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EFS

Photo: Jesse Milns

Posted by Martha Stortz / July 8, 2013

EFS is a new rooftop patio servicing businesspeople and trustfund 20-somethings in the King West area. Inspired by a piece of art, EFS stands for Everything's For Sale , though given my experience at EFS, it could easily stand for Eco Fucking Serenity, Extra Firewater, Sir or Elite & Fashionable Smoking.

Eco Fucking Serenity.
Going to patios in Toronto can be a bit of a crapshoot (as in some patios are crap and you want to shoot yourself because you have heatstroke and malaria after an hour on one) but once in awhile, there are some winners. EFS is one of them. EFS is great because the patio is hidden away from King Street and the constant cacophony of traffic below, there is lots of shade available, and the greenery gives it a great concrete jungle-meets-actual jungle vibe. There are small cabanas lining the sides of the patio with comfortable booths in the middle (though cabanas are for bottle service only). It looks like Apu's rooftop garden but with less Paul McCartney and more bankers in RayBans.

Extra Firewater, Sir.
I started my evening with a glass of the white sangria ($13 for a glass, $40 for a pitcher). I'm always a bit apprehensive when I order a drink that's on the costly side as I start doing the math to determine exactly how much it will cost me to get drunk and start assigning values to variables that can't really be monetized (allow x to represent funness of venue, while y is average attractive level of patrons, don't forget to show your work). Fortunately, the sangria was really strong which makes having just one drink a realistic option if you want to have fun without having to resort to a toast sandwich later on in the night. I also tried the Thyme Lemonade ($13) which was equally strong and even more delicious due to the interesting combination of sweet, sour and savory. All of the cocktails at EFS are developed by a real mixologist, which is why they tasted so much better than the usual tallboy-in-a-coffee-cup specialty.

Elite & Fashionable Smoking.
Each of the cabanas come equipped with hookahs ($50 for set up and first flavour). Though hookahs are becoming more and more commonplace on the Toronto patio scene, the hookahs at EFS are the same kind are the kid who got shot on Degrassi gets which makes them even more attractive. Hookah service also includes individual mouthpieces for each person which is great if you are drunk but still care about your oral hygiene. I sampled the Apple-Mint flavour. As a hookah virgin, it was good in a weird pie-on-fire way. Leading Hogtown Artist and Tobacco Enthusiast Jesse Milns agreed it was a real high-class hookah.

EFS is a great patio with a cool chilled-out vibe. The atmosphere is great, the drinks are strong and the smoking is legitimized and socially encouraged. Cover is $10 (Wednesday and Thursday), $15 (Friday) and $20 (Saturday) after 10 pm, but free as an after-work destination so if you're a drudgeter (drunk budgeter), make sure to get there early. Just be sure to try the thyme lemonade and make multiple references to all the times you've found a big hunk of pork in your vegetarian frozen meal.

Additional Details

Beers on Tap:
None
Signature Drink:
Thyme Lemonade
Bar Snacks:
Coming soon.
Patio:
Yes
Music/Genre:
Pop
Live Music:
No
Who Goes There:
Anyone who budgets while drunk, anyone who has won friends with salad.
Hours:
5pm -2am Wednesday-Friday, 10-2 am Saturday, 1-5 pm Sunday

Discussion

18 Comments

Bro / July 8, 2013 at 11:16 AM
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I wish they'd make spaces for cool people not just douches.

Mark / July 8, 2013 at 11:23 AM
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A funny entertaining review - liked the part about doing the Math!

Emily / July 8, 2013 at 11:34 AM
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Funny review, especially the reference to making friends with salad.

Sara / July 8, 2013 at 2:12 PM
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No beers on tap? Why should I hang out here?

pablo / July 8, 2013 at 2:19 PM
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That's...so...expensive

Kandace / July 8, 2013 at 2:54 PM
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during the after work hours starting at 5pm all mixed drinks are only $4.50, which HAS to be one of the cheapest good drinks in the neighbourhood. I checked out this place with my girlfriends last thursday because we know one of the promoters doing the after work parties and it was awesome. Such a refreshing patio atmosphere, and we didnt need to break the bank to get a little tipsy!

sara / July 8, 2013 at 3:07 PM
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^^ I also was there on thursday after work, $4.50 drinks were amazing, we also got a hookah which was a bit expensive, but like the review says it was probably the best hookah i've ever had in my life and splitting it with my girlfriends was worth it.

Mike / July 8, 2013 at 3:14 PM
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Great spot, clean classy patio, no BS "cover charge", and an unbelievable caesar. 2 for 10 bucks including tip, i'll be back after work for sure.

Jack / July 8, 2013 at 3:34 PM
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You misspelled bartender as "mixologist".

Roberto / July 8, 2013 at 3:39 PM
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Congratulations to the EFS team. We enjoyed working with you on this project. Awesome place to check out in King West, I highly recommend it for a great night out!
Roberto
Suite 22 Interiors
www.suite22.ca

mike in parkdale / July 8, 2013 at 3:53 PM
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anyone who says "cheapest drinks in the neighbourhood" clearly doesn't know about the Wheat Sheaf, about 25 seconds away on foot.But that's a different crowd, I suppose.

Char / July 8, 2013 at 10:45 PM
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One of the smartest and wittiest review I`ve read in a long time!

J S In replying to a comment from Sara / July 9, 2013 at 4:14 AM
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Sara, they don't want you

J S In replying to a comment from Sara / July 9, 2013 at 4:14 AM
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Don't!!!

Anon / August 15, 2013 at 11:59 PM
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This place has douches behind the bar and in it. Watch out for the 15% gratuity they charge even if the services sucks. And it sucks!

StAcey / September 1, 2013 at 1:00 AM
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Garbage!!! Over priced full of Botox hurting people

Marco / November 17, 2013 at 2:55 PM
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This place is a complete waste of time, waited 40 mins in line, only to find out it is dead inside, the bartenders were very slow and rude, music wasn't bad but it is deffinetly not worth the 20$ entry

Dont waste you night there

S.P / February 4, 2014 at 8:34 PM
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This place annoyed the fuck outta me just hearing the name total waist of time, money etc. #KMFT

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