Drinking a Human Toe Cocktail at the Sourdough Saloon in Dawson City



“You can drink it quickly, you can drink it slow—but the lips have gotta touch the toe,” is the saying  when drinking a sour toe cocktail in the Yukon’s Dawson City.

1 of the bucket list traditions of Dawson City is to attempt a  Sour Toe cocktail at the Sourdough Saloon. Positioned in Downtown Hotel, a red brick-colored saloon style creating, the saloon sells a signature drink comprised of a mummified human toe drink in 80% proof alcohol. Yes, a human toe!  Quite a few travelers are averse to attempting it due to hygienic motives or just mainly because the believed is disturbing. If you can consume deep fried bugs, then you can do the toe. Personally, I couldn’t inform it was a toe– it truly looked like a dried twig!

The conventional alcohol of selection is Yukon Jack, while they provide other selections. All selections have to be 80% proof, as a security normal and well being code (alcohol is a sterilizer).   Yukon Jack is a pretty beautiful drink for these who are not quite into alcohol. It is sweet and aromatic flavor and quick going down, while the initially sip you could be in a position to light a flame with.  The price of the drink is pretty affordable- it is the price of the drink + $five for the toe (and do not neglect to tip your bartender).

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The initially toe is stated to have belonged to a 1920’s gold rush miner, who’s frostbitten toe had to be amputated and was preserved it in a jar of alcohol. In 1973, the jar was identified by Captain  Dick Stevenson and turned it into a drinking challenge. Now, you can attempt your hand at the drink and get your name written in a Sour Toe Cocktail Club membership ledger- you even get a membership certificate- it feels so official! (Note: I am Sour Toe Cocktail Member #84883)

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The Toe Keeper- Terry Lee keeps the toes and generally administers the drink challenge.  More than the years, the saloon has had a handful of mishaps relating to the toes- it is been stolen, even swallowed and these days, everyone who causes loss to the toe pays a hefty fine of $1000. It is secure to say the saloon has gone via a quantity of toes, such that it has backup toes. It is also open to toe donations. Toe time is 9 – 11 p.m.

If you are hungry prior to or soon after, you can dine at the in-home restaurant, Jack London’s Grill (Note: I had ordered some poutine as an soon after drink chaser!)

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Poutine at Jack London’s Grill


Downtown Hotel
1026 Second Ave
Dawson, Yukon Territory, British Columbia, Canada

How adventurous are you ? Would you attempt the Sour Toe Cocktail at the Sourdough Saloon in Dawson City?  Would you attempt a drink with human toe?

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