I feel like the cat’s out of the bag already on this secret. I did an extensive Yelp review on it. (Note: the bar, naturally, does not have any website or phone number). I think I may use that review as I don’t want to repeat myself. The great allure of this place is that you have to find it. I kind of let the cat out of the bag on that secret by showing a detailed photo essay on how to get to the joint. I know that New Yorkers are already finding this place and half the fun really is trying to find it. BUT if you don’t have time, the photo essay was to assist you because it was difficult to find even as a local. And local it is! **Please don’t hate me owners of Cold Tea. (But really the intention is to tell people how cool you are and as a result, you’re getting some biz-ness! And nope, not paid at all for this post. I just genuinely love this bar).
The lovely lady serving dim sum will greet you as you will probably walk in a bit confused expecting a bar but instead being introduced by a hallway with a dim sum cart. She is really cool but I had a bit of a miscommunication issue with her on my dim sum order. Note: It’s 3 dim sum of the same flavour for $5 (you can’t get one of each flavour for $5; that will be $9). I love her little outfit! Oh, and get the pork buns. DAMN.
When you walk into the bar you will see the above picture. You will also see this tres cool mural on the wall stating its moniker. It’s just kind of this shangri-la of a bar because you still have to get to the bar when you walk in. There is another entrance through the back way but it’s for VIPPERS.
A few images of the bar. I was lucky to have been the only one in the bar on a Sunday night (smart idea to go to a cool bar when a big TV event is happening like The Golden Globes. Maybe I should come here when the Oscars are on). I personally like sitting at the bar and was able to have a very solid conversation with the lovely co-owner Oliver. What a gem!
I love every design detail of this bar including these fantastic tiles in their bathroom. Inspiration really can come from anywhere.
A little mural/graffiti inspiration for you. Okay, so it’s not exactly Keats but hey… Enjoy it! It’s one of my new favourite bars in the city and as I said in the Yelp Review, about time something like this popped up in Toronto that wasn’t as –hate to say it– pretentious as Goodnight.