There are only a few weeks left of summer so that means time to top up your bar cart and shine up your glassware. There is no time like the present to host a crew for those artistic cocktails you’ve been meaning to craft. If you need a little inspiration, head to any one of these cocktail supply stores in Toronto which have everything you need to master your mojito or perfect your Pimm’s cup. Do yourself and your squad a favour, and invest in your home bartending situation for the next time you host a gathering.
Keep reading for 6 of Toronto’s best cocktail supply stores!
There are two Cocktail Emporium locations downtown, the painted-pink stores on Kensington Avenue and at Queen and Shaw – both outposts are emporiums in all senses of the word. Here you’ll find everything you need to stock a brand new bar cart, from accessories and mixes, to bitters, tonics, and all types of glassware. This is definitely the place to go if you need to get your creative juices flowing, especially if you’re a sucker for kitsch.
The cocktail and speciality food shop on Queen West, Organic Boutique has all your party fixin’s, whether you’re doing cocktails and canapés for a dinner party or potluck. It’s a bit of a cabinet of curiosities here and you can tell the shelves are lined with a lot of intention. Stock up on a bar tools, glassware, bitters, and syrups. Plus you can also grab organic treats from across the world, like antipasto and fancy crackers, pickles, and artisan pasta.
If you’re up for a fairly no-frills shopping experience, Nella is the place to go for bulk purchases to stock your kitchen and home bar, or your catering business. This is a restaurant equipment supply store, so you can bank on finding everything under the sun here, from bar towels and muddlers, to chafing dishes and beyond. If you’re serious about throwing pretty large-scale, full-service parties at home and need the equipment to do it, make Nella your go-to. Plus, you can keep an eye on the workshops roster for opportunities to hone your entertaining skills.
Tap Phong has been a Chinatown mainstay since the ’80s as it’s been family-owned and operated for 3 generations, and is lauded as the city’s ‘fullest and move loved restaurant supply store.’ Most millenials know it as the place to go in Chinatown to stock your apartment after you move because the store is filled with a selection of super inexpensive, commercial grade kitchen and barware that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. Expect to shop staples like ice buckets, liquor pourers, quality knives, and a smattering of fun accessories like skull-shaped highball glasses.
The housewares and home decor chain, Kitchen Stuff Plus, delivers an easy, no-stress shopping experience with its modern, organized and clean stores with helpful service at a way cheaper price point than other supply stores. There are 7 stores in Toronto and the GTA and you can count on all of them to cater to your adulting needs with modern, high-quality tools for the bar and kitchen, and lots of sales. You’ll likely discover what gadgets you didn’t know you needed.
This indie retailer on the Danforth serves the community’s family needs with a range of homeware from toys and backpacks for kids, to bar and tableware for you. What really makes IQ Living shine is its focus on eco-friendly products, so you’ll find brands like PlanetBox, Bumbu, Kikkerland, and more. The shopping experience is so effortless, you’ll be surprised this is an independent shop. Expect big selection, and lots of creativity in the mix.
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