Bar Raval In Little Italy Is ‘Canada’s Best’

City Living, College Street / Little Italy, Restaurants

Bar Raval, a little gem of a restaurant, recently just celebrated their sixth year anniversary! Accolades for this restaurant can be heard near and far. In fact, in November 2020 they were selected as one of the best bars in the world by a global list known as The World’s 50 Best Bars, an annual directory that celebrates the best of the international drinks industry. Bar Raval was the only Canadian name on that global list! Additionally, in June 2020 – for the third year in a row – Bar Raval came in first place on the “Canada’s Best Bars” list.

No establishment could ask for higher accolades than that!

Photo courtesy of TorontoLife


Located on the corner of College Street and Palmerston Avenue, Bar Raval was once described by BlogTO as a unique take on “Spanish revivalism [that] is a legitimate sensation” – and we couldn’t agree more! Cleverly curated and creatively executed, their fine food and beverage menu is exceptional!

We recommend trying their delicious selection of tinned fish (which is a staple in Spain and Portugal), with a side of their tomato bread, and their citrus salad! Complete this meal with their new classic cocktail known as “I CAN’T EVEN” which is made of Stoli Vodka, Hibiscus, Dry Vermouth & Lime.

The best part? During the pandemic, Bar Raval offers cocktail packages! They provide you with all the bar ingredients to make your favourite drinks right at home. Orders can be placed online, all you need to do is to order food with your alcohol order, which won’t be difficult to do because their menu is so tantalizing!


Photo courtesy of Suresh Doss for Post City


The best measure of any bar or restaurant is the experience, so we encourage you to treat yourself to a night out at ‘Canada’s Best’ (once the city’s bars and restaurants are able to reopen in full). The alluring ambiance is felt as soon as you walk in the door, thanks in no small part to the stunning interior design! It was reported that founders Robin Goodfellow, Mike Webster and Grant van Gameren, invested a cool $200,000 in the renovation – and oh was it worth it! According to Toronto Life, award-winning Ontario design firm PARTISANS designed the gorgeous mahogany interior, reminiscent of a “super-stylish grotto”. The resulting atmosphere feels warm and alive, with a sense that something exciting is happening here and you’re a part of it.


Photo by Dan Gillespie for Toronto Life, with thanks!


What tasty eats! Even though I don’t often opt for this kind of fare (think plancha-grilled seafood, quail eggs on blood sausage, and steamed leeks on romesco) the simple and cleanly presented apps were quite pleasing to the palette! And, as I consider myself somewhat of a cocktail connoisseur, I sampled three of their concoctions (for the full experience, of course!)


Photo courtesy of BlogTO

Photo courtesy of BlogTO


So until things return to a certain normal, you can still indulge in a bite of Barcelona by ordering their fine fare and cocktails via takeout or delivery – 12pm to 10pm.

Bar Raval
505 College Street, Toronto
Open Everyday, 12pm-10pm


In my opinion, Little Italy is one of the city’s top neighbourhoods for scrumptious food and drink. If you lived at 200 Clinton – The Button Factory – you’d be only minutes away! In fact, we’re proud to have just brought to market #3 (for the first time in 17 years!), which is a 1bed+den unit offered for sale at $1,569,000! We call it, An Authentic Brick & Beam Loft Townhouse In Little Italy’s Button Factory.



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