The Federal Reserve

Where to drink right now

THE FEDERAL RESERVE 1438 Dundas West, 647-352-9120,

You might recognize this beloved breakfast den from last week’s list of T.O.’s top brunch spots, or maybe you’re already a sucker for the warm space and tarragon/mushroom-laden Eggs Federal.

Now envision the familiar relaxed room, great food and friendly faces with sexier lighting, plentiful drink and oysters.

Brockton Village’s coziest brunch joint turns into a winsome watering hole and snack haven after sundown, offering a list of signature cocktails, eclectic wines (from local to Nova Scotian and Georgian), a few taps and a rounded bottle roster (Rochefort Trappistes 8, Muskoka Summer Weiss, Red Racer) that will entice repeat visits.

The evening menu ranges from pappardelle ($12) to hot dogs ($9) to veggie steamed bao ($7), so you’ll never have to imbibe on an empty stomach.

Thoughtful quirky touches like hand fans laid on tables to compensate for the lack of AC, or the poker chip that accompanies your bill give this spot a character all its own.

The cacophony of critiques aimed at Dundas West bar culture gets more deafening by the minute, but let’s face it – a neighbourhood’s gotta eat and drink, and the Fed is the perfect spot to do just that.

Open Tuesday-Sunday 7 pm-1 am for dinner and drinks, and 9 am-3 pm for brunch. Washrooms in basement.


Drink of choice

We cheated and asked for something we’d spotted earlier in the week at brunch:

Gin-spiked raspberry lemonade

1½ oz gin

Top with fresh raspberry lemonade ($8).

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