Drink Up

by Sarah Parniak | Last Updated 13 days ago


You’ve heard of dressing like a movie star? Here are some ways to drink like an A-lister. As celebrities head to town for the Film Festival, we’ve got the ­lowdown on what they like and the places that serve it up best.


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Keira Knightley

Starring in Laggies

The drink Knightley, who famously spilled red wine all over her Chanel Lagerfeld wedding dress (which, in awesomely irreverent and non-tradi­tional fashion, she continued to wear out partying well beyond her special day), obviously has a thing for fermented grape juice.

Where to get it Channel your inner English rose with a gorgeous Bordeaux from the insane wine cellar at Barberian’s (7 Elm, 416-597-0335, barberians.com), washed down with a delectably old-school steak dinner. Spilling isn’t actually encouraged.


Dustin Hoffman

Starring in Boychoir

The drink Hoffman, legend that he is, once stated in an interview with USA­ Today that he never hits the red carpet without at least one drink in him. ­Remember when Mrs. Robinson fed Hoffman’s young Benjamin a stiff three fingers of bourbon in The Graduate’s deliciously awkward seduction scene? It seems right to raise a tumbler of American whiskey to Hoffman’s upcoming visit to T.O.

Where to get it Get a little sauced and sexy at the Red Light (1185 Dundas West, 416-533-6667), where the back bar floweth over with bottles and bottles of ’Murcan corn whiskey.


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Bill Murray

Starring in St. Vincent, and a day in his honour, Friday (September 5)

The drink Is there a celebrity cooler than Bill Murray? Dude likes to party so much, he rolls around town buying rounds of shots at random bars, crashing bachelor parties and total strangers’ karaoke jams. Vodka (especially in shot form). He’s an investor in a brand called Slovenia vodka, and, he revealed to Esquire, an ice luge for frosty shots has become a staple at his annual Christmas party. (Who’s plotting to crash that?)

Where to get it Downtown’s cheapest dive of a party alley, Wide Open (139 Spadina, 416-727-5411, wideopenbar.ca), is hard to hit without downing at least an ounce of hard liquor.

If you’re seeking epic dance parties and shots to fuel them, hit the Hoxton (69 Bathurst, 647-400-4788, thehoxton.ca). Who knows? Maybe Murray will show up and challenge the DJ to a dance-off.


Tina Fey

Starring in This is Where I Leave You

The drink Hopefully, funny lady Fey will revisit the epic Golden Globes drinking game she orchestrated alongside equally hilarious Amy Poehler. The odds are good, since the sole necessities for said game are plentiful celebrities and copious amounts of booze…and deep pockets.

Where to find both Yorkville’s got some options. Hit d/bar (60 Yorkville, 416-963-6010, dbartoronto.com), where acclaimed films inspire an entire cocktail list. Movie mixology includes the Chariots Of Fire (Islay scotch, mezcal, Dubonnet, Pimm’s and Drambuie, $18) and the Slumdog Millionaire (Bermuda rum, Cointreau, sloe gin, plum bitters, cardamom and pineapple, $18). Don’t forget your ­credit card.

Boasting one of the loveliest views in town and the gorgeous new Parisian-inspired Colette Grand Café (colette­toronto.com) on the ground floor, the Thompson Hotel (550 Wellington West, 416-640-7778, thompsonhotels.com) has everything from fancy cocktails to wine to whiskey and beer. People-watching, a must for any good drinking session, won’t disappoint here.


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Jennifer Aniston

Starring in Cake

The drink Aniston, in true SoCal fashion, loves her margaritas. She never seems to crack, so maybe good tequila is the fountain of youth. The only way we can test this theory is by going on a margarita diet for the duration of TIFF – in the name of research and ­development, of course.

Where to get it Head to Toronto’s proliferating tequila joints (most of which cleverly also serve tacos) and decide for yourself who mixes the meanest ­margarita.

El Catrin in the Distillery District (18 Tank House, 416-203-2121, elcatrin.ca) offers variations on tequila’s famous cocktail – from the Mayan (Milagro reposado, Patron Citronge, tamarind and citrus, $12.50) to the Frutas Fresca (Tromba blanco, Patron Citronge, agave with fresh fruit, $11). For a thirsty crew, pitchers of margaritas run from $45 to $47.

Right in the thick of TIFF-land, El ­Caballito (220 King West, 416-628-9838, elcaballito.ca) has a big selection of ­tequilas for your margarita gulping pleasure. Go classic ($9.50) or spring for the tasty Manny’s Margarita (pink peppercorn- and juniper-infused blanco, triple sec, citrus and agave, $11.50).

If you’re craving an excellent ­margarita in a laid-back atmosphere, Reposado (136 Ossington, 416-532-6474, reposadobar.com) is where to look.


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