Toronto Tour Profile: Chantecler

Since 2012 Chantecler (1320 Queen Street West) has been a Parkdale favourite. Earlier this year, a change in Executive Chef and hours of operation have taken this staple and somehow made it even more popular.

Chantecler | Bartender Atlas
Photo: Jessica Blaine Smith

The menu is divided into a section of snacks or plates to share suitable to munch on while sipping on something from the carefully curated wine list, a classic cocktail or one of owner Jacob Wharton-Shukster’s creations. The room evokes a classic European meets modern Lower East side mood. You feel like you are somewhere more historical than you actually are. The size of the room makes this a perfect date spot. You have no choice but to sit close and speak quietly.

Chantecler | Bartender Atlas
Photo: Jessica Blaine Smith

Jacob’s cocktail creation style is heavily influenced by the delicacy of classic cocktails. His drinks hide their sometimes boozy after-effects behind perfectly entwined light and fresh flavours.

For the Bartender Atlas Toronto Tour Bar Hop, Chantecler has a Barrel Aged White Manhattan on offer. Dillon’s White Rye, laid to rest for weeks with two kinds of vermouth will make for a boozy first stop in Parkdale.

Chantecler | Bartender Atlas
Photo: Jessica Blaine Smith
Chantecler | Bartender Atlas
Photo: Jessica Blaine Smith

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