Holiday cocktails and cocoa

By Emily Carlson

Explore where to go for seasonal drinks in Kingston this winter.



Curate Social

340 King St. E

Head over to Curate Social to try their holiday special, the Hibiscus Fizz. Then take your cocktail and enjoy some shopping. As its name says, Curate Social has curated outfits for both men and women from a select group of Canadian and international designers.

Open: Tues – Wed (11 am – 6 pm), Thurs (11 am – 7 pm), Fri – Sat (11 am – 9 pm)


Northside Espresso + Kitchen

281 Princess St.

Get festive with a cozy drink from Northside Espresso. This season’s holiday special is a boozy latte with Baileys + Kahlua. This delicious drink can be made with oat milk + Kahlua if you’d prefer a vegan option.

Open: Wed – Sun (8 am – 3 pm)


Tir Nan Og

200 Ontario St.

Listen to live music at Tir nan Og as you sip on a flavourful cocktail, like a rum-based pear and vanilla spiced lemonade.

Open: Mon – Wed (2 – 11 pm), Thurs (11:30 am – 11 pm), Fri – Sat (11:30 – 1 am), Sun (11:30 am – 10 pm)


The Everly

103-171 Wellington St.

The Everly serves up refined modern classics when it comes to food and beverages. Warm up with an espresso martini made with Patrón XO, vodka, simple syrup, Amaro Nonino, and fresh espresso.

Open: Wed – Thurs (4 – 11 pm), Fri – Sat (4 pm – midnight)



1 Johnson St.

Enjoy the Kingston waterfront as you sip on a holiday cocktail at AquaTerra. Try their partridge in a pear tree cocktail made with Northern Keep vodka, Lillet Blanc, Prosecco, cinnamon, ginger pear syrup, and pear juice. (The bar is open for drinks 11 am – 11 pm.)

Open: Mon – Fri (6:30 – 10:30 am, noon – 2 pm, 5 – 9 pm), Sat (7 – 10:30 am, 12 noon – 2 pm, 5 – 9 pm), Sun (7 – 10:30 am, noon – 2 pm, 5 – 9 pm)




The Grocery Basket

260 Princess St.

If you’re shopping on Princess Street, The Grocery Basket is there to provide warm cocoa for you. Their festive drink is a peppermint hot chocolate. And if you’re planning a holiday gathering, you can pre-order with The Grocery Basket and have your event catered.

Open: Mon – Fri (9 am – 6 pm), Sat (10 am – 5 pm), Sun (10 am – 4 pm)


Nora’s Coffee and Sandwiches

500 Canatara Ct.

Visit Nora’s in the west end to try one of their three special festive drinks: eggnogg chai latte, white candy cane hot chocolate, and gingerbread latte. Looking for catering for your holiday events? Email Nora’s for more details on their catering packages.

Open: Wed – Sun (7 am – 3 pm)


Coffee and Company

53 Princess St.

Take a trip to the Polar Express with Coffee and Company and enjoy a classic hot chocolate or a Chocolate Monkey (banana hot chocolate).

Open: Sun –Thurs (7 am – 6 pm), Fri –Sat (7 am – 7 pm)



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BSE Skate Shop

225 Princess St.

BSE Skate Shop serves cinnamon, white, and peppermint hot chocolate. If you are looking for a vegan option, you can get your hot chocolate made with oat milk. While you’re there, grab a sweet treat or a hand pie to pair with your drink (the hand pies are made every Thurs – Fri).

Open: Mon – Fri (10 am – 6 pm), Sat (10 am – 5 pm), Sun 11 am – 5 pm)