BLACK IRISH WHISKEY BAR & OYSTER SALOON

Black Irish Whiskey Bar & Oyster Saloon is famous for it’s “Five Points” patio. So mark your calendars, the Official Irish Spring Patio Launch is happening on Saturday May 28, starting with a whole lotta fun including a lobster boil at 1pm, and much more.

The 60-seat patio has become a huge draw for the condo dwellers nearby and for those living and visiting the east side.

Fun fact: The Five Points Patio’s moniker comes from the fact that during the mid-to late 1800s, oyster saloons of the five points in New York City were kept open all night for drinking, dancing, gambling and generally riotous behaviour.

Inside the Irish bar is just as sweet. Co-owners Joey McGuirk and Kevin Wailoo have created a cozy bar that looks so authentic from days of yore, you’d never believe it hasn’t been here for 100 years.

McGuirk works in film and TV and has a flair for creating a rich ambiance like a set. The room is filled with memorabilia from the film Pompeii, photos of working with Kiefer Sutherland and Kit Harington of Game of Thrones (wearing a Black Irish t-shirt, which will soon be available for purchase). There’s an original tin ceiling in front of the bar, piano, and fully functional claw foot tub (filled with three to four types of Rodney’s Oysters) from the 1800’s, beautiful, worn armchairs from The Royal York (rock stars and royalty have sat here), and cozy booths from the successful Canadian drama, Bomb Girls.

McGuirk and his mom picked up other antiques and knick-knacks throughout the province.”There was a lot of thought and travelling through Ontario,” he says.

The intimate room and patio is home to a great selection of oysters, beers on tap, and 20 or more Irish whiskeys including the really high-end stuff like Midleton-Barry Crockett Legacy, which goes for $310 a bottle at the LCBO.

And there’s a big emphasis on food here, with a menu boasting items you might not expect from an Irish pub, such as steak, Guinness Braised Lamb Shank and their infamous Boston Clam Chowder. Fans of Oh Boy! Burger Market will be thrilled to know they can get their fave burgers and Irish poutine here, alongside daily specials that include lobster nachos, and lobster poutine, brunch (including Irish breakfast), and a dedicated menu just for Sundays.

If that’s not enough, their second anniversary is soon to arrive – June 11 – with a big bang up party as well, so there’s lots of cause for celebration, indoors and out.

Source – Dine.TO May 13, 2016
Editor Stephanie Dickison

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