Where to drink right now!
At Bar Fancy, the brand new snack bar from chefs Jonathan Poon and Jesse Fader (Chantecler), all that’s gold doesn’t have to glitter.
Eschewing extravagant culinary culture and overpriced cocktails, Poon envisioned a place that’s just the opposite, where chill melts stiffness and value trumps frills.
The blunt, handwritten menu lists all wine (most of them European) at $11 per glass and draught (majority local) and bottled beer at near-dive bar prices ($7 and $6 respectively). Shots and mixed drinks flow freely from the bar, run by Joey Tanner (Camp 4). Cocktails are available but not a focus.
Bar snacks like cheese ($9), ham ($7) and tongue-numbing chicken wings seasoned with Sichuan pepper ($7) are easy to share, but Poon and Fader are planning to plump the menu with larger and smaller items. For now, ravenous individuals or a few pals can dig into the fried chicken plate ($15) sided with pickles, whipped butter and Wonder Bread (yep). Stay tuned for cinq-à-sept specials in upcoming weeks.
The intimate and understated interior – entered through an alleyway door illuminated by a neon tiger sign – stands in ironic contradiction of the building’s edgy and opulent golden facade (Ja Architecture Studio, on the second floor, are the owners, and the panels are actually brass), a playful fuck you to any whisper of pretension.
Open for après-work snacks, dinner and late-night drinks, Fancy isn’t out to push the envelope, but rather to satisfy Toronto’s daily cravings.
Hours Monday to Saturday 5 pm to 2 am. Closed Sundays.
Access No barrier at the door, washrooms in basement.