Best Speakeasy Bars in Toronto

Toronto has a diverse nightlife scene, mostly centred around the entertainment district but with clusters throughout the city, including Little Portugal, King West and Ossington Avenue.

Bars and restaurants make up a huge part of life in Toronto so you’ll never be far from one of the 8,000 venues. Of course, here at Speakeasy Secrets we love the not-so-easy to find ones which we’ll share below.

488 Wellington St W, Toronto
A cosy bar hidden in plain sight

Pitching itself as a ‘speakeasy-esque bar’, The Cloak Bar is hidden in an assuming location underneath Marben restaurant on Wellington street, although it’s not too difficult to find thanks to the big neon sign.

At first, you might be wondering what you’ve let yourself in for, but once inside you’ll find a cosy atmosphere with creative cocktails and friendly service. The bar is dimly lit, with crystal ware and exposed brick – just what you’d expect from a top speakeasy bar.

485 King St W, Toronto
An exclusive bar dedicated to Pablo himself

Behind a secret password-protected door in Baro, a Latin American restaurant in Toronto, lies a speakeasy bar with quite possibly my favourite name, Escobar.

To get in, you’ll have to find Pablo Snack Bar within Baro (a big hint when you think about it) and either be invited in or know the password. The bar has an upscale vibe with hip hop being the go-to music choice.

89 Ossington Ave, Toronto
Craft beers await behind this hidden door in a barber shop

Barber & Co have a total of five barber shops across Toronto, but you can get more than a fresh trim from their Ossington branch. Head through the door with the green lightbox where you’ll find the secret speakeasy bar.

At the bar you’ll find their head bartender serving up all manner of drinks, from cocktails to local craft beers. There’s no permanent cocktail menu at Barber & co, only a rotating menu every three months so you’ll find something different on every visit.

214 King St W, Toronto
Caviar and bubbly are the front to this 1920’s themed speakeasy

A café on King Street West serves up oysters and caviar and boasts to have the largest collection of champagne available to order in Toronto. But this is all a front, as hidden behind copious amounts of champagne is a speakeasy bar named ‘A Toi’, French for ‘To You’.

Simply ask to visit the ‘champagne room’ and you’ll be taken through to an energetic and chic bar, themed like a 1920’s Parisian hotel.

137 Avenue Rd, Toronto
A pop culture bar hidden in a comic book store

Figures is disguised as an old comic bookstore, but you’ll immediately notice the lack of comic books for sale. That’s because it’s hiding a secret door that leads through to the speakeasy bar behind.

Inside, the pop culture theme continues with comic books on the wall, illustrations and themed drinks, with options such as ‘Empire Did Nothing Wrong’ and ‘Donkey Kong’ served in an authentic DK glass.

1047 Gerrard St E, Toronto
Take a pilgrimage to find cocktails through the Vatican gift shop

This religious themed gift store on Gerrard street is full of religious gifts. But the biggest surprise lies behind the secret door at the back which leads to a dimly lit speakeasy serving up cocktails and craft beer from local breweries.

The menu is always evolving with super friendly bar staff. They also serve amazing sourdough pizzas during the day and blast out some 80’s bangers into the evening.