This is a classic library bar. With lots of burgundy and deep green, there are ornate woodwork details, comfy leather chairs and heavy curtains. There are books on the shelves and the occasional lick of leopard print.
The cocktail menu is awesome with interesting details and garnishes. Organised by decade, each page begins with a quote, our favourite being: “I have only once said no to a drink, and that is because I misunderstood the questions” - thanks WC Fields.
The drinks are dedicated to literary and bartending heroes ranging from Lord Byron’s 1824 cocktail, “mad, bad and dangerous, just like our bartenders,” with a mix of vodka, Cointreau, rhubarb bitters and coriander sugar, up to JK Rowling’s Alexander Potter – a magic mix of Victoria gin, vanilla syrup and Godiva white chocolate liqueur.
Attached to the old fashioned yet charming Fairmont Hotel, the clientele are a mix of hotel guests, people attending conferences here and older cocktail-loving locals. It isn’t breaking any boundaries, but it’s certainly a good Toronto staple.