SpiritHouse: Where Fabulous Cocktails are Shaken and Shared
SpiritHouse is a King West’s new go-to spot for enjoying incredible cocktails in a laid-back, refined atmosphere. Located in the same building as the Toronto Institute for Bartending, SpiritHouse is capitalizing on what people have been demanding for years: cocktails, crafted by the finest. And with over 400 bottles in house, customization and unique drinks are guaranteed.
The King West area has undergone a shift in the last decade, and is now becoming a very popular place for evenings out in the city. Locals immediately flocked to SpiritHouse to sample the drink, and savor good times lounging on the tufted black leather couches surrounded by a myriad of vintage photographs.
Barrel-aged cocktails are also something that SpiritHouse is taking to the next level. Rather than follow the traditional way that these cocktails are served, SpiritHouse bottles them in 250-ml whiskey nips and serves them directly to guests to consume in house. Each bottle is hand labelled, batch numbered, wax sealed and dated, and served in a double glass with an ice sphere to keep the liquids nice and cool but without diluting the cocktail. Guests can also take the bottle home as a keepsake.
According to SpiritHouse owner Len Fragomeni, “classic whisky and gin cocktails along with seasonal cocktails have been the most popular.” Other favorites, such as the Cucumber Basil Smash, London Clocktower, Chateau Cassis, Seville Orange Sour and the original Cosmopolitan, a pre-Sex and the City version that is blush pink, are also in very high demand at the spirit bar. While they try to keep the recipes for their cocktails non-branded (spirits notwithstanding), Perrier fans will be happy to learn that the classic sparkling water is often used in the creation of their fabulous cocktails.
Located at 487 Adelaide Street West, SpiritHouse is Toronto’s premiere spirit bar with the largest selection of bottles and brands in the city, and a cocktail list that caters to every palette.