Serving delicious cocktails - plus wine and craft beer - in a relaxed, neighbourhood setting.  

Like great stories, great drinks come in all shape and sizes.  So no matter your taste - in books or cocktails - you're sure to find something here you'll love.


Marlene, Proprietor & Book Lover.

Photo: NOW Magazine, Toronto's Best Bars (March 2017)


After more than fifteen years in the corporate world, Marlene decided to combine her two great passions - books and cocktails - and head in a new direction.  Famous Last Words comes from her desire to create a warm, inviting and approachable space for anyone who loves books and drinks, regardless of their knowledge level or experience with cocktails. A self-professed book nerd, she is currently living vicariously through the myriad book clubs who congregate at Famous Last Words. 

Marlene grew up in Gander, Newfoundland, but has lived in Toronto since 1998.  She and her husband (who can be found manning the record player most weekends) moved into the Junction in 2006 and still live in the area.  Along with an accomplished staff of creative and skilled bartenders, they continue to be blown away by the incredible response from the neighbourhood and are grateful to have the support of so many amazing guests night after night.

The Dream Team

The Dream Team




Toronto's Best Bars - NOW Magazine, March 2017

'This newish, bookish Junction cocktail bar takes its chosen theme to the next level. Named for a Timothy Findley novel, the bar has walls adorned with books that set the tone of the lit-flecked drinks list (also a book, complete with index). The names of literary characters are camouflaged in thousands of Scrabble tiles that adorn the bar-top, and the cocktails range from stark (like the iceless Aperol spritz called Beautiful Ruins, $11.50) to more complex (like the tequila and mezcal-based Gold Finch, with pineapple-sage shrub and Chartreuse, $15). 

Unsurprisingly, it's a haven for book clubs - in fact, the bar donates $20 to a literacy program for every group they host - but the option of combing the shelves and curling up in front of the fireplace with a Manhattan might make this the best bar in the city to enjoy alone.'

Sarah Parniak's best new Toronto bars of 2016 - NOW Magazine, December 2016

Now Open: Famous Last Words is a literary-themed watering hole - Toronto Star, Dec. 2016