Breakfast at the Hilton! ;)
Waking up one morning on a business trip, going down at the restaurant for breakfast at the Airport Hilton.
I felt a bit "thirsty" but, for once, I was a bit shy..
Then the waiter asks my buddy Justin "The Pfeiffe Dog" Pfeiffer what he wants to drink.:
" I'll have a Molson Export."
- Pardon me, Sir?
- I'll have a Molson Export..
The waiter raises a brow and writes it down.
-And for you, Sir?
-Make that 2 Exports!!
( I loved that business trip! )
Near Yonge and Front Streets...
Near Yonge and Front Streets you will fin BCE Place. Therein be SURE to visit Movenpick for an eating experience you will never forget! It has just everything you will like, also a wonderful place to meet friends! I miss how easy it is to go and listen to the best music in the world. Climb on a streetcar or the subway ad glide to the front doors of Roy Thompson Hall, The Montreal Bistro, Mezzeta bistro.
The art gallery of Ontario (AGO), Harbourfront with it's many boutiques, incredible live music groups are just some of te good things I remember. One of the tallest structures in the world, the CN Tower is a must.
I would take them to High...
I would take them to High Park. Full of beautiful flowers and trees, a huge swimming pool, tennis courts, plenty of beautiful paths to explore...a wonderful place for families to relax and enjoy the great outdoors, and right in the city! There are too many other beautiful parks to mention. I miss the people most. They are so friendly and considerate. Never have I had so many wonderful experiences with such a friendly crowd.
Laws in Ontario
The laws concerning alcohol consumption in Toronto follow mostly Ontario laws. The government regulates all sales of beer, wine and liquor, so you can expect prices to be expensive here.
Even local wines and beers will cost you more than one might think. Expect to pay 10-15 CAD dollars for a bottle of wine (even ones made in Ontario) in LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) and 25+ for a bottle in restaurants. Some restaurants let you bring your own wine, but will charge a dispensing fee and per cup. I haven't actually seen any restaurants that do this, but they are out there.
Beer is sold in LCBO and places called the 'The Beer Store'. Again, no alcohol is sold in grocery stores, convenience stores or private enterprises (with the exeption of wine where you can buy at some 'Vincor' outlets known as Wine Rack or some wineries. Also, some northern Ontario towns do sell booze in convenience stores. Check which province you are in, because it varies in Quebec and western provinces. Cases of beer are also exorbitant. A 6 pack of Heinekin is likely to cost 12-13 dollars. In a bar, you can expect to pay 5-6 dollars.
Note in restaurants, you are charged for not only GST/PST (VAT) taxes, but also 10% provincial alcohol tax.
Liquor is the same. Expect to pay 30 dollars for the more common liquors, like rum, vodka and whiskey for 40oz or 750mL bottles. In a bar, 6-7 dollars is the norm. Note, this does not include gratituties, should you tip (usually a dollar a drink).
Hours of beer stores/LCBO/Wine rack stores range, but are open 7 days a week. Usually 9:00pm or 10:00pm are closing hours. Legal consumption of alcohol in restaurants and bars are not allowed before 11:00AM. Open alcohol in public areas is illegal. To avoid fines, you need to drink in LCBO licensed areas only. The legal drinking age in Ontario is 19.
Torontonians do like to drink, but as our government likes to remind us, it's a privilege we have to pay for.
We, in Canada, are a little different than our neighbour to the south, the US. If you've done a lot of travelling around the States, you'll notice that you can get liquor and beer at local grocery stores and even corner shops. In Canada we are licensed under the Liquor Control Board. Every province has one and here, in Toronto, its called the LCBO. This is the place you'll need to go if you want to buy liquor or any type of alcohol. We also have a store designated solely for Beer. Its name is obvious and easy to spot: The Beer Store. You will not be able to buy any type of alcohol in a supermarket here and you will be asked for ID always if purchasing from one of the above mentioned.