Moms Basement Toronto

Mom's Basement

Mom's Basement is a retro bar with a focus on '70s, '80s and '90s culture where two retro movies are usually playing at the same time.

The space is choc full of VHS tapes, retro arcade cabinets and video game consoles.
Moms Basement Toronto

As such, it actually imitates the stereotypical mom's basement where kids might hang out growing up, complete with couches and a coffee table.

Moms Basement Toronto

Expect hits from Weezer and the like for a soundtrack.

Moms Basement Toronto

A tight range of $2.50 snacks follows this ethos as well, feeling like late-night options you'd snag from the convenience store or sneak from the snack drawer.

Moms Basement Toronto

This includes items like Old Dutch chips at Hot Rod pepperoni sticks, and if you get a selection the smorgasbord might just be served on a retro cafeteria tray.

Moms Basement Toronto

Popcorn comes in a massive portion, with the option to add your choice of flavoured powder, for example a zinging salt and vinegar.

Moms Basement Toronto

For "dessert," opt for Nerds and Twinkies for sweet treats.

The only menu item that falls outside this formula is a "main" of Kraft Dinner outrageously priced at $15 as somewhat of a joke.

Moms Basement Toronto

Mom's Brew is the cheapest option for draft beer at $6 for a 16-ounce pint, a crushable 5 per cent and contract brewed by Radical Road.

Moms Basement

Floppy disks make for fittingly retro coasters.

Moms Basement Toronto

$12 cocktails include a Laura Palmer made with gin, citrus, a strawberry-lime Berlinerweisse from Muddy York, and floral bitters.

Moms Basement Toronto

The Near Dark n' Stormy takes the inspiration for its name from the movie Near Dark, basically a twist on a Dark n' Stormy but made with white rum rather than spiced rum and garnished with candied ginger.

This makes the cocktail even more easy-drinking than a typical Dark n' Stormy, and allows the spice of the ginger beer to shine.

Moms Basement Toronto

Other cocktails with equally nerdy names include the Highlander, but there are also about eight rotating options each for craft beer on draft and in cans.

Moms Basement Toronto

Games include a tabletop Donkey Kong outfit positioned on top of a barrel, as well as arcade cabinet Pac-Man and another cabinet with multiple gaming options.

Moms Basement TorontoWhen Storm Crow Manor is all booked up, and if Tilt or Zed 80 are too overwhelming, consider hitting up this cozier nerd bar. 

Moms Basement Toronto

Photos by

Hector Vasquez


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