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10 Best Cocktails

CANADIAN COCKTAIL CLUB On the 54th floor of the TD Bank Tower Canoe Restaurant and Bar‘s, clean design welcomes patrons with a stylish interpretation of this country’s rich environment before serving up creative Canadian cuisine. Stay for after-dinner drinks and order a Sangra-La ($12) from mixologist Jeff Swanson, a concoction of tasty add-ins like red wine, brandy and a mix of fruits.

TOP-FLOOR TROPIC High above the sweltering sidewalks, on the 18th floor of the Park Hyatt Hotel, the Roof Lounge offers a world of refined luxury and elegant decor. Take a Mango Bourbon Sour ($15)—bourbon sweetened with mango juice in a lime-rimmed glass—out to the terrace and soak up stunning views of the city. 4 Avenue Rd., 416-924-5471.

THE SWEETEST SIP It’s no surprise that Lobby—equal parts bar, restaurant and lounge—made its cocktail du jour a hybrid of enjoyment. Order the Lemon Meringue Martini ($16) for a dessert-like drink.

A FRUITFUL FORCE From the bright and bold sign outside to the glass walls and expansive seating within, after-dinner drinks at Flow are anything but low-key. Shake things up with a Mango Margarita ($12), part mango treat and part tequila party.

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE Unique in its authenticity and affection for the mother country, Pravda Vodka Bar carries a different vodka brand for every taste—more than 70 varietals in all. Feel the Russian chill with their classic cocktail, the Red Square Martini ($10). (Please note that there is a location change as of early August to 44 Wellington St.)

BRAZILIAN BOOST With its contemporary European furniture, the relaxed sophistication at Avenue may seem like a surprising setting for a Brazilian cocktail. But order the Passionfruit Caipirinha ($18) and the distinct Cachaca Rum-filled number will invigorate you from your perch at the awe-inspiring 20-foot onyx bar.

OLD SCHOOL THROWBACK A welcome reprieve from roped-off lounges, the King Edward Hotel’s old-fashioned Consort Bar oozes charm with comfortable wing-chairs and a polished-wood bar. Relax with the Lychee Martini ($13), while people-watching from the other side of the eight-foot-high windows that overlook King Street.

SENSORY OVERLOAD An oasis of chic and elite, Senses Bar exudes the same clean and modern feeling of its hotel, the SoHo Metropolitan. Indulge in the Affair ($14), an ode to the pleasures of pomegranate. 318 Wellington St. W., 416-935-0400.

MUSIC MAKER As lively as it is old, Melody Bar at the Gladstone Hotel continues to win rave reviews around the city for its popular weekend Karaoke and eclectic crowd. Drinks like the Amaretto Sour ($5.75) keep the party moving well into the night.

EXCLUSIVE TASTE See and be seen at Amber, the all-white, Japanese-influenced bar and lounge in the Yorkville enclave. Trendsetters, style-makers and business moguls try to move mountains to get in and enjoy Amber’s revered cocktails, including the Soho Boutique Martini ($13), a lychee martini with a hint of vanilla and a touch of tropical fruit.

—Jaclyn Greenberg

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