Cold Tea is one of Toronto’s best hidden gems. Nestled in the heart of Kensington Market, it offers a twist on a classic tradition.
At Cold Tea, prismatic LED lights play off gleaming white tiles, the hip-hop is just loud enough, and patrons are made to feel at home where their preferred tipple is a Rob Roy or Rolling Rock. The bar is named after the infamous after-last-call tradition in Toronto’s Chinatown, wherein ad order of “cold tea” is known to get you a teapot filled with beer. While the bar does not serve beer teapots, they do serve a perfect margarita, finished with a sprinkle of sea salt deposited directly into the glass.
The bar is hidden inside a Kensington Market mall. Enter through the door marked with a gleaming red light.
Cold Tea is No. 15 on our inaugural Canada’s Best Bars list
60 Kensington Ave. Toronto