Gone fishing AKA closed for minor renovations until May 4, 2012.
Please don’t forget about us.
AnOther’s Lovers unveils their love for “Automatic Whisky,” a whisky and soda machine from the 1960’s. We need this in our bar!
Whisky (Scottish English) or whiskey (Hiberno-English) is the tipple of choice for as disparate figures as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and American musician Kid Rock (who references the beverage in many of his songs). A type of distilled alcoholic beverage made from fermented grain mash, whisky is derived from an Anglicisation of a Goidelic name literally meaning “water of life.” Prolific author Mark Twain once famously said, “Too much of anything is bad, but too much of good whiskey is barely enough.”
Daily Candy traveled to Toronto and paid Unit a visit for a cocktail or two, and recommends Unit as the “neighbourhood’s best-kept secret!”
Here’s the excerpt:
Queen Street West
Filled with skinny-jeaned hipsters and arty intellectual types by day, clubbers and more hipsters by night, Queen Street West is an indie fantasyland. If you’re traveling light, drop your bags at The Gladstone Hotel, an arty, gay-friendly boutique hotel. Rooms run small, and amenities are limited, but the price and location can’t be beat. Up the street is the ritzier Drake Hotel, with just nineteen rooms, a buzzing rooftop bar, and addictive breakfast. Pick up charming housewares and antique curios at Art History; 69 Vintage sells everything from silk handkerchief scarves to killer boots. For drinks, Unit is the neighborhood’s best-kept secret; there’s no sign save for a rusty “Liquor” placard in the window.
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Found this review from Blackbook. It kinda made us cringe……”H for hotspot?”
The only “H” you’ll ever find at Unit is HUNGOVER.
From Blackbook magazine.
From the March 13, 2009 edition of Toronto Life’s daily dish.
Shops with multiple identities: Creative trend or a sign of the (bad) times?
Nothing is more Torontonian than the ability to multitask. The daily toggle between BlackBerry and iPhone is de rigueur, as is the commute-telecon- ference-breakfast. So entrenched is this poly-purpose tendency that it is emerging as a new trend in the city’s eating and drinking culture. Multi-concept spaces—bars that are also boutiques, cafés that double as galleries and triple as schools—are on the rise. Hogtown boasts an embarrassment of retail riches, which means that shoppers can afford to be choosy—even lazy. “You have to offer more these days,” explains local goldsmith Elena Ginsberg. “People want quality, and they also want to be entertained.” That’s why she’s applying the café-boutique concept to modish bar Unit, which will offer coffee and her Kvell designs, as well as full bar service at night. Starting in late April, Queen West crawlers who stumble in after dark will find that metalworks are on sale until close, and maybe discover that it is dangerous (and fun) to shop for jewellery after a couple of cocktails.
In addition to sheer innovation—Ginsberg notes that “adapting is key”—economics makes the trend timely. “Why pay two rents?” asks Ginsberg, whose set-up puts three businesses under one roof.
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1198 Queen Street West @ Gladstone Avenue
(just two doors east of the Gladstone Hotel)
Hours of Operation
Wednesday 5:00 pm to last call
Thursday 5:00 pm to last call
Friday 5:00 pm to last call
Saturday 5:00 pm to last call
A born-again saloon adds another notch to the west end’s bar belt
Concept: The denizens of Queen West West have yet another place to kick up their Converse. Adorned with an assortment of urban objets d’art and groovy garage sale finds—a bar fashioned from a gym floor or a vintage roulette wheel, say—Unit is the latest love child of the Drake-Gladstone baby boom, which has heretofore borne such sexy siblings as The Social, The Beaconsfield and Lot 16.
Crowd: Once a saloon favoured by local railroad workers, the address now attracts an altogether different sort of chain gang—the sidewalk-populating, du Maurier Extra Light–puffing variety. Soulful, minimal dance music keeps the indie rug cutters toward the back on their feet, while a more sophisticated set occupies the bar area.
Cocktails: The lack of draft may cause momentary malaise, but after a guava martini ($10) or two—a juicy blend of vodka, guava nectar and sweet vermouth—even the burliest of beer drinkers will be toasting the joys of gentrification.
Unit, 1198 Queen St. W., 416-537-6646. Wednesday to Saturday, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover.
From the 2007 Edition of Toronto Life Magazine.