What’s on the menu at The Greater Good, a new craft beer bar from the owners of Get Well
Name: The Greater Good
Contact: 229 Geary Ave., 647-348-2339, @thegreatergoodbar
Owners: Jeff Barber, Julia Flood, Alan Kelley and Tim Oakley (Get Well)
Chefs: Alex Potter and Josh Spatz (North of Brooklyn Pizzeria)
Beer, beer and more beer—specifically a rotating selection of the Ontario craft kind (with the odd Belgian sour or American IPA). Co-owner Alan Kelley says he’d like to focus on neighbourhood breweries including Blood Brothers and Indie Ale House, who share a space just a few doors down from the bar. “I’m really excited to get cool one-offs from those guys,” says Kelley. There’s also a fridge full of bottles and cans, and—if beer isn’t your thing—a stocked bar for mixed drinks.
As they do at Get Well, North of Brooklyn sells slices and full pies from open to close. It’s a symbiotic relationship: “They like their pizza paired with beer, and we like our beer paired with pizza,” says Kelley. Unlike at the Dundas West bar however, The Greater Good gets a lot of families coming in for dinner—kids get to enjoy pizza and old-timey arcade games, and parents are afforded some precious pint time.
It’s a much brighter and airier version of its previous self (Kitch had a dropped ceiling and blacked-out windows) filled with campy art sourced from Buffalo’s Hollywood Hank’s. The second-floor mini arcade features Skee Ball, a couple of pinball machines and a handful of arcade games, including some rare finds like Toobin’ and the very addictive, on-theme Tapper. Forty people can fit on the patio and watch as cargo trains rumble past on the nearby tracks.