bar Wellington (website, Twitter)
520 Wellington Street West, Toronto ON M5V 1E3 (at the northeast corner of Portland Street and Wellington Street West, the nearest major intersection is Bathurst Street and King Street West) 416-341-8880
bar Wellington is a little too cold and a little too clinical. Could it be the condo crowd’s perfect pub?
[B]ar Wellington is in a lovely Victorian building with old tiles on the floor, dark wood, steep stairs, dim lighting, and leather high-back chairs that promise privacy. However, the promise of privacy is negated by the loud music at bar Wellington, which means that one must talk loudly in order to be heard. [B]ar Wellington’s coldness and clinical execution in the heart of the oh-so-fashionable M5V postal code shows that the perfect pub is not perfect, it is organic and has character. One could say that bar Wellington is all style and no substance.
Perhaps my thoughts on the pub are coloured by its affiliation to the Bedford Academy, which is one of the more frustrating pubs in Toronto.
Number of visits by yours truly: my second visit, most recently on a Friday night in May 2012
TTC information: an optimistic seven-minute ride west on the King Street West streetcar from King Station or an equally optimistic eight-minute ride south from Bathurst Station
Booze selection: 12 beers, including Strongbow cider in cans (no Pimm’s)
Food selection: not outstanding in any way. I found the food overly spicy, I actually didn’t finish my meal as it was too much for the old taste buds
Service staff: all right for the most part, but our server disappeared for a while and the greeter at the door seemed to have x-ray vision as she looked straight through me and didn’t see me as I walked in. I paused to see if I might be stopped or greeted in any fashion, which didn’t happen, and so I walked on
Toilets: odd, the mirrors over the sinks are very high in the ladies and the toilet roll dispenser was still broken three weeks later after my first visit
Patio: at the front, side, back and roof (north, south, west and rooftop). Voted one of the best patios in 2010 by Toronto Life
Wheelchair accessible: nope
Televisions: five or six
Live music: nope
Piped-in music: lounge music that was too loud, it made it difficult to hear one another
Rating: three pints (out of five)