The crown-jewel bar in Anthony Rose’s ballooning empire, this sexy Frenchish joint is where it’s at for cocktails and small, indulgent plates north of Bloor. Come for a sturdy drink like the Pomme Sunday (Calvados, Cocchi Americano, yellow Chartreuse, absinthe and Peychaud’s bitters, $16) and stay for a local cider or two and definitely some tartare. Should you feel the urge to order a bottle of wine and more food, don’t fight it: you can easily spend hours nestled in Begonia.
Hours Sunday to Tuesday 11 am to late, Wednesday to Saturday 11 am to 2 am
Access Entrance barrier-free, washrooms on main floor
Updated March 16, 2016
If you're looking to set the mood, Anthony Rose's Bar Begonia (252 Dupont, 647-352-3337) and Jen Agg's Rhum Corner (926 Dundas West, 647-346-9356) both bring the low lighting, sexy cocktails, snacks you can slowly feed one another - if you can do that without giggling - and murals featuring a lot of naked people. Read more here.
Updated February 22, 2016
Anthony Rose, Don of Dupont, is on a roll.
Late last December, the former Drake Hotel chef opened his sixth business in three years - the fifth on the quickly developing thoroughfare that will soon rival Bloor as the divider of midtown and downtown.
Located in the weirdly compelling and long-neglected geometric tripartite building at Spadina and Dupont - you know, the one that every Torontonian secretly wished would transform into something cooler than a rotting spaceship - Bar Begonia is Rose's first venture that is primarily a bar, not a restaurant, with snacks, of course.
You enter from a side entrance, past a supersize porthole that offers an initial glimpse into the buzzing, low-lit room where you can sip cocktails, slurp oysters and slather warm baguette with duck rillettes ($8). Inside, a mural outlining naked female forms in a racy Matisse-ish style confirms fleeting first impressions: it's pretty sexy at Bar Begonia.
The room is intimately set up with bistro tables, but if you really want to appreciate it - and the legit cocktails - try to snag a seat at the wood. Begonia's bar team, GM Oliver Stern (Toronto Temperance Society) and bar manager Veronica Saye (Food & Liquor), knows its way around many a bottle o' booze.
Updated Jan. 13, 2016