After several massive meals I sluggishly pedaled my bike up Ossington. My final stop for the evening would be at the cities favourite spot to sip tequila, Reposado Bar. Located between Queen and Dundas, it’s easy to find if you look down along the sidewalk at night as their bat logo shines from a spotlight at the front door. Made me smirk, Batman styles.
Reposado should be filed in the “don’t judge a book by its cover” chapter. The exterior doesn’t scream at you but once inside the interior offers a fantastic ambiance featuring accents from a Quebecois church and the glimmer and glow of mood lights. Out back, Reposado may just have Toronto’s most untalked about patio gem. West Enders chit chat here while sipping margaritas and revel in the stunning view: heritage buildings featuring antique iron fire escapes which zig zag across the horizon and remind me of Brooklyn.
It was one of those insanely hot evenings in mid July where the entire city was trying to lay motionless on the floor beside an air conditioner. I sat at the bar with my friend Chad and spent the next hour sweating hard while sipping tequila and sampling a few Mexican inspired bar bites. In the late eve live music gets playing and creates a really nice lounge experience featuring trumpet, bass and vocals. Reposado is known throughout Ontario as having the best tequila offering in the province so fans of the Mexican spirit smile hard here.
Perhaps it was fitting that Chad and I endured the sauna-like temperatures while quenching our thirst with tequila and nibbling on empanadas. I couldn’t have felt any more at home even if I was in Mexico. Reposado delivers the South of the Border experience in gold stars.
Special thanks to the team at Reposado Bar for hosting me as their guest.
Sips and Nibbles:
Blood Orange Margarita
Sol and Tecate Cerveza
Picante Crab Cakes
Mini Empanada Flight
#511 restaurant reviewed in Ontario since moving to Toronto in 2010.