Watson's is a bar located at Richmond and Spadina brought to you by the team behind Roxy Bar. The aim here is to provide higher-end booze at lower price points.
I decided to meet a friend for drinks at Watson's right after work on a Friday, anxious to cast off the chains of another week while getting slightly more wear out of my work pants. Inside, Watson's has high tables around the perimeter of the space and a few more in the middle.
There's a spot for a bigger group right at the front, looking out at the street. On the other side, there's a Ghostbusters arcade game (based on the original, to keep fragile masculinity intact) and a dartboard (spaced evenly from the game, to keep fragile faces intact).
The bar is nice and high, with stools along the side and a chalkboard wall welcoming patrons and illustrating the food policy (bring your own!) in fancy typography. There are some board games in the corner as well as local art and several TVs mounted across the walls.
It feels like the kind of place you could bring a nice date in that it looks like a fancy bar but there's also a lot of external stimuli in case the conversation goes south.
The drink menu is decidedly different than Roxy Bar, with emphasis put on booze instead of beer. I chose a vodka soda made with Grey Goose ($7), which was a nice change from my usual Smirnoff taste-wise, yet not too different my usual Smirnoff cost-wise.
The rest of the menu seems to reflect that sentiment, too. There are lists on lists of different spirits, but the prices are surprisingly reasonable.
As the bar got busier and Friday drifted to a close, my friend and I made our way out through the tables and people who had settled in for a night of drinks and discussion. We agreed we would definitely be back at some point in the future.
Less than twenty four hours later, I found myself back at Watson's, drinking tequila and soda with a few different friends who I had mentioned the place (and prices) to.