About us


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

Meet our team:

Marlene Thorne - Famous Last Words Owner


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.

Favourite Book: A Little Life by Hanya Yanigahara

Favourite FLW cocktail: Fool


Although Lucas has forgotten more about bourbon than any of the rest of us will ever know, his cocktail genius extends well beyond brown spirits. A font of obscure historical drink knowledge – and a mastery of techniques deemed too time-consuming by much of the rest of the cocktail world – combine for unique and delicious results in his weekly clarified milk punches and quirky ingredients like maubys and switchels (don’t worry, we had to look it up too). Hailing originally from middle America, Lucas now calls the Junction home, along with his wife and young son. He also tells a pretty good Dad joke.

Favourite Book: Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

Favourite FLW cocktail: Careless in Red

Sheri Osden Nault


A visual artist by day and bartender by night, Sheri is originally from the Rocky Mountains, but has found a deep love for T’karonto (Toronto). Balancing the introspection of art making with the social joys of bartending has proven to be a wonderful fit. They love anything well crafted and getting the measurements and balance of a cocktail just right is oh-so-satisfying. Don’t let all the tattoos intimidate you! They’re kind and caring, and bar patrons’ well being and enjoyment is always their top priority. Their literary interests are particularly focused on sci-fi, and the work of queer, women, and Indigenous authors.

Favourite book: nîtisânak by Lindsay Nixon

Favourite FLW cocktail: Never Let Me Go


Lauren is new to the Junction and the world of finely crafted cocktails, but has quickly fallen in love with both. She is a Scrabble addict with a love of Young Adult literature and eclectic coffee mugs. When she first visited FLW and saw the bar made of Scrabble tiles, she knew she had to work here. Lauren now spends her weekends mixing and shaking up new cocktails, and playing Lumineers’ records on repeat.

Favourite book: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Favourite FLW cocktail: The Bone Clocks

Lauren Mortier


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.’

Now Open: Famous Last Words is a literary-themed watering hole

– Toronto Star, Dec. 2016

Sarah Parniak’s best new Toronto bars of 2016

– NOW Magazine, December 2016

The top 25 new bars in Toronto by neighbourhood

– blogTO, January 2016

The top 10 new cocktail bars in Toronto

– blogTO,  December 2016

Famous Last Words

– blogTO Review, October 2016

There’s a book themed bar opening soon in Toronto

– blogTO, September 2016

Too Close to Call: These bars are lit

– Post City Toronto, December 2016

Book-themed bar Famous Last Words set to open in Toronto

– Quill & Quire, Oct. 2016

Toronto book themed bar Famous Last Words set to open

– Daily Hive, September 2016

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