Travel plans scrapped this summer? Well, you can pretend to take a trip to Cali by heading to Venice Beach Bar, a welcomed summertime addition to the Dundas West strip that allows Torontonians to (safely) socialize in a stylish outdoor setting.

The food + drink pop-up is  the brainchild of two local establishments: Unboxed Market and Mordecai Bar. Tastefully done, it’s a true example of local businesses coming together to make the best of a difficult time, while also giving people a great option for a night out, that feels like a mini escape.

Yes, it’s a parking lot, but it’s a deep one, with pretty pastel iron gates, cute string lighting, and painted picnic benches that are protected by good-looking brick walls. 

“We always wanted to see the lot become a place where the neighbourhood could gather,” shared Michelle Genttner of Unboxed Market. “When Covid-19 hit we knew that outdoor spaces would be the primary social spaces for our community at least for the summer, and we thought the lot would be a perfect way to offer a little slice of that vacation feeling for those who can’t get out of the city.” 

The food program features Californian summer-inspired items, with options for vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free diners, as well as meat-lovers. Drinks are designed to transport you to sunset on the beach, with cold beers and ciders, refreshing wines, and slushie cocktails for all. 

Tell all your friends! Local businesses need our love, and this is a lovely way to show support. Follow at @venicebeachbar_to.


Wednesday: 4 pm to 11 pm

Thursday: 4 pm to 11 pm 

Friday: 2 pm to 12 am 

Saturday: 2 pm to 12 am

Sunday: 2 pm to 11 pm 

1251 Dundas St West, Toronto