Bar Batavia Toronto

Bar Batavia

Bar Batavia is just a flight of stairs away from Dutch-Indo snack bar Little Sister ; both midtown spots have the same owners. The sultry 40-seat cocktail bar is decked out in marble and tufted velvet banquettes.

Bar Batavia Toronto

It's quieter and more intimate than Little Sister, where the sizzle from the kitchen contends with chatter from boisterous diners.

Bar Batavia Toronto

On Thursdays (industry night) a DJ spins tunes, while couples lean in to speak softly over drinks and nibble on an abbreviated list of dishes. On other nights, a hip hop jazz ensemble captivates the room.

Bar Batavia Toronto

Refined cocktails from Jeremy Walker are the focus at the bar. In addition to familiar brands, you'll find hand-labeled bottles featuring barrel aged spirits and infusions.

Bar Batavia Toronto

The Batavia Old Fashioned ($15) is strong (3oz) and smoky. It blends Maker's Mark with Ardbeg and smoke. It's just one of several subtle riffs on the classics. You can also try a Fernet and Coke ($12) and barrel aged negronis ($12).

Bar Batavia Toronto

This isn't the place for dinner, but there's still an ever evolving lineup of nibbles.

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Satay skewers ($6.25-$7.50) are available with peanut sauce, with a blend of Balinese spices, or flavoured with kecap (sweetened soy sauce), lime leaves and lemongrass.

Bar Batavia Toronto

Jakarta style wontons, Pangsit ($6.75), are crunchy, fried pockets of beef accompanied by a sweet chili lime sauce.

Shrimp chips, lettuce wraps and beef croquettes round out the menu, which is available until midnight. The bar, of course, stays open until last call.

Bar Batavia Toronto

Photos by

Hector Vasquez


Bar Batavia

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