Cabana Pool Bar
Cabana Pool Bar is Toronto's newest hotspot at Polson Pier in the form of a pool-meets-nightclub-meets-restaurant. Brought to you by nightclub bourgeoisie Ink Entertainment, Cabana Pool Bar is a huge mostly-outdoor space with white tables and umbrellas, chaise loungers and all-white (surprise!) cabanas. Cabana Pool Bar is the physical embodiment of dating website BeautifulPeople.com . Cabana Pool Bar is the definition of hedonism. Cabana Pool Bar is like going off the resort in Mexico without the risk of hepatitis.
I visited Cabana on a Wednesday afternoon as part of a media preview. My first impression was that it looks half like the country club that the whole Saved by the Bell gang worked at one summer , and half like that scene in Breaking Bad where they all go to Mexico and (spoiler alert) a bunch of people die and we find out Gus Fring is bulimic.
Both of these televised scenarios are things I've fantasized about being a part of, so I was very excited. Upon approaching the swimming area, the water is so blue you'd think the pool has a high school girlfriend that is thinking about going all the way only to change her mind halfway through and decide to wait 'til marriage. The entire set-up is very well thought out - cabanas surround the pool area with chaise loungers right next to the water. There are safes in the cabanas where you can leave your iPhone without worrying about theft or selfies of people you don't know and you are never more than 10 feet away from the bar.
A consistent aesthetic is very important to the club - guests are required to rent CPB towels ($5 with a $20 deposit) to keep with the look and there is a 'style code' in effect, so other than a few tan accents, the décor in the club is whiter than an eighth grade Catholic school graduation from Oakville.
In fitting with the indulgent theme, Cabana has a variety of frozen cocktails, wine and beer available as well as a full menu from Oliver and Bonacini . I sampled several cocktails from the bar (they start at $7.50) and they were all delicious - very tropical and refreshing to go along with the pool atmosphere. The signature cocktail, the TOjitio, was sampled by Noted Toronto Photographer Jesse Milns , which he deemed "very very good."
I also tried a number of the dishes from the menu, which run the gamut from nachos to fries to sushi to salads. Everything I tried was fantastic. My favourite was the Sexy Fries ($12) which are fresh cut fries with parmesan and truffle oil. Normally, when I'm in public, I try to maintain some semblance of acting human, but in the case of these fries, all bets were off. Professional models in matching bikinis frolicked in the water, and I was huddled in the corner of a cabana with a weird sunburn on just my forehead mainlining these fries. They were that good.
Needless to say, I will be returning to CPB. Cover is $10-20 plus $20 for pool access which can seem like a bit much considering you're going to be dropping bills on all of the food you see other people eating and can't resist, but if you amortize it over the hours of operations (11 am-11 pm) and consider the Swimming Possibility Factor (SPF=high), it is well worth it.
Lobster Clam Jam TORONTO
Date: Saturday May 20th & Sunday May 21st 12pm-9pm
Where: Cabana Pool Bar
DJ Eddie Lewis of Montreal 12pm-6pm
DJ Vincent LaRoche of Toronto 6pm-9pm
FREE ADMISSION FOR CHILDREN 12 YEARS AND UNDER.
Tickets are available at: www.lobsterclamjam.com/toronto
We have introduced our own Lobster Clam Jam
currency called CLAMS.
A CLAM is a branded Lobster Clam Jam token coin
Each CLAM is valued at $3 CAN Including Taxes
Restaurants and Bars will collect CLAMS Tokens in exchange for FOOD and BEVERAGES.
There will be over 20 restaurants, a Mojito Bar, a Beer Bar, a Wine Bar, a Coffee Bar and Dessert stations on site!
All FOOD DISHES to be priced between $6 and $12
TOKENS are available for purchase on site at the event.
LOBSTER CLAM JAM is a highly acclaimed outdoor food festival. Not just for seafood lovers, this affordable, family-oriented culinary showcase offers guests the opportunity to experience the creations of a variety of renowned local chefs and restaurants. Recognized by The Food Network and Everfest as one of the Top Food Festivals in the World, Lobster Clam Jam caters to people from all walks of life, from every nationality and culture, affording our guests the opportunity to experience a wide selection of meat, fowl, game, fish and of course, lobster and shellfish dishes.
Launched in Montreal, Quebec in 2013, Lobster Clam Jam began with the idea of showcasing great food by home-grown talent, and creative and delicious cocktails by marquee mixologists. Our event is a great chance for parents and their little ones to spend a day together, enjoying delicious food, in a friendly atmosphere of fresh air and sunshine. We are now heading to TORONTO by joining forces with INK Entertainment, Canadas leading lifestyle and entertainment company.
Our mission is to bring together food lovers and culinary artists in a fun, family-friendly environment. We work with the top chefs and restaurants in each of our host cities, inspiring them to create unique but affordable dishes for foodies of all ages, and from all walks of life. Social commitments and community building are an important part of what we do, with a substantial part of our proceeds donated to local charities. We work hard to ensure that our partners are provided with everything they need to ensure the complete satisfaction of our guests. Our relationships and reputation for impeccable service are the keys to our business and our most treasured assets.
The support and encouragement of local community organizations is an essential part of everything we do. We wil be donating a portion of the proceeds to The Sick Kids Foundation www.sickkidsfoundation.com
As a leader in the not-for-profit sector, they raise funds on behalf of The Hospital for Sick Children -- one of the worlds foremost paediatric health-care institutions. SickKids Foundation is the largest charitable funder of child health research, learning and care in Canada.
ENTERTAINMENT For Adults & Children
Music by DJ Eddie Lewis MTL and DJ Vincent LaRoche TOR, along with all sorts of fun activities and games for the children in our signature KIDS KORNER featuring Caricature portraits, Choo Choo Train ride, Face painting & Airbrush Artists, bouncy castle, pop corn, cotton candy and much much more!
FREE ADMISSION FOR CHILDREN 12 YEARS AND UNDER