Owner and bearded dude behind the bar Chris Harper was very friendly. He’s worked in Toronto’s bar industry for ages, and possibly served you a frosty bev at some point or another on the Ossington or Queen West strip. But finally, it was time to open up his own cute little spot. I didn’t want to appear like a noob so I asked him “What cocktails do you have?”.And – thankfully! – he responds with “I’m not that kind of guy. You want some liquor? Mixed with pop or something?” Suddenly I’m not made to feel like trash for ordering a rum-and-ginger-ale, like I feel sometimes at places with $16 “yellow canary sours with sprigs of cucumber” or whatever.
It would be dandy if bar snacks were made available at some point down the road – although there was a tempting-looking pie on the bar. But I think the packed tables will already agree – Pharmacy bar is just what the ol’ Parkdale bar doctor ordered.