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Food and ambience

Local cuisine, Bar, Canadian, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Bar Scene, Business meetings
About
Literary greats are famous for reinvention. Experience the next golden age of cocktail culture. A timeless meeting place that remains the undercurrent of Toronto's metropolitan character, Library Bar returns as the famed cocktail den cloaked beyond a secret corner of the illustrious Fairmont Royal York hotel. Throughout the bar's evolution as the city's coveted martini institution, Library Bar personifies the fabled legacy as the electric space where such walls can divulge tales from the night we met to the fervent thrill in closing the deal.
PRICE RANGE
$29 - $57
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
CUISINES
Bar, Canadian, Contemporary
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
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Reviewed 12 January 2024

We went for dinner. The food and drinks were spectacular. The service was very good as well. I would highly recommend this establish for both food and drinks.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 20 December 2023

We had a long wait before our flight so we made reservations to have lunch here. This is great spot to have a bite with a wonderful atmosphere and good service. I had 3 open face sandwiches and they were delicious. I also enjoyed a...couple cocktails as well. Next time I’m in town I’ll definitely stop by again.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 8 November 2023

This is cozy spot in downtown Toronto for drink and quick bites. It is a must visit for us when we are in the city. The place is always packed, so you might want to plan the visit since they do not accept reservations, but...it is worth. The atmosphere is wonderful, the service is excellent, the food and drinks are splendid not to be missed!!More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 17 October 2023 via mobile

Top notch friendly service. Delicious lunch menu. Had the 3 open faced sandwiches. All beautifully prepared. Excellent classic martini.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 9 August 2023 via mobile

An exceptional experience tasting some of the finest cocktails in a quirky, inviting environment. Definitely a destination to visit

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 27 July 2023 via mobile

This is an absolutely spectacular bar. It is a combination of historic, refinement, and warm atmosphere. The list of cocktails is quite impressive. Creations by their master mixologist dominate the list. They also offer traditional, classic cocktails. The drinks and the service were excellent. Prices...were on the high side. Regular cocktails, cost what you would expect from a high-end establishment in Downtown Toronto, with some cocktails costing as much as $120. But, what a gorgeous place to relax with a delicious cocktail! Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 26 April 2023

A great night of laughs, drinks and fries (everyone must order the fries!!!) Thank you to the incredible staff - Rene, Joe and Meiko!

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 15 April 2023

Stopped by for an afternoon drink at the Library. Staff very pleasant and accommodating. Also very attentive even though it was busy.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 22 March 2023

Extremely cool cocktails and a hell of an atmosphere if you're a lover of all things literature and folk like I am. Drinks were on the house thanks to the hospitable staff noticing it was my partner's birthday. 10/10. We will be back!

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 13 January 2023 via mobile

I came with my friend and had an amazing cocktails!! We've been served by bartender Joey he was very friendly and polite. Would definitely come back and recommend to my friends!!!

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 14 December 2022

Had lovely nibbles and three different cocktails to start our late afternoon in the city. Service was attentive.

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 4 October 2022

Comfy seating great service the mussels were delicious. All at our table were more than happy with their food and drinks.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 14 September 2022

It's OK for drinks, and the service was pretty good. Wasn't as noisy as the lobby bar. Was definitely disappointed in the food menu - selection is pretty limited.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 12 August 2022

Our Hostel Marina, and our Server CJ were excellent. CJ was observant, attentive, and very hospitable. We enjoyed celebrating our 48 Wedding anniversary with our stay at the hotel and CJ made it very memorable on our last day with delicious cocktails, espresso coffee and...very yummy desserts. Thank you so much.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 12 July 2022

We had an early dinner prior to the ballet and wanted to have a night cap and dessert. The Library provided an intriguing menu and we love books and wood, thus the ambiance of the bar was perfect. We recommend you make reservations as this...place is quite busy! We were fortunate to get in and the service was excellent. My husband had the Storytime dessert and I had the Melba Royale. The storytime comes with an actual story. The milling of smoke in the glass cover was wonderful and the taste unique in a pleasant way. The melba royale was nice and light with the raspberries and peaches playing nicely together on your tongue. We also had the Secretariat drink and Birdbath Martini. Not sure what to order from this creative menu? Be daring and trust the advice of your server, they will not lead you in the wrong direction. You won't be disappointed. Worth the price.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Didn't ask for gf but I'd be shocked if they didn't have good choice.
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Response from aunmm86 | Reviewed this property |
I had lunch there which was delicious I am sure they have a dinner menu with equally tasty items.
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Library Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5