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Taco Bell Announces Plans to Serve Alcohol in Select Canadian Locations

Taco Bell Announces Plans to Serve Alcohol in Select Canadian Locations

By Ambia Staley

If you've ever craved an adult beverage with your tacos and burritos, you'll soon get your wish, as Taco Bell recently announced plans to offer alcoholic beverages in select restaurants starting this June.

Amanda Clark, general manager of Taco Bell Canada said about the decision, "This announcement highlights how committed we are to further growing our business, and how devoted we are to building deeper relationships with our customers and evolving the way they experience our brand."

This move is the latest in a growing trend of quick-serve restaurants adding an alcoholic beverage option to their menus. KFC introduced beer to their menu in 2 KFC Fresh locations in Toronto last fall, and Starbucks continues to serve wine and craft beers on their evening menu in select Canadian locations despite the program being pulled in the United States this past January.

Currently Taco Bell Canada's flagship store at 484 Queen Street West in Toronto is expected to introduce alcohol to its menu first. As of now, Taco Bell says customers can expect a beer selection only, but if you were looking forward to adding something a little harder to your Mountain Dew, there is a potential for other alcoholic beverages to be added to the menu down the road.

Canada currently has 170 Taco Bell locations in over 7 provinces, however the chain has announced their intention to one day have as many as 700 locations across the country. It's unclear how many of these locations could potentially have alcohol on their menu in the future.

What are your thoughts on this announcement? Are you planning to head to your local Taco Bell and sip beer with your Doritos Cheesy Gordita Crunch once it becomes available? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

23 Comments

    • As much as I'm against this it makes sense because only drunk people eat at tacobell
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    • This is terrible! I love taking my kids for tacos at Taco Bell, but if there's alcohol served, we definitely won't be going! This takes away the family-friendly atmosphere, and also pushes away customers who are religious or who try to avoid alcohol for various reasons.
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    • christinet wrote:
      May 2nd, 2017 10:35 pm
      This is terrible! I love taking my kids for tacos at Taco Bell, but if there's alcohol served, we definitely won't be going! This takes away the family-friendly atmosphere, and also pushes away customers who are religious or who try to avoid alcohol for various reasons.
      It may impact only one or two locations in your area but if those locations include your favourite one, then maybe a detour to another location without a licence is in order. Like food courts in malls.
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    • I don't know why alcohol isn't served anywhere that food is served. It doesn't make Boston pizza, earls, or any other food chain less family friendly. In the states it's served in every corner store in the country.
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    • christinet wrote:
      May 2nd, 2017 10:35 pm
      This is terrible! I love taking my kids for tacos at Taco Bell, but if there's alcohol served, we definitely won't be going! This takes away the family-friendly atmosphere, and also pushes away customers who are religious or who try to avoid alcohol for various reasons.
      Lots of reasons not to take your kids to Taco Bell. This one's not one of them (for me).
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    • steve-0101 wrote:
      May 3rd, 2017 12:54 am
      Lots of reasons not to take your kids to Taco Bell. This one's not one of them (for me).
      Whatever happened to that Chihuahua from those commercials when he died?
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    • I see Taco Bell winning the franchise wars.
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    • will the alcohol be strong enough to sterilize the rest of the menu?
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    • WAIT! They already tried this with KFC and it failed miserably! Remember the short lived KFC fresh idea?
      Or...was the food the problem? They ran it like some kind of Burrito knock off place with other food alternatives, like their short lived version of a Chicken mac. No actual chicken though. ➡ http://www.kfcfresh.ca/
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    • mcwilly wrote:
      May 3rd, 2017 12:51 am
      I don't know why alcohol isn't served anywhere that food is served. It doesn't make Boston pizza, earls, or any other food chain less family friendly. In the states it's served in every corner store in the country.
      You can go to a Taco bell there and buy a beer???
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    • Frankie3s wrote:
      May 3rd, 2017 1:58 am
      Whatever happened to that Chihuahua from those commercials when he died?
      Probably ended up in a few of those crunch wraps
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    • playnicee1 wrote:
      May 3rd, 2017 11:48 am
      You can go to a Taco bell there and buy a beer???
      You can't which is silly seeing as you can buy your beer at the 711 next door, then go get your tacos. This would be a good business move and should increase revenue for taco bell. There is a mucho burrito downtown Calgary which is licensed to serve drinks.
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    • christinet wrote:
      May 2nd, 2017 10:35 pm
      This is terrible! I love taking my kids for tacos at Taco Bell, but if there's alcohol served, we definitely won't be going! This takes away the family-friendly atmosphere, and also pushes away customers who are religious or who try to avoid alcohol for various reasons.
      One post and one upvote since signing up in 2011. Hummmm...........Image
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    • mcwilly wrote:
      May 3rd, 2017 1:52 pm
      You can't which is silly seeing as you can buy your beer at the 711 next door, then go get your tacos. This would be a good business move and should increase revenue for taco bell. There is a mucho burrito downtown Calgary which is licensed to serve drinks.
      It's hard to police it, but isn't there a "no outside food or drink" sign on the American Taco bell door?
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    • christinet wrote:
      May 2nd, 2017 10:35 pm
      This is terrible! I love taking my kids for tacos at Taco Bell, but if there's alcohol served, we definitely won't be going! This takes away the family-friendly atmosphere, and also pushes away customers who are religious or who try to avoid alcohol for various reasons.
      This is the Canadian mentality—a rather juvenile attitude towards alcohol and how it corrupts the young if they see someone drinking it responsibly in a restaurant, yet it's okay for kids to see parents getting wasted at home. In Europe, where attitudes towards alcohol are more relaxed and mature, beer and wine are served almost everywhere and there's no "what about the children!!!" chicken little attitude towards it. It's time we grew up too.
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    • christinet wrote:
      May 2nd, 2017 10:35 pm
      This is terrible! I love taking my kids for tacos at Taco Bell, but if there's alcohol served, we definitely won't be going! This takes away the family-friendly atmosphere, and also pushes away customers who are religious or who try to avoid alcohol for various reasons.
      You are free to worship whichever God you believe in, but you don't have the right to demand that the rest of us change our behaviour because of your belief in Allah, Yahweh or Jesus.
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    • retrothing wrote:
      May 3rd, 2017 3:00 pm
      You are free to worship whichever God you believe in, but you don't have the right to demand that the rest of us change our behaviour because of your belief in Allah, Yahweh or Jesus.
      Im offended b/c you only mentioned few of the Gods and not all of them...
      Stop being Godism... /s
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    • This will fuel those taco shits to the extreme...

      The only thing free with taco bell is Diarrhea... now with booze, it'll just add that extra explosion.
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    • christinet wrote:
      May 2nd, 2017 10:35 pm
      This is terrible! I love taking my kids for tacos at Taco Bell, but if there's alcohol served, we definitely won't be going! This takes away the family-friendly atmosphere, and also pushes away customers who are religious or who try to avoid alcohol for various reasons.
      lol
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    • christinet wrote:
      May 2nd, 2017 10:35 pm
      This takes away the family-friendly atmosphere, and also pushes away customers who are religious or who try to avoid alcohol for various reasons.
      Also, please avoid going to church... wine is served over there
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    • christinet wrote:
      May 2nd, 2017 10:35 pm
      This is terrible! I love taking my kids for tacos at Taco Bell, but if there's alcohol served, we definitely won't be going! This takes away the family-friendly atmosphere, and also pushes away customers who are religious or who try to avoid alcohol for various reasons.
      The last time I checked Taco Bell isn't halal or kosher, so I'd say the chihuahua has done the market research on what groups will be alienated by this new policy, and what segments will be motivated to make a run for the border.

      I'm not sure why people consider this a big deal, when most sit-down chains are licensed, and overseas, McDs and BurgerKing have served alcohol since forever. KFC in Toronto served beer a couple of years ago IIRC.
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    • roblombardi wrote:
      May 3rd, 2017 4:02 pm
      Also, please avoid going to church... wine is served over there
      Meh, last time I was there it they served it too early and it was still grape juice.

      The bread could've used more yeast too, now that I think of it.
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    • Beer + Taco Bell = messy washrooms!!
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