LET­TER FROM THE ACT­ING ED­I­TOR-IN-CHIEF

Air Canada enRoute - - CONTENTS - LET­TER FROM THE ACT­ING ED­I­TOR-IN-CHIEF RACHEL GIESEI

May I of­fer you a drink? Whether your taste tilts to­ward dive bars, fam­ily-friendly pubs or sexy speakeasies, our in­au­gu­ral guide to Canada’s Best New Bars has you cov­ered (page 52). Tipped off to the hottest new open­ings by bar­tenders, jour­nal­ists, chefs, som­me­liers, mixol­o­gists and other in­dus­try ex­perts, jour­nal­ist Kaitlin Fon­tana sipped and swigged her way across Canada to in­tro­duce you to the na­tion’s fresh­est, most wel­com­ing and most mem­o­rable wa­ter­ing holes.

Not sur­pris­ingly, the bars are as var­ied as the coun­try it­self — filled with crowds of rev­ellers, in groups, pairs and solo, en­joy­ing first dates and an­niver­saries, kick­ing back af­ter work and go­ing strong un­til last call. Decor and vibes are eclec­tic: these spots will trans­port you from Ha­vana to Hanoi, from the 1950s into the fu­ture. And the drinks dis­play in­no­va­tion and a globe-trot­ting in­flu­ence: lo­cally sourced bio­dy­namic wine, beer brewed with Ja­panese green plums, cock­tails in­fused with rose­wa­ter and car­damom.

What re­mains con­sis­tent, though, is the sense of Cana­dian warmth and hospi­tal­ity. The 10 places high­lighted are pop­u­lar gath­er­ing spots for lo­cals, as well as the per­fect gate­way to a new des­ti­na­tion for trav­ellers — be­cause if you want an in­side line on a city’s hid­den gems, servers and bar­tenders al­ways have the goods.

Each year for nearly two decades, Air Canada enRoute has saluted the coun­try’s best new restau­rants. Visit canadas­best­newrestau­rants.com to find the 2018 longlist, then come back to these pages next month, when we cel­e­brate the top 10 spots. This year, we’re proud to com­ple­ment that pro­gram with Canada’s Best New Bars. I’d like to toast the creative minds and mix­ers keep­ing our glasses filled and our spir­its up. Cheers!

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