There’s no place on earth like Toronto in June. The proudest city, the loudest city, and as summer temps are coming in hot, quite possibly the sweatiest city too. (Masks on the TTC are a style we still embrace). From PRIDE, to patios and picture perfect picnics on the Toronto Islands, the city is yours to discover! Grab that best friend and make plans to stay in the city this summer.
🥑 Hot events happening in Toronto this month 🥑
Wingsanity is back ruffling all the feathers at the chicken chop shop, St Louis Bar & Grill. The all-you-can-eat chicken wing event is back at 75 locations across Canada, where guests are encouraged to blow their weekly caloric budget in just one seating. For $23.99 you can find out how many wings are too many. Lucky diners can score a signature ‘sauce-resistant’ rain poncho for wing pounding sessions (or rainy days, I guess). Find out more- www.stlouiswings.com
A Carnival-themed pop-up bar with games and drinks is happening on Geary Avenue for the month of June. Located across from Parallel, the excitement of the bigtop awaits, no scary clowns in sight. Grab free tickets to ensure entry- and get more details on Eventbrite. The grand opening is this Sunday, June 4th.
The Drake Hotel begins Drag Bingo with Devine Darlin next Tuesday, June 6th. But we’re smitten for the relaunch of Drag Brunch with Miss Moço, every Saturday at The Drake Hotel. Reserve your spot here.
Taco Fest is taking over the Stanley Barracks Grounds at Hotel X from Friday June 16th to the 18th. Look for local allstars like Rosalinda, Roses Cucina and Dope as Duck to provide ample reasons why tacos taste better with friends.
🌮 MORE REASONS TO MAKE PLANS -SUMMER FUN EDITION 🌮
The Rose Picnic is happening June 24th. Do you love pink enough to have that as your only drink? Then this event has your name on it. Taking place at Hotel X Toronto. Tickets start at $49.95 and are available now at rosepicnic.com
Beerfest is coming do you have your tickets yet? Ice Cube is headlining Friday evening, and we’re checking ourselves, it will be a good day, if you get tickets before they sell out….
Tickets are now for sale for the upcoming Wine Fest Toronto, returning to RendezViews on Richmond Street. The three-day wine extravaganza is a splashy ‘all you can sample’ event crafted by everyone’s favourite wine lover, Angela Aiello, founder of the fun iYellow Wine Cave. Tickets for the July 7-9th event are on sale now for individual three-hour windows.
🥂 Here’s what’s NEW in Toronto this month. 🥂
Mezcalero is coming to Bloor Street West. The tapas and tequila bar is injecting some nightlife into the already super fun corridor, expect late nights at this neon-soaked situation.
Ultra Supper Club is the latest beauty concept from the king of Toronto nightlife, Charles Khabouth. Amassing the ‘best of every Asian country, all under one roof’ is a bold mission, but what else do you expect from this kingpin? Book now for this grand dame, Ultra opens June 6 at 12 St. Clair Avenue East. The Supper Club experience open from Thursday through Saturday until 2 a.m Book now @ultratoronto
Earls is now open at Yorkdale. The Yorkdale location opened on April 21st and includes Yorkdale-only items like a Seafood Tower and Passion Fruit Chili Margarita.
Irene is now open at Corus Quay. Run by Fab Restaurant Concepts, the brand’s empire includes Pourhouse, Murphy’s Law and Brazen Head. Pub people doing pub things, but this time, down by the lake.
99 Bottles is now open on Sheppard Avenue. The bodega-style coffee shop features classic cocktails, perfectly crafted caffeinated beverages and delectable snacks and baked goods. This new shop is open from 7am-11pm, so this thirsty pocket can actually grab a bottle of wine on the way home from work without the fuss of the LCBO. Huzzah!
🥬 CAN’T WAIT- COMING SOON TO TORONTO! 🥬
Lucie is ready to launch in downtown Toronto. Located at 100 Yonge Street, the new French restaurant is aiming for an early July opening.
Sibel is launching soon on Avenue Road. The Turkish restaurant promises gourmet dining in a supper club-type setting, like a bigger and fancier A la Turk.
The Kingston House is coming to the beaches. The A ‘modern gastro pub’ is located at 676 Kingston Road. Look for their opening later this month.
Grillies is coming to Yonge Street, north of Sheppard. The NoSh quick takeaway will offer burgers, burritos and more quick-service guilty pleasures.
Sing Sing Beer Bar is coming to First Canadian Place. It’s a celebrated spot on the West Coast with craft beers and great bar bites, a perfect fit on Adelaide where the old Duke of Westminster occupied. Backed by the hospitality powerhouses behind Belfast Love, Walrus and Death & Taxes, this will be a hotspot when it opens this July.
🍌 MORE SPRING OPENINGS TO GET EXCITED ABOUT…🍌
There are steakhouses, and then there are Kobe-Beef Certified Restaurants. A new breed of beef-minded menus is coming to the core. Meet Black + Blue, a destination for a refined steakhouse experience. Fronted by Glowbal Restaurant Group, they’ve been grilling on the west coast in Vancouver for a minute. Book reservations starting May 1st at this new King West hotspot.
Kiin Cafe is a new concept at Kiin. In Thai culture, breakfast is everything. So it was only a matter of time before Chef Nuit Regular adopted this meal into her already impressive repertoire. From 8 am-10 am daily, Kiin Cafe will be offering tasty Thai eats like Khai Kratha (eggs with Chinese sausage) or Patong Gho (Crullers with coconut pandan custard). Pair it with Owliang, Thai coffee, made with condensed milk.
Char Bistro is opening on Wellington Street, in Old Town, where Bravi once stood. Look for this opening later this summer.
🍴 JUNE CLOSING TIME 🍴
Waterfront favourite Touti Café is calling it quits. Known for lakeside treats like sorbets and gelatos, the shop had been open since 2015.
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All images by Libby Roach.