Jonathan Poon’s latest venture: Bar Fancy

This is Jonathan Poon’s latest venture within the Toronto food/bar scene. He has a proven track record with Chantecler, a successful and well-reviewed Parkdale restaurant.

Don’t be mistaken by the second word in this newly established Queen West spot, as there really is nothing too fancy about it. But this is the beauty behind it. It is a very straightforward, uncomplicated concept. Perfect for after work or late night snacks and/or drinks, Bar Fancy sets the mood nicely (Vice held there holiday party here J). We’d compare it to 416 Snack Bar, a very cool, lightly dimmed spot that is great for some casuals with a significant other or a few friends to catch up with as well.

To get inside, you must walk through a short alleyway. You will see a neon lit Tiger head above the entrance. The drink menu is simple, with just four draught beers ranging from $7-$8 (Guinness, Steam Whistle, Beau’s Lug Tread, Bogwater) and seven bottles/cans ranging from $6-$15 (Tiger, Muskoka Detour, Howe Sound Lager, Beau’s Kissmeyer), a 750ml bottle of French Cider ($35), and seven wines by 5 oz glass ranging from $10-$13. There are no cocktails listed, but can be made upon request.

The food menu is simple, serving delicious bar snacks like oysters, artichoke dip + ritz crackers, chicken wings, fried chicken, and so on. These snacks range from $3-$16. They do offer a 24-oz rib eye for $85 for those in the mood.

Bottom line; if you live in the West and are looking for a go-too spot for some casual snacks and drinks, we encourage you to check out Bar Fancy. The staff is super friendly and the atmosphere is very welcoming. We also heard through the grapevine that “Fancy Hour” (5pm-7pm EVERY NIGHT) brings you $2 fried chicken and half-off oysters. Oh, and their homemade hot sauce is apparently superb as well.

Monday-Saturday 5pm – 2pm *Kitchen open until last call every night.


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