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What’s on the menu at Pick 6ix Sports, the second coming of the Drake-affiliated bar (now with more pub food and a $2,500 VVIP room)

By Renée Suen| Photography by Renée Suen
What's on the menu at Pick 6ix Sports, the second coming of the Drake-affiliated bar (now with more pub food and a $2,500 VVIP room)

Name: Pick 6ix Sports Contact: 33 Yonge St., 416-861-9966, pick6ixsports.com, @pick6ixsports Neighbourhood: Financial District Owners: Nessell “Chubbs” Beezer (Drake’s head of security) and Sabah Nissan Chef: Ivan Bailey (Brassaii, Ardor Bistro, Bar Mar, Celestin)

The food

Bailey finesses pub classics (burgers, pizzas, sandwiches, fish and chips) with Latin American flavours and French technique. For example, baby back ribs go through a cooking-technique trifecta (confit, sous vide, deep fried) before being tossed in a Peruvian chili barbecue sauce. Not-so-pubby dishes include ceviche, bibimbap and a tomahawk steak for two. There’s also a kids’ menu (yes, it’s a kid-friendly sports bar now) and a late-night menu of $6 burgers.

What's on the menu at Pick 6ix Sports, the second coming of the Drake-affiliated bar (now with more pub food and a $2,500 VVIP room)
Bailey’s ceviche features ahi tuna, avocado, mango, chillies, citrus and crispy shallots. It’s served with house-made taro chips. $16.

 

What's on the menu at Pick 6ix Sports, the second coming of the Drake-affiliated bar (now with more pub food and a $2,500 VVIP room)
Seared ahi tuna salad comes with avocado, tomatoes, anjou pears, and organic greens tossed in ponzu dressing with puffed rice. $19.

 

What's on the menu at Pick 6ix Sports, the second coming of the Drake-affiliated bar (now with more pub food and a $2,500 VVIP room)
Here are those baby back ribs we mentioned. $12.

 

What's on the menu at Pick 6ix Sports, the second coming of the Drake-affiliated bar (now with more pub food and a $2,500 VVIP room)
For the fish and chips, tempura-battered halibut is served with chunky “mushy” peas and tartar sauce. $25.

 

What's on the menu at Pick 6ix Sports, the second coming of the Drake-affiliated bar (now with more pub food and a $2,500 VVIP room)
Bailey’s version of bibimbap tops sushi rice with grilled short ribs, zucchini, julienned carrots, shiitake mushrooms, red peppers, bean sprouts, sesame seeds and green onions. $18.

 

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What's on the menu at Pick 6ix Sports, the second coming of the Drake-affiliated bar (now with more pub food and a $2,500 VVIP room)
Buttermilk fried chicken dressed in a maple syrup chili sauce, with bitter greens and mac and cheese. $24.

 

What's on the menu at Pick 6ix Sports, the second coming of the Drake-affiliated bar (now with more pub food and a $2,500 VVIP room)
The lemon cheesecake has a graham cracker crumble crust and it’s finished with torched meringue, candied lemon and raspberry coulis. $11.

 

What's on the menu at Pick 6ix Sports, the second coming of the Drake-affiliated bar (now with more pub food and a $2,500 VVIP room)
Chef Ivan Bailey.

 

The drinks

Beer, classic cocktails, Old World wines and non-boozy drinks, like root beer floats, for the kiddos. There are plenty of drink specials, too, considering the happy “hour” runs from 2 to 6 p.m. every single day.

What's on the menu at Pick 6ix Sports, the second coming of the Drake-affiliated bar (now with more pub food and a $2,500 VVIP room)
The majority of the bar’s 20 taps are devoted to local breweries, with most 16-ounce pours going for $6.50.

 

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What's on the menu at Pick 6ix Sports, the second coming of the Drake-affiliated bar (now with more pub food and a $2,500 VVIP room)
The vodka caesar is garnished with lime, pickled vegetables, olives and bacon. $12. ($10 on Sundays.)

 

The space

Due to extensive damage from a flood last summer, the entire bar had to be gutted. The overhauled space still has a “VVIP” room, but it’s no longer just for Drake—anyone can rent it out for the low fee of $2,500. The former VIP room is now outfitted with pool tables, booth seating, more TVs and framed jerseys acquired from hometown heroes. And of course there’s a DJ booth where the Raptors’ official DJ, 4korners, will be spinning after every playoff game. Outside, there’s an expansive year-round patio with its own bar.

What's on the menu at Pick 6ix Sports, the second coming of the Drake-affiliated bar (now with more pub food and a $2,500 VVIP room)
What's on the menu at Pick 6ix Sports, the second coming of the Drake-affiliated bar (now with more pub food and a $2,500 VVIP room)
What's on the menu at Pick 6ix Sports, the second coming of the Drake-affiliated bar (now with more pub food and a $2,500 VVIP room)
What's on the menu at Pick 6ix Sports, the second coming of the Drake-affiliated bar (now with more pub food and a $2,500 VVIP room)
What's on the menu at Pick 6ix Sports, the second coming of the Drake-affiliated bar (now with more pub food and a $2,500 VVIP room)
What's on the menu at Pick 6ix Sports, the second coming of the Drake-affiliated bar (now with more pub food and a $2,500 VVIP room)
The private dining area is separated from the main room by a wine wall.

 

What's on the menu at Pick 6ix Sports, the second coming of the Drake-affiliated bar (now with more pub food and a $2,500 VVIP room)
Here’s the patio.

 

What's on the menu at Pick 6ix Sports, the second coming of the Drake-affiliated bar (now with more pub food and a $2,500 VVIP room)
What's on the menu at Pick 6ix Sports, the second coming of the Drake-affiliated bar (now with more pub food and a $2,500 VVIP room)
What's on the menu at Pick 6ix Sports, the second coming of the Drake-affiliated bar (now with more pub food and a $2,500 VVIP room)
Ignore those “coming soon” signs, the bar is now open.

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