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Best bar/lounge areas in restaurants for drinks and a nibble -- midtown/uptown?

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Best bar/lounge areas in restaurants for drinks and a nibble -- midtown/uptown?

TorontoJo | Feb 21, 2010 02:06 PM

Sometimes DH and I don't want to have a full dinner, but enjoy just having a drink and an appetizer or two. We feel guilty doing that at a regular table in a restaurant, but are much more comfortable in a bar area or lounge of a restaurant. For example, we like the bar at Coquine when we're in the mood for a rather boisterous environment. Even the bar at Milestones (I know, I know) at Empress Walk is good for a drink right before catching a movie there.

Unfortunately, it seems like most of the restaurants we frequent don't have a bar area in which to do this. So I'm turning to the hounds -- what are your recs for good spots for this kind of experience? Anything from quiet and intimate to loud and buzzing are good. Midtown to uptown would be preferred. Any kind of cuisine is fine.

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