Better Know A Blogger: Jeff Eager
Toronto’s buzzing cocktail culture can make for a great night out, that is, if you know where to go. This is the very raison d'être of Jeff Eager and his site TorontoDrinksWeekly.com – connecting bars and patrons through a single channel. Now in its third year of operation, Jeff is taking the leap into the software world with the release of the Toronto Drinks Weekly app, a handheld guide to cocktails in the city. Société Perrier met with Jeff to find out more about his favourite mixologists, drinks and top T.O. bars.
Toronto is home to countless great cocktail establishments, but Jeff has a special two that come to mind: BarChef, the craft cocktail mixology masters on Queen West, and Fynns of Temple Bar, where mixologist Robin James invents cocktail after cocktail like a mad scientist on a mission. By the way, he highly recommends Robin’s bacon- and dill-infused vodkas.
As for the city's current nice places, Orbit Room heads the list. Some of Canada’s biggest musicians can often be found hanging out there, and of course, the drinks are fantastic. Other places to check out include Parlour and Locus 144. If your objective is to go to some of the best parties in town, Jeff stands by Bloke & 4th, Cube and the Bovine Sex Club as guaranteed good times.
With a blog/company name like Toronto Drinks Weekly, we expect Jeff to have a precise opinion on the best drink for summer 2012. “I'm not really sure if this qualifies as a cocktail, but hear me out for a second. The perfect summer patio drink is a Smeer – the Smirnoff Ice and light beer combination. Now I'm not talking about the pre-packaged, I mean the old-school, bartender-mixed Smeers.” He’s quick to add that he also enjoys a fancy twist on the Greyhound, which consists in adding a splash of Perrier to the vodka and grapefruit classic.
You can catch up with Jeff and other TDW fans by joining them on their bimonthly ‘Discovery Pubcrawl’ as they scour the streets of Toronto in search of the best and most unique bars, pubs and lounges in the city in order to present them straight up to you.
Image by Jeff Eager