Express Bar is in what used to be Roti Lady, entered through what is now Superpoint’s takeout location. The side area transforms every night at 5.
The style here is very similar, red and blue neon lighting providing a glow like a constantly lit beer sign, plants dangling from the ceiling and retro memorabilia everywhere.
You can even buy out the whole space for private functions, but you should pre-order any pizza.
Some of Toronto’s favourite pizza is available by the pie or slice ($4.42) in beloved flavours like pepperoni, cheese ($16), Hawaiian, anchovy, soppressata and shrooms ($18). You can even get a slice and pint for $8.99.
They have one of Toronto’s favourite caesar salads ($12) too, but you won’t find any pasta or fancy apps here like at Ossington, just pizza, salads and subs.
A Dillon’s bottled negroni ($14) is a quick and easy way of getting the classic vermouth, gin, campari and cava concoction.
It’s nice and bitter but juicy, and fresh orange peel adds aromatic freshness to this premade libation. Other $14 cocktails sport names like The McBain Movie and Joey-Joe-Joe-Shabadoo featuring liquors favoured by industry folk like amaro and fernet.
Wines include a luscious Chinati Rufina ($13) that goes amazingly with pizza, as well as a Tawse chardonnay ($9) and even sparkling ($10). Watch out for frequent deals on their curated selection of grapes.
Other than that it’s dad beers like Labatt Crystal, Old Vienna, Coors Light and Tiger ($6) though can step it up minimally beer-wise with Woodhouse on tap at $7 for a pint and $18 for a pitcher.
Seating consists of metal tables and stools scattered throughout the relatively cramped, low-ceilinged, dark space, and some bar seating. Thankfully there are hooks for jackets and bags. Just make sure you don’t miss the last call for pizza when the kitchen closes!