There is a new bar in town. Located in the heart of Toronto’s Greek town lies a delightfully modern pub that will leave your stomach and soul satisfied. Meet Sidebar, a sister restaurant of Danforth Music Hall and The Velvet Underground, this joint aims to be any concertgoers perfect pairing. Whether you are looking for a pre-show dinner or post-show drinks, or if you just want to wrap your hands around a delicious burger, Sidebar has hit the perfect pitch.
Only steps East of the Danforth Music Hall, this bistro inspired spot has great vibes and is an obvious choice for concert fanatics but hold on; don’t typecast this spot just yet! Even if you are not a ticket holder, this pub has loads to offer.
The menu is a mash-up of pub classics (many served in cast-iron pans) with a peppering of Greek-style fare. Friendly and knowledgeable staff will take care of you and treat you like a local.
Natural light beams through a street-level garage door, exposed brick adorns the bar area with high-top tables and a long wooden bar. Elegant soft touches complement the industrial features throughout the dining space, while modern hanging pendant lights and exposed ceilings offer an open and inviting space.
Although the dinner menu isn't groundbreaking, they do pub food very well. It’s not greasy and won’t leave you feeling sluggish which is sometimes the aftermath of delicious pub fare. The kitchen is open until 11 pm and a classic burger tops the list of things to try, skip the brioche bun and make it a lettuce wrap if you prefer. The meatballs in a pomodoro sauce with shaved parmesan and the falafel platter are hugely popular appetizers. Pan seared brussel sprouts with double smoked bacon and roasted cauliflower with chili flakes, parsley, confit garlic and sherry vinegar top the sides list. The ace hill beer battered onion rings are fantastic, and they also do a great cobb salad with smoked chicken. They also have a tasty fried chicken on the menu, which is a staple dish just about everywhere these days.
The drink menu is simple but thoughtful. Several local wines on tap, classic cocktails, local and imported beers as well as international wines by the bottle. They also have a fully stocked bar just waiting to be called upon for special requests.
If you are worried you won’t get a table on one of those busy concert nights, they take reservations, and this dinner date won’t break the bank. Watch out for new menu items as they change their menu seasonally and are always experimenting with fresh ingredients. Cheers friends, see you at the Sidebar!