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Complimentary food at the bar (GTA)

Food Tourist Dec 3, 2006 03:29 PM

Noticed in another thread that Harbour 60 serves complimentary serrano ham and other goodies at the bar. Reminded me of sitting at the bar at Babbo in NYC or pretty much any nice place in NYC. Do any Toronto bartenders serve free nibblies with drinks, either literally at the bar or in a lounge/waiting area?

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  1. sierramum RE: Food Tourist Dec 4, 2006 12:42 AM

    At Splendido, we were the first of our party to arrive so we sat at the bar and ordered a couple of drinks. The bartender put out a couple of dishes of olives (and another of nut mix, IIRC). The olives were yum. :-)

    1. spaetzle RE: Food Tourist Dec 4, 2006 12:46 AM

      The Bar at the top of the Park Hyatt has a selection of free snacks for each table... mixed nuts, rice crackers, olives, etc.

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        lamaranthe RE: spaetzle Dec 3, 2007 09:09 AM

        Everything to make you feel thirsty and like re-ordering another drink...

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        Orange RE: Food Tourist Dec 4, 2006 06:23 AM

        I was at Alice Foozoli's a couple of weeks ago & their bar has some free snacks. It started off with some fried finger food, but at some point got to potato chips (very good ones, although from bags, I must say).

        1. OnDaGo RE: Food Tourist Dec 4, 2006 01:34 PM

          Rosewater used to do this (they still might) but I always was a bit disgusted by all the Brokers hands all over the olives and nuts then in their mouths then back in the bowls. I would rather order my own food...

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            Scruncheons RE: Food Tourist Dec 4, 2006 04:06 PM

            Bloor Street Diner does Bits 'n Bites and olives. Not as good as the mixes at the Park Hyatt. Seems we're not wuote up to standards of Babbo ...

            1. midtowngirl RE: Food Tourist Dec 4, 2006 04:41 PM

              Acqua used to do a cheese table right after work. Not sure if they still do as I haven't been there in a while.

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                DockPotato RE: midtowngirl Dec 4, 2006 08:08 PM

                I've not been there for 2+ years - does McCool's on St.Clair at Yonge still serve free oysters on Fridays after 5?

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                  pimentdespelette RE: DockPotato Dec 4, 2006 09:45 PM

                  The words "free" and "oysters" should never be used positively in a sentence, except when within about fifteen miles of the seashore. Matter of fact, neither should the words "McCool's" and "oysters." I just threw up a little in my mouth.

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                    culinary_addict RE: pimentdespelette Dec 5, 2006 12:41 AM

                    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHHAHAH. so true

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                    NovoCuisine RE: DockPotato Dec 5, 2006 11:49 PM

                    Yes, the Fionn MacCool's places still have a complimentary oyster bar after 5 on Fridays with the purchase of a Guinness.

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                      zoohort2 RE: NovoCuisine Dec 6, 2006 12:04 AM

                      How many oysters do you get per Guinness?

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                        NovoCuisine RE: zoohort2 Dec 6, 2006 01:29 AM

                        Sorry, no idea - I don't do free oysters ;)

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                  pimentdespelette RE: Food Tourist Dec 4, 2006 09:44 PM

                  B Caffe, just east of Queen and Church, does fantastic Italian cocktails on Thursdays only from 6:00 on, and they do better than peanuts: gorgeous little pizza slices, sandwiches and fantastic nibbles. The drinks are about $9 a pop for bellinis and martinis, etc., but considering you can pretty much have dinner for free, it's a great after-work place.

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                    NovoCuisine RE: pimentdespelette Dec 5, 2006 11:49 PM

                    This is not B Espresso Bar, is it?

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                      tasoid RE: NovoCuisine Dec 3, 2007 11:52 AM

                      Yes B Espresso Bar, only open Thursday nights.

                  2. pinstripeprincess RE: Food Tourist Dec 5, 2006 01:29 PM

                    amadeus has large soft pretzels at the bar, you have to ask for them as they keep them at the back counter and since the place isn't exactly hopping with people they're a touch stale. still, nice buttery outside with big specks of salt. not a bad beer selection either if you're just looking for a drink and a snack.

                    1. Googs RE: Food Tourist Dec 5, 2006 07:23 PM

                      Pangaea has a nice selection of fresh freebies. Can't remember them all there's so many. Potato chips yes! From a bag nooooo. One of my favourite places for a post-shopping bevvie with the girls.

                      1. pinstripeprincess RE: Food Tourist Nov 2, 2007 01:32 PM

                        just saw this article so i thought i'd put it up on here:

                        "The free hors d'oeuvres offered at the Duke of Richmond on Thursday nights include smoked salmon, veggie sushi wraps and mini fish fingers."

                        "Toronto bar Hemingway’s also has a unique way of making people forget about peanuts. Every night between 5 and 7 p.m., the bar serves free snacks to its drinking customers. The snacks include pizza, bread sticks, chicken wings, deep fried calamari and samosas, to name a few."

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                          millygirl RE: pinstripeprincess Nov 4, 2007 05:35 AM

                          Mistura!!! Bar area is quite small but they put out these amazing cheese bread sticks....highly addictive. Also little dishes of antipasti that goes wonderfully with the bread sticks.

                        2. Food Tourist RE: Food Tourist Mar 5, 2009 01:46 PM

                          Just looking for an update...any new suggestions? I'm also looking for a place to get a fantastic cocktail with infused vodka/gin or fresh juice or interesting garnish...a place that combines a bartender with great taste buds AND free snacks would be ideal.

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