The Art of Cozy

While patio season was a whirl, the cold weather brings with it the desire to hunker down with a good book. Thankfully, the city is abundant with hot spots for warming your spirits. Whether you need a full-fledged night out or just want to cure your cabin fever, here’s our go-to guide of places where you can practice the art of cozy this season.

C’est What
One of the city’s most well-known hidden gems, C’est What is located in the basement of 67 Front Street East. The large yet intimate brewpub features over 40 taps and a well-rounded pub menu. Loved for its versatile space, the spot is perfect for large gatherings, solo outings, casual meetings or rowdy get-togethers. What truly shines for most are their big comfy seats by the grand fireplace that is perfect for curling up. Spend your day with a pint and a book with the warmth of the fire on your cheeks and even the iciest of hearts will be melted.

The Comrade
The dim lighting and romantic decor of this bar at 758 Queen Street East make it a dreamy neighbourhood hangout. While at first glance The Comrade may appear mysterious to passers-by, locals return for the impressive cocktail and snack list. Spend a cold evening wrapped in soft candlelight (ideal for first dates).  Chat up the bartender and be a stone’s throw away from neighbouring parties.

Boxcar Social
Having had great success with their uptown location, Boxcar Social‘s Riverside space is the perfect balance of cool industrial and cozy. The cafe/bar hybrid serves up coffee, teas and hot chocolate (sometimes spiked with rum!) during the day and by night offers up an expansive wine and brew menu. The cafe is set up to be whatever you want it to be. From a place to work from your laptop to an evening meetup to a local night out, Boxcar’s evolving open-concept space always feels like home. Check it out for yourself at 4 Boulton Avenue.

Snakes & Lattes
Since their opening in 2010, Snakes and Lattes has been a huge hit. For $5 you can browse the thousands of board games that are kept in book shelves and play with old or new friends. Spend your day on a Battle Ship or winding around the Monopoly board. From Jenga to Buzzwords to Clue to Snakes and Ladders and everything in between, the cold winter days will be a distant memory after a few rolls of the dice. The cafe features an espresso bar and snacks to keep your strength up. There are two Snakes and Lattes locations in Toronto, one in the Annex at 800 Bloor Street West and one on College at 489 College Street West.

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Feature image via Boxcar Social.