The Spoke Club
May 11, 2018
The Spoke Club is one of Toronto’s growing brood of snazzy supper clubs. It’s a supposedly exclusive meeting place for media, entertainment and arty types but (whisper it) it’s actually not that difficult to gain entry. Spread over several floors, the venue boasts two function rooms, a gallery, and a screening room. But it’s the fourth and fifth floors you want to head for. On the fourth you’ll find the members’ lounge and library, and the dining room. As elsewhere, the décor is rather handsome, with lots of blonde wood and soft leather, but the food is the main draw here, with a well put together menu by chef Paul Boehmer. Almost everything is made in-house, including fresh bread and charcuterie, and there’s an emphasis on putting a sophisticated spin on classic comfort dishes, using seasonal ingredients. There are also a couple of attractive cocktail bar areas serving superb drinks if you desire a pre-dinner tipple. And the drinks are something special here; as well as an extensive wine cellar The Spoke Club also offers an innovative cocktail menu that is constantly evolving in the expert hands of resident mixologist Joe Howell. Don’t stop at the fourth floor though, keep going and you’ll find the Glass House – the real gem of the place. This rooftop space offers panoramic views, with a marble bar and couches scattered around the elegant patio. With a garden feel it’s a veritable oasis, offering great food and cocktails, good music, and the odd live performance. Despite its members’ club status, the atmosphere is not too network-y and it gets pleasingly busy at weekends.