Bar Poet Toronto

Bar Poet

Bar Poet boasts a menu of $10 pizzas accompanied by a wine on tap and cocktails, priced just as competitively. 

Formerly home to Church Aperitivo Bar, the space with a capacity of about 100 has been totally transformed into an indoor patio escape of sorts. 
Bar Poet Toronto

Fireproofed real trees sprout fake leaves intertwined with twinkly lights that mimic stars, and a large striped awning looms over the entire bar.

Bar Poet Toronto

Start off a meal or snack on a Li’l Banger ($4.50), a crushable slider with a beef patty, shredded lettuce, secret sauce, American cheese and juicy roasted cherry tomatoes that take things over the top, all on a squishy mini potato bun.

Bar Poet Toronto

A Peaches & Cream salad is $18 for a shareable family size, a base of creamy, salty stracciatella topped with caramelized roasted peaches, a mountain of fresh arugula, a chardonnay dressing, almonds, black pepper and parm.

Bar Poet Toronto

The pizza here is a little crispier than Neapolitan, stretchy with a subtle sourdough tang, the dough made here using stone-ground 00 flour and fermented for three days. 

Bar Poet Toronto

The Hot Rod ($9) is essentially your basic pepperoni pizza, topped with traditional red sauce made using a blend of California and San Marzano tomatoes, mozzarella, perfectly curled little cups of pepperoni, and a hot honey to finish that adds a little sweetness, spiciness and flair to this staple.

Bar Poet Toronto

The Life is Gucci ($9.95) is a white pizza topped with sweetly caramelized mortadella, crunchy pistachios, taleggio, ricotta, hot honey and chives.

Bar Poet Toronto

An unusual green pizza called the Green Machine ($9.95) has a base of green pea sauce topped with parmesan, stracciatella, lemon, rapini, herbs and green goddess for a trifecta of dairy-citrus-herb perfection.

Bar Poet Toronto

The Smoked Whitefish ($9.95) is my personal fave, a white pie topped with smoked whitefish, fried capers, pickled mustard seeds, fresh herbs, chipotle sauce and wedges of lemon. A great substitute for those craving New England clam pizza.

Bar Poet Toronto

A single meatball seems a little pricey at $8.95, almost as much as a pizza, but it’s huge, dense and meaty, accompanied by red sauce, cream, pistachio pesto, olive oil, mozzarella, parmesan and chervil.

Bar Poet Toronto

For dessert, a cookie butter budino ($8) blends cookie butter into a budino topped with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, and Oreo and Lotus cookie crumbs.

Bar Poet Toronto

The Spaghett ($8) cheekily but refreshingly tops off a Miller High Life with Aperol and lemon.

Bar Poet Toronto

Wines range from a chilled white and red on tap, starting at $9 a glass, to a pet-nat Groszer Wien for $97 a bottle.

Bar Poet Toronto

What’s poetic about this place isn’t so much a strict literary theme, more a whimsical philosophy of offering “something for everyone,” whether that be high-end champagne or a game of Skee-Ball.

Bar Poet Toronto

Photos by

Hector Vasquez


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