May 11, 2018
Award winning basement bar on Queen Street where the outlandishly brilliant cocktails perfectly compliment an eclectic clientele and extraordinary décor. It’s done up like a funky, mis-matching 19th century French boudoir, with candles, candelabras and gorgeously upholstered antique chairs and couches. (We think there were some chaise longues in there too.) Lighting is low and moody with beaded curtains dividing the various sections and arty bits of décor dotting the walls. There’s no kitchen but free sushi is passed around on a Friday and you’ll need it to soak up the cocktails – a wondrous selection of Chaise originals and fruity muddles that include Caiproskas and Mint Juleps. Originals have cool names like Lady Marmalade and Laur & Order and we particularly liked the Grand Passion: a mix of Grand Marnier, gin, ruby red grapefruit juice and sugar syrup, shaken and served in a highball, coated in bitters and garnished with an orange wedge. Got that? With concoctions like these, no wonder they’re scoop so many awards.