Proof Vodka Bar
220 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON, M5S 1T8
With more emphasis on ritz than glitz, Proof Vodka Bar demonstrates elegance without pretension.
|Music Genres |||Jazz, Lounge|
|Payment |||MasterCard, American Express, Visa|
|Getting There |||St. Georges Subway|
|Cross Street |||Avenue Road/ Queen's Park|
|Sun – Sat: 3PM – 1AM|
Profile Last Updated: September 21, 2007
It’s not uncommon for Yorkville nightspots to feature a “seen or be seen” atmosphere. Proof Vodka Bar is trying to break that pattern by striving for a laidback yet sophisticated vibe. Located inside the Intercontinental Hotel, this lavish and subdued bar has a tranquil feeling that is unique in this part of the city. Upon entering, there is a tall communal table that seats about a dozen people; it leads up to the long, main bar, made of white granite. The room has plenty of deep-seated couches surrounding large dark wooded tables. The subdued lighting and mid-tempo grooves make it easy to settle in and talk with a business associate or a potential love interest.
Vast Vodka Selection
Proof offers more than 50 types of vodka from all over the globe including Scotland, Finland, Poland, the U.S., New Zealand and of course the country of its origin: Russia. It serves up an assortment of vodka shots, along with a medley of vodka martinis. Proof also carries a select menu of “luxurious snacks.” The deep-fried tenderloin served with blue cheese dip is a popular choice, as is the beef tenderloin fondue. Other favourites include spring rolls and stickleback fish. These tasty appetizers are a great accompaniment for your drink of choice.
A Mature Setting
The clientele is a cross between professionals in their mid-20s to late 30s and a slightly older Yorkville crowd. During the day, expect to see guests of the hotel and folks meeting for after-work drinks, but as night approaches, the vibe becomes trendier. Proof Vodka Bar is all about friendly service and an environment that is more “hipster lounge” than hotel bar. They get the balance right by making patrons feel special without having the pretentious vibe that stylish hotel bars often have.