Downtown Hotel

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Downtown Hotel in 2013

The Downtown Hotel is a hotel at Second Avenue and Queen Street in Dawson City, Yukon, Canada.[1] It contains 34 rooms.[2]

The hotel has earned notoriety for serving a drink called the "Sourtoe Cocktail", which features a real mummified human toe.[3][4][5] The unique cocktail was introduced in 1973.[6] Over 69,000 paying customers are reported to have tried the concoction.[7] A customer intentionally swallowed the toe in 2013, but the hotel had a replacement. Bartender Terry Lee says they are hoping to have another human toe donated, because several toes have been damaged, stolen, swallowed, or lost over the decades.[8]


  1. ^ Ann Carroll Burgess; Tom Burgess (2005). Guide to Western Canada. Globe Pequot Press. p. 281. ISBN 978-0-7627-2987-6.
  2. ^ "Rooms". Canadas Best Value Inn / Downtown Hotel. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
  3. ^ Andrew Hempstead (10 June 2014). Moon British Columbia: Including the Alaska Highway. Avalon Travel Publishing. p. 941. ISBN 978-1-61238-744-4.
  4. ^ AnneLise Sorensen; Christian Williams (7 June 2010). The Rough Guide to Canada. Rough Guides. p. 915. ISBN 978-1-84836-956-6.
  5. ^ D. Larraine Andrews (12 May 2014). Great Walks of the World. Rocky Mountain Books. p. 259. ISBN 978-1-77160-001-9.
  6. ^ Godie, Mary (5 September 2013). "Human Toes Wanted to Complete Famous Cocktail". ABC News. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
  7. ^ Hilary Davidson; Paul Karr; Herbert Bailey Livesey; Bill McRae; Donald Olson (14 August 2006). Frommer's Canada: With the best hiking & outdoor adventures. John Wiley & Sons. p. 806. ISBN 978-0-470-04457-5.
  8. ^ "Customer swallows human toe in Dawson City bar". CBC News. CBC News. Aug 27, 2013. Retrieved 28 April 2015.