Pacific Junction Hotel (King & Sherbourne)
Inadvertently happened upon it on opening day..right around the corner from my office. Loved the daytime vibe (sat in the bathtub seat mentioned by another reviewer). Great drinks list. I just had a diet coke but t was served in a vintage-style coke bottle. Ordered the fish tacos and they were great! Just got back from Baja California a few weeks ago and these ones were just like the real thing I had in the Ensenada fish market. Fresh corn tortillas, delicious ling cod, a bit of lettuce, a homemade salsa and a bottle of scotch bonnet on the table - fantastic. Definitely going back to try some more but lovING the little details!!
Stopped in a few days ago, it's definitely an interesting place. It is definitely the same owners as Betty's. They have a few new-to-me beers on tap (served in jars instead of pint glass for unspecified reasons) and an extensive list of cocktails, most fitting the "theme" of the bar that I could only summarize as tiki-meets-texmex. The interior features lots of bare plywood, eclectic furniture, artificial grass, and a very cozy courtyard patio inherited from Veritas. Service is similar to that of Betty's, ie. casual and friendly but don't go if you're in a huge hurry or want to be fawned over.
The food menu is unusual and was described to me as "tapas style", which seems to mean small dishes at not-so-small prices, especially considering you'd need to order multiple to make a proper meal. I tried the "poutine spring rolls" which were exactly as described: french fries and cheese in spring roll wrappers, deep fried and served with gravy for dipping. They were actually very good in a guilty-pleasure way, but at $9 for a very small plate, a bit of a pricey snack. Others were ordering the slider trio ($14) which looked good.
I'll look forward to going back for drinks and to try some more of the food options. I really hope they do okay because the area lacks unique laid-back spots like this that aren't slick and corporate pubs.
Plan is to head over tomorrow afternoon, so I will report back. However, I did take a look at the "menus" in the window this morning. They're only displaying 4 pages of drinks at this point - various types and cocktails made only with tequila and rum, as well as a beer and wine list.