Bar Biltmore is the rooftop destination of the Paradise Theatre, serving a menu of cocktails and shareable bites.
Located directly above the ground-floor restaurant Osteria Rialto, where guests can reserve seats for dinner, Bar Biltmore offers more of a drop-in experience.
Like the rest of the building, this beautiful space is an ode to the theatre's art deco past, with a mix of teal and gold accents, patterned tiles, and leather seating. Standing height tables allow for some casual mingling across the bar.
In the summer, the doors open up to the outdoor patio which looks out over Bloor, and offers a close up of Paradise's cascading sign.
Pop by for a pre- or post-movie drink (anytime after 6 p.m.) from a menu curated by Robin Goodfellow.
The selection revolves around three cocktails: the whisky sour ($14), negroni ($14), and the aperol spritz ($13), the prosecco and aperol aperitivo.
The drink menu builds itself around those three classics, with two additional takes on each drink that are classified as either "clean" or "courageous", depending if your palate's in the mood for something light-bodied or a little more experimental.
It'll rotate monthly, but the "courageous" take on the whisky sour when I visit is something called the Halfstack ($16), an icy blue Mezcal-based drink with Bianco Vermouth.
The Tagliare ($14) is currently the clean iteration negroni, made with gin, fino sherry, and a Paradise-made Bitter Bianco.
From the raw bar comes a lean menu of bites, like cheese or salumi boards like the capicola ($12) from Belleville's La Cultura, topped with some some housemade taralli.
A fresh plate of Mozzarella & Giardiniera ($18) has chunks of cheese from Quebec served with some gluten-free pickles.
There's a trio of crostini available, but the the prettiest dish is probably the the stracciatella version topped with a mostarda made from quinces that have been marinated for 10 days, and a sprinkling of pistachios.
A veal-canned Ahi tuna tonnato ($19) comes with some corona beans and arugula.
There are only two desserts available: a plate of assorted biscotti, or the chocolate hazeulnut bar ($9) which is definitely the more decadent of the two. A crispy praline bottom holds a super dense chocolate hazelnut bar with a hazeulnut glaze on top.
While certain details of Bar Biltmore can only be appreciated while the sun's still up, a visit after dark is bound to bring the space to life in an exciting way.