Mulberry Bar comes to us from the folks behind the popular coffee-by-day, cocktails-by-night spot Northwood. The places are similar to each other in terms of look, feel, and what you’ll find on the menu, and that’s intentional. Owner Richard Pope hopes to create a community for great cocktails with these places.
They all have a vaguely French bent, but Pope says where Northwood is Montreal, Mulberry Bar is France. The main difference between the spaces is that whereas Northwood opens around midday and offers coffee service, Mulberry opens around 4 p.m. and only serves cold brew.
Night owl workers are still welcome to make this place their office even without the allure of hot coffee given the WiFi and USB outlets on offer. Drinkers and laptoppers alike bask in the LED glow of a custom-built “skylight” by Discreet + Discrete.
Similar to Northwood, this place also has an ultra-cute side patio, in this case facing Shaw St.
The Milkshake Dreams ($14) blends creme de cacao blanc, strawberry liqueur, vanilla Haagen Dasz, chocolate bitters, and a fresh strawberry to create one of the best (and most adult) strawberry milkshakes you’ve ever had.
La Saison du Tracteur by Trou du Diable is one of the many formidable (and pricey) bottles that make up a more typical aspect of these two bars, a sophisticated beer list.
The Double R ($13) is another milkshake cocktail and a detailed homage to Twin Peaks. Named after the diner from the show, this cocktail combines amaretto, Cherry Heering liqueur, Northwood cold brew, vanilla Haagen Dasz, and just the right touch of floral rosewater.
The Grammatology ($13) pays homage to Pope’s academic background with a reference to the seminal work by Jacques Derrida. This scotch-forward cocktail contains both Famous Grouse and Laphroaig scotches along with pear liqueur, gomme syrup, and a fresh pear garnish.
The food menu here is very similar to Northwood, mainly focusing on selection of quality cheeses, mostly French, and small snacks like sausage, pate, a limited list of sweets and their beloved white bean dip.
French Burgundy melty soft triple creme Chateau de Bourgogne and French Corsican sheep’s cheese Fleur de Marquis encrusted with potent juniper, rosemary and fennel (both $8 for an ounce) make up our cheese selection. Raw honey, Northwood apple bourbon jam, seed and dried fruit crisps and apple chips accompany.
The whole bar is awash in a lush emerald green that makes you feel like you’ve fallen into a salon from the Enlightenment era, plants intertwining overhead.
Don’t turn away if both the adorable patio and cozy main room are full. There are about twelve more seats in the much dimmer but equally romantic basement space.