Drift Bar, located on Bloor West at Havelock in Bloorcourt Village, is one of the many recent hangouts now beloved by Toronto's 30-something+ collective who continue their westward migration as our fair city gentrifies. Just a few years ago this stretch of Bloor was home to a string of beleaguered dive-bars, but as the young and upwardly mobile make Bloorcourt Village, Brockton Village and Wallace Emerson their home, this stretch of Bloor has now become one more coveted neighbourhood where all the cool kids hang.
Yes, it looks like they've left Ossington for hipper - and more affordable - pastures.
Proprietors and pals Matt Michrowski and Damian Gaughan ingeniously built the tables and bar themselves salvaging wood from a North York lane. Along with church pews, eclectic furnishings and posters, these design elements give the decor a rustic unpretentious charm. The space doesn't try 'too hard', nor do the servers who engage patrons in a very chill, friendly, yet attentive demeanor.
Given my dining companion, like I, is a bar-lover (we prefer being perched on a bar stool people-watching while we imbibe over table service) - here we noshed on cauliflower cheese, poutine and glazed brussel sprouts while indulging in their eclectic selection of on-tap beers.
Drift Bar has that lovely combination of being both friendly and a romantic. You could take a date here and fall in love - or grab a bite with a pal - and feel utterly nurtured. Such is the charm of the setting and the comfort food.
It's worth checking out!
1063 Bloor St W Toronto, ON M6H 1M3
~ Steven and the urbaneer team