Kingston’s Best Cocktail Bars

By Kate Farrell

There is absolutely nothing that will make you feel instantly more luxurious than a finely crafted cocktail. Maybe you go Bond style and like your drink shaken not stirred. Maybe you like a straight up Old Fashioned and refuse to settle for anything but the best. Maybe you really don’t know what you like, but you’re done drinking cheap beer and are ready to treat yourself.

We’re spoiled in Kingston with our amazing culinary scene, but what makes our limestone streets even more special? These amazing cocktail bars where you can find world-class drinks. Here are our picks for the best cocktail bars in Kingston!

Try this beautiful (and delicious) Pineapple & Bubbles Cocktail, made with spiced rum, Malibu coconut rum, pineapple juice and Prosecco. TGIF! Have a great weekend.

Posted by AquaTerra on Friday, June 22, 2018

The Vu

1 Johnson Street

The Vu is the delectable offshoot of AquaTerra, Kingston’s fine dining gem. Tucked in the Delta Kingston Waterfront Hotel Lobby, this lounge offers one of the best views in Kingston, with a sleek ambiance. Combined, it makes their amazing cocktail menu that much more special. We featured some of their cocktails in volume two of Kingston’s cocktails, but with drinks this good we could help but go back for more. Try their new drink The Cure, with Chivas Regal, Laphroaig, lemon oleo saccharum, lemon juice and chopped ginger; our favourite way to warm up from the cold.

Bonus: Head there for their weekday wind downs every weekday from 4-6 pm, you get a signature cocktail and a small plate (like a fried seed to sausage Calabrese and chorizo bechamel dumpling) for only $12!

The Alibi

291-293 Princess Street

You may know The Alibi for their amazing trivia nights or their friendly staff, but you probably know them best for the drinks. This small spot on Princess Street offers up one of the best drink selections in the YGK, with eight rotating taps, a huge selection of Ontario craft beers and ciders and, of course, their 30 feature drinks. Seriously, they have everything here. The classics are on point, whether you go for a Moscow Mule, New York Sour, or Old Fashioned. But they also offer some hilarious twists like the Peach Don’t Kill My Vibe, with dark rum, Amaretto, Peach Schnapps, and pineapple. We also love the relatable Adulting is Hard Martini with vodka, Baileys, Godiva white chocolate liqueur, Crème de Cacao, and chocolate milk.

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Posted by The Grad Club on Monday, May 7, 2018

The Grad Club

162 Barrie Street

When you think of a student pub, you may have flashbacks of warm beer in red cups, but the Grad Club will quickly change that perception. Besides the fact that they’re located in a beautiful heritage building right on Queen’s campus, the vibe here is always welcoming and friendly. Choose from one of their cocktails, or you can always request your favourite specialty drinks to be made for you by the talented staff. On Thursdays and Fridays their second-floor whiskey bar opens up; add that to their Nerd Nights, trivia nights, live music events, and tasting series and you’ll have plenty of chances to try all this pub has to offer!

Tango Nuevo

331 King St. East

This chic spot on King Street never fails to amaze us every time we visit. Tango Nuevo is loved by locals for their huge selection of tapas, charcuterie (all locally sourced), and international wine list. The hidden gem here is their amazing cocktail list, which ranges from the classic martini (with premium gin and vodka options available) to delicious creations like the Sweet Basil Lemonade, and the Raspberry Basil Julep Martini. Their cocktails offerings are split into classic (like a killer Manhattan, a Mad Men Old Fashioned), and modern (Joel’s Gin and Tonic with cilantro and rose water anyone?). You can even get a sample of 3 martinis with their Retroni sliders for $16.00.

Let's pretend it's not winter… join us for our feature cocktail, a sweet and creamy Twisted Lassie this afternoon!

Posted by Olivea Restaurant on Sunday, December 4, 2016

Olivea

39 Brock Street

This family-run trattoria is an essential Kingston foodie destination for their fresh pasta and gnocchi they make in house. The pleasant, and delicious, surprise here? The cocktail menu. Olivea’s smaller drink menu means they have even more time to spend perfecting those delicious drinks. And it definitely pays off. Their Mojito (rightly titled Kingston’s Best Mojito) is made with Haven Club Rum, muddled mint, fresh lime juice and soda water, and comes in five different flavours (hello, passion fruit!). Some other favourites include their Diablo (with Jose Cuervo silver tequila, cassis, fresh lime juice and ginger ale), the Tuscan Rosemary Lemon Drop, and their Blood Orange Bellini!

Lone Star

251 Ontario Street

This southern styled dynamo has been bringing Kingstonians a taste of Texas ever since it landed in the YGK. And you know what they say about Texas, everything is bigger, even the drinks. Head to Lone Star Texas Grill if you have an indecisive group, or just want to try something out of your comfort zone. Their margaritas are the specialty here, and there’s no shortage of options for flavours. You can choose to get a hand-shaken top shelf margarita or go for one of their fun frozen drinks like the Pink Cadillac Marg with Grand Marnier. Or taste the South with one of their delicious cocktails like the Sippin on Cherry Coke, Texas Tea, or their Texas Caesar.

Indecisive? Get one of their flights and sample three different kinds!