Canadian whisky at Parlor, plus Toronto's first bartender scavenger hunt
Calling all bartenders: Toronto’s first bar scavenger hunt kicks off December 1. As participants meet up to 100 challenges – like rocking a ridiculous moustache behind the bar or asking someone to dance – success shots will be posted on Instagram @torontobarhunt with the hashtag #TOBARHUNT for the chance to win daily and grand prizes. Learn more at the launch party on Monday (November 30) from 7 to 10 pm at Momofuku Nikai (190 University, 647-253-6226, momofuku.com/toronto/nikai) or online at facebook.com/torontobarhunt.
Parlor, a restaurant and bar committed to all things Canadian, helmed by chefs and owners Brett Howson and Jason D’anna, opens this week in the space that used to be Paese (333 King West, 416-596-0004, parlorfoods.com). The kitchen showcases local ingredients, and the bar, headed up by Japhet Bower (the Grove, the Whippoorwill), stocks mostly Canadian whisky (ryes and otherwise) and other local spirits.