of bartenders, chefs, sommeliers, mixologists and industry experts.
“Air Canada wanted a way to celebrate the creativity in the Canadian bar scene and its contribution to our local, regional and national culture,” says Andy Shibata, Managing Director, Brand, Air Canada. “The mixologists and sommeliers at these bars are creating incredible cocktails and wine lists featuring local offerings mixed with inspiring additions from around the globe.
“After seeing great success from Canada’s Best New Restaurants year over year, we decided to launch Canada’s Best New Bars to support the ever-growing bar culture in Canada,” he added.
Here are the winners:
- The Watch That Ends the Night, Dartmouth
- Mulberry Bar, Toronto
- Little Hong Kong, Edmonton
- Nhâu Bar, Montreal
- Tocador, Vancouver
- Paris Paris, Toronto
- Godspeed, Toronto
- El Pequeño, Montreal
- Nénuphar, Quebec
- Paddy’s Barbecue & Brewery, Calgary
All of the bars have launched across the country over the last 12 months and were recognized for the quality of their drinks, along with ambiance and customer experience.
The Top 10 for Canada’s Best New Bars and their accomplishments will be featured in the October issue of Air Canada’s enRoute onboard magazine. A selection of the Top 10 bars will also be showcased at Canada’s Best New Restaurants celebration on Oct. 25.