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bluedog Sep 12, 2008 11:54 AM

I'm supposed to meet a friend tomorrow (Saturday) at 4 for drinks, and as I'm the city mouse have been asked to find a place. But I'm at a bit of a loss as I rarely go out for more than a beer these days, and further anywhere that comes to mind for martinis opens later in the evening.

Any suggestions? I'm looking for either Danforth or Yorkville, with not outrageously priced drinks (e.g. is $10 for a martini too much to ask??), and has to be open by 4pm.

Thanks in advance!

  1. thought_for_food Sep 12, 2008 01:27 PM

    How about Bar Mercurio at Bloor and St George? They make a nice classic Martini.

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    1. re: thought_for_food
      JamieK Sep 12, 2008 02:14 PM

      Mercurio, unfortunately, doesn't open til 5:30 on Saturdays.

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        thought_for_food Sep 12, 2008 02:19 PM

        Darn! Thanks for the advisory, Jamie.

    2. JamieK Sep 12, 2008 02:21 PM

      What about Trapezzi on the Danforth? Opens at 4 on Saturday and I think the martinis are about $10 although it doesn't say on their site -
      http://www.trapezzi.com/index.html

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      Trapezzi
      505 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1P5, CA

      1. Marimba Sep 12, 2008 02:39 PM

        Cafe Nervosa at Bellair & Yorkville...two patios...TIFF buzz...Marimba!

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          artificialard Sep 12, 2008 08:40 PM

          Wish at Yonge and Charles? Great 'martini' menu in a nice Miami-minimal kind of way. A little out of Yorkville though.

          Cafe Nervosa is a great casual spot anytime though too!

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            bluedog Sep 15, 2008 09:26 AM

            Thanks to everyone, and I almost went with JamieK's advice on Trapezzi, but after some googling decided to try Kokkino "Resto-Lounge" across the street. I've avoided it in the past as I've never really felt that I fit in with the clientele I normally see in there, but the website promised $8 maritinis.

            So reporting back, the martinis started at $8.50 (yet another place that needs to update the website), and ranged up to about $12. However there were a number of drink specials at $7, mostly focussed on some ouzo-like spirit (a little sweeter, a little stronger) that they were promoting.

            While there was nothing particularly fabulous about the place, the drinks were well mixed, with a few interesting options, and well within the price point I was looking for. Further the service (and keep in mind the room was empty) was excellent with the waiter gave us a sample of the "ouzo". And because the front of the space opens out onto the patio, we sat "outdoors" inside and watched the rain while we chatted. We had fun.

            Food, however, was so-so. We had two appetizers, a spanokopita, which clearly had been microwaved, served with mixed greens and balsamic reduction, as well as rubbery deep-fried calamari. But we weren't there for the food and I'd go back for a mid-afternoon nip :).

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