Dine at this swanky Yorkville spot that was inspired by some of Canada’s best authors

When 5 p.m. hits, the lobby of the Park Hyatt starts to get busy, as people leave the work day behind and make their way to the seventeenth floor of the hotel.

The return of the iconic rooftop cocktail bar, now known as Writers Room, pays homage to the history of literary legends that shared moments in the Park Hyatt Toronto hotel, including Canadian writers like Margaret Atwood and Farley Mowat. This clever interpretation of a classic cocktail bar reflects the bar’s historical significance as a gathering spot for great minds as they take in the unparalleled Toronto skyline views.

The menu features a carefully curated selection of seven stirred cocktails, whose names were inspired by Canada’s literary scene.

The Wordsmith ($22) features dark rum, calvados, sweet vermouth, herbal liqueur, and bitters. The Perpetual Motion ($33) blends scotch, yellow chartreuse, and a house amaro blend. The Red Purse ($31) is made with cognac, angostura, peychaud’s, and absinthe and is a tribute to Atwood’s Cat’s Eye. Those in search of something a bit sweeter might like The Age of Mass Culture ($18) which spotlights blanco tequila, fino sherry, amontillado sherry, elderflower, and yuzu, or The National Treasures ($20) which fuses Canadian rye, sweet vermouth, banana, and Islay Scotch. Floral and citrus  elements can be found in Of Granite and Tweed ($19) which uses gin, blanc aperitif, gentian, and chamomile and the Bookends ($21) made from Japanese whisky, dry vermouth, amaro and orange.

Along with their cocktail program, The Writer’s Room bar offers a selection of spirits, bottled beer, and wines by the glass or bottle.

The dinner menu is quite inclusive, and features plenty of light bites that are perfect for nibbling, as well as heartier mains. A raw section includes oysters by the half dozen, tuna or beef tartare, and scallop crudo. Vegetarian and vegan options include the Southern fried maitake mushroom, the eggplant caponata, or the burrata, served with roasted shepherd peppers, chilli oil and sourdough bread. Mains include a variety of seafood and meat dishes, including a 12-ounce Koji aged steak, whole grilled branzino, whole grilled octopus, or the humble smash burger topped with truffle burger sauce, american cheddar and caramelized onions.

The Writer’s Room Bar is located at 4 Avenue Rd. and is open Sunday to Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. to 12 a.m. and from Thursday to Saturday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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