The City’s Most Spir­ited Event

A week-long cel­e­bra­tion of Toronto’s cock­tail cul­ture

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Toronto Cock­tail Week (Oc­to­ber 16 to 21) made quite the splash when it kicked off its event se­ries at Ri­p­ley’s Aquar­ium. Dur­ing the sold-out gala, guests en­joyed un­lim­ited cock­tails made by the city’s best bar­tenders be­fore tak­ing self­ies with sharks and be­ing pho­to­bombed by manta rays. Mul­ti­ple drink sta­tions were spread out over the aquar­ium, each rep­re­sent­ing one of Toronto’s top cock­tail bars and mix­ing up at least two sig­na­ture drinks. With more than two dozen cock­tails on of­fer, there was some­thing for ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing Tan­queray No. 10 gin con­coc­tions, Writer’s Tears whisky drinks and Grey Goose vodka cre­ations. Some were sweet, some were savoury and some were straight-up strong. Thank­fully, there was plenty of great food—in­clud­ing fried chicken, Korean ssams and sug­ary chur­ros—to soak it all up.

The sec­ond night of TCW hon­oured Cana­dian mu­sic icon Gord Downie with a trib­ute con­cert held at the Horse­shoe Tav­ern fea­tur­ing the Trag­i­cally Hip cover band Prac­ti­cally Hip. The Hip’s classic hits—as well as a se­lec­tion of spe­cially crafted John­nie Walker Black La­bel and Bulleit bour­bon cock­tails—kept the crowd in good spir­its. Part of the pro­ceeds from the event went to the Gord Downie and Chanie Wen­jack Fund, an or­ga­ni­za­tion to sup­port rec­on­cil­i­a­tion with the In­dige­nous peo­ples of Canada. The rest of the week was filled with spe­cial tick­eted tast­ings and sem­i­nars at some of the city’s top bars, where Toronto’s cel­e­brated mixol­o­gists taught at­ten­dees ev­ery­thing from mak­ing booze-free cock­tails to danc­ing with the Green Fairy. #TCW18 @toron­to­cock­tail­week

RI­P­LEY’s AQUAR­IUM:For one night only, the aquar­ium—and all the cool and creepy un­der­wa­ter crea­tures within its walls— played host to the city’s most unique cock­tail party

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