Coffee by day, cocktails by night: Introducing Toronto’s Lisbon Hotel

In Corktown, Lisbon Hotel throws the rulebook out the window when it comes to your typical coffee spot or cocktail bar. Opening its doors on January 26, this restaurant takes you on a journey from a charming café by day to a fun cocktail bar with a globally inspired menu when the sun sets. Despite its name, Lisbon Hotel isn’t in the business of room keys or pastéis de nata — it offers  freshly roasted coffee, creative cocktails and delicious eats.

Lisbon Hotel draws inspiration from European art hotels, creating a cozy and bright space adorned with Persian rugs. It’s located in an award-winning building designed by the renowned Canadian architectural firm Saucier + Perrotte.

Hospitality veteran Adam Hijazi and River city developer  David Wex,  have joined forces to shape Lisbon Hotel into a space for both coffee enthusiasts and cocktail connoisseurs.

“Our goal is to establish an exceptional bar and café with straightforward operations and widespread appeal. Lisbon Hotel will feature a globally-inspired menu, allowing the quality of ingredients to take centre stage,” says Hijazi.

As the sun rises, Lisbon Hotel welcomes guests with freshly roasted coffee, providing a caffeine fix that pairs perfectly with an array of baked goods from Barbershop Patisserie and Baker & Scone. The venue transitions seamlessly into an evening hot spot, offering a carefully curated menu of libations crafted by expert bartenders.

The rotating cocktail menu offers unique drinks like the Not a Martini with gin, akvavit, herbs and basil oil. There’s also the Lobby Spritz, a fizzy highball with limoncello and the “Daisy 0.0%,” a tasty non-alcoholic option with bitter aperitivo, lemongrass and ginger for a delicious balance.

General manager Sally Gillespie, a seasoned hospitality professional with experience at renowned bars like Bar Raval and PrettyUgly Bar, takes the lead at Lisbon Hotel. Beyond daily operations, Sally curates special programming, including a weekday aperitivo hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The menu at Lisbon Hotel boasts a tempting selection of flavour-forward dishes, including garlic shrimp & shishitos, ricotta and pear toast with port-poached pears and crispy prosciutto, warm chorizo with green sauce and a winter citrus salad with endive, radicchio and spiced pecans. The Cheese Boutique supplies a variety of cured meats, cheeses and preserves, creating a perfect complement to the ice-cold cocktails.

Lisbon Hotel located at 19 Lawren Harris Square will make its debut on January 26. Starting in spring, the 36-seat café-bar will be open from 7:30 a.m. to midnight, serving flavourful meals all day.

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