The best new bars in Toronto for 2014 came in all shapes and sizes, each of them bringing something new to Toronto’s drinking scene. While some of the usual neighbourhoods saw new additions, it was a pleasant surprise to see many of the city’s best bars opening up further away from the downtown core. It’s all a good sign that the city is spreading out and becoming bigger.
Inspired by the recent popularity of cake television shows like Cake Boss and Cupcake Wars, the Creative Cake Challenge from Canadian Outback Adventures & Events has groups of four to five battling to make the best cake. Each team is supplied with two 9- by 12-inch sheet cakes they can cut, stack, and decorate. Cakes must follow set guidelines that highlight a company’s mission statement, new products, or logo.
Based on creativity, time management, and communication, judges pick a winning team to award the Golden Spatula-and then the feast begins. Beyond the Box tailors its teambuilding exercises to meets the needs of a group. A recent exercise designed for Astral Media combined creativity with community service, pairing with Arts for Children and Youth, an organization that empowers marginalized children through arts-based education. Six youths from A.F.C.Y.
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Astral employees at four creative stations. Employees created a ceramic mosaic, a painting, a collage made from photos they took in an on-site booth, and a beatbox symphony with each group adding a different beat. Recently increasing in popularity, Xpeerience Group’s drumming sessions provide a unique group activity.
Seated in a circle, a group of 20 to 200 will learn basic beats and rhythms. With a focus on group dynamics, common goals, and creativity, the drumming session pushes people out of their comfort zone. By the end of the hour-long session, the instructor has every participant’s heart beating at the same rhythm.
The rooftop patio at Murphy’s Law, with a perfect view of Lake Ontario and the pretty Beaches neighbourhood that surrounds it, makes this place a destination. Murphy’s Law has 24 varieties of craft beer on tap and a good stock of bourbons, pub grub and weekend brunch.
A comfortable patio to enjoy a view of the city from up above. The fifth floor patio seats 75, with views of the Financial District. The posh feeling of the patio is reflected in the menu and the clientele, so wear something nice if you’re planning a stop here.
The Chase is known for serving some of the best seafood in the city. Head up to the Liberty Village pub’s massive rooftop bar on Thursday and Saturday evenings for wide city views, gooey Brazen nachos and weekly live music. When the weather cooperates, local musicians will be on-hand to play low-key bar tunes and Top 40 covers.
Climb three flights of stairs to the sleek wooden patio, decked out with funky animal print benches and an array of colourful plants. With dark wood and white stucco against the blue sky, it kind of feels like you’re on a Mediterranean vacation. The Globe’s locally-minded and eco-conscious menu boasts elk and Ontario game and the chef offers a daily tasting menu, plus a killer brunch menu.
This patio offers a lovely view of downtown Toronto, particularly in the evening when the city lights up. Though there is seating available, some people may opt to take to their food and examine the view from different angles. Try not to drop any food over the railing!
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