'Tis the season for eating and imbibing. It's that time of year when both your calendar and cup are equally overflowing with all things delicious. This festive time calls for a little indulgence, and we're here for it. Forget holiday hibernation — we're trading in our day pyjamas for some sparkle at these must-visit bars and restaurants around Toronto's lively King West neighbourhood.

From cozy date-night spots to wood-fired fare and a late night cocktail emporium with some of the best pizza in the city, King West has it all. We've narrowed down our top choices for your next night out. Whether you're with a big group or looking for a more intimate setting, these are the best King West restaurants and bars to check out right now.

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The best cocktail bar near King West for large groups: The Black Pearl

Tucked along Pearl Street's unassuming laneway, you'll find the luminescent red entrance of The Black Pearl. Inside awaits a cocktail emporium that can take you from after-work drinks to late-night live music and DJ sets. 

The sprawling space has an intimate feel with sleek, living-room style couches and chairs, a glowing brick-lined bar and elegant pool tables to hit up with your pals. It's the perfect spot for listening and lounging with colleagues, friends, or co-workers who are also your friends. In need of a holiday party venue? The Black Pearl's epic space is ideal for all things merry and bright. 

This sultry meets edgy bar also has amazing specials. From Monday to Saturday they have drinks starting at $5 from 5 p.m., $6 from 6 p.m., and $7 from 7–8 p.m. Hello, happy hours! While you're here, you must order their in-house New York-style pizzas, crisp along the edge yet soft enough to fold in half — and absolutely divine. 


The best King West restaurant for date night: Lapinou Bistro

Dinner at Lapinou is like taking a trip back in time to a 19th-century Parisian brasserie, but with a touch of modern panache. From exposed beams and red bricks to the curved marble bar, it oozes chicness and a little je ne sais quoi.

This season, add a sprinkle of luxe to your week with executive chef Ben Heaton's limited edition truffle tasting menu. From now until December 30th, guests can enjoy five courses for $130 (per person), with optional wine pairings for $75. Plus, their new seasonal cocktail menu features unique and enticing hot bevvies and cold serves. 


The best King West restaurant for foodie friends: Shook 

Beat winter blues with the warmth of Shook's wood-fired oven and Middle-Eastern-inspired cuisine. From dips of vibrant muhammara and lamb kofta to labneh cheesecake for dessert, you'll be thinking about the spices and the scents from their new evening menu long after your last plate is cleared.  

The dinner menu is available daily from 5 p.m. until late, with DJs playing on Friday and Saturday from 8 p.m. And keep your eyes peeled for their upcoming Golden Hour (happy hour) with cocktail features from 5 to 7 p.m. daily.