Pong Bar Toronto

Pong Bar

Pong Bar is the subterranean wing of Walrus Pub, a slightly more rowdy beer hall revolving around a central area with ping pong tables.

Also encompassing a Barber & Co. location and Lovejoy Cafe, it’s another venture from The Donelly Group that aims to be a crowd-pleaser.

Pong Bar Toronto

The windowless area is entered via a set of stairs, giving it a speakeasy feel. The whole thing is very laissez-faire, menus written on mirrors and walls, forms filled out and given to bartenders for a food ordering system.

Pong Bar Toronto

Shareable currywurst fries ($9) are thinly sliced perhaps a bit out of proportion with large slices of sausage, topped with mayo and a curry ketchup that could perhaps use a little heat but nevertheless doesn’t hit me over the head with competing spices.

Pong Bar Toronto

The “fresh” bowl ($11) is a hit upstairs at Walrus and can also be obtained from Lovejoy in grab-and-go form. With rotisserie chicken, avocado, feta, quinoa, kale, and a citrus thyme vinaigrette, it’s easy to see why this well-balanced but tasty option is a favourite.

Pong Bar Toronto

Hot fried chicken ($12 for three pieces) is marinated in buttermilk and coated with a dry dredge that contains 15 spices, served with very peppery but creamy cabbage slaw.

Pong Bar Toronto

So food isn’t too pricey, but draft local beer that starts at no less than $8 is where they’ll get you.

Pong Bar Toronto

Amsterdam, Kensington, Henderson and Nickel Brook beers are on the less expensive end of the spectrum, Indie Alehouse, Blood Brothers and Burdock offerings topping out around $9.50.

Pong Bar Toronto

Ping pong tables can be rented for a minimum of an hour, half an hour during off-peak times. This ranges from $15 an hour until 5 p.m. up to $50 an hour after 8 p.m. for walk-ins, $35 and $70 respectively for reservations (which can be made at the hostess desk or over the phone).

Pong Bar Toronto

Lovejoy does licensed dine-in service as well as cafe and grab-and-go fare, and is open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Pong Bar itself is open from 11 a.m. to late on weekdays, 4 p.m. to late on weekends.

Pong Bar Toronto

Photos by

Victoria Frantsev


Pong Bar

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