Not just for tourists and the Happy Hour office crowd, The Library Bar continues to impress discerning palates with tasty meals (kitchen open past midnight for the jetlagged), well-mixed literary-themed cocktails and good whisky. Margaret Atwood’s Margarita or Joseph Boyden’s Grapefruit V&T ($15) might just inspire you to pen the next great novel. Afternoon tea ($48) is a Fairmont delight; the generous server happily packs extra scones for next-day enjoyment at home. Dinner appeals with well-executed favourites like steak frites ($28) and a delicious clubhouse sandwich ($23). Young-at-heart diners may be charmed by miniature bottles of ketchup and local honey.
The Library Bar is both romantic and appropriate for a business meeting, leopard-print overstuffed chairs notwithstanding. Everyone from Emirates flight attendants and Air Canada pilots to nervous first-date couples feel at home in this classy yet comfortable lounge. The Library Bar isn’t cheap (Afternoon Tea at The Ritz actually costs $8 less!) – but offers pretty good value and solid taste for the Union Station PATH corridor.