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What’s on the menu at Parc Ave, Yorkville’s swanky new bar that turns out a $135 caviar-topped cocktail

By Liza Agrba| Photography by Ebti Nabag
What’s on the menu at Parc Ave, Yorkville’s swanky new bar that turns out a $135 caviar-topped cocktail

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Name: Parc Ave Contact info: 265 Davenport Rd., 2nd floor, 647-283-5307, parcavetoronto.ca, @parcavetoronto
Neighbourhood: Yorkville Owners: Harlo Entertainment and Travis Agresti Beverage manager: Ben Kingstone Accessibility: Not accessible

“There are restaurants all over Yorkville, but not many places you can go for pre- or post-dinner nightlife” says Kingstone. “We wanted to fill that gap.” This luxurious spot focuses on beautiful, creative drinks and stellar service—think dim lighting, ultra-knowledgeable bartenders, and hot or cold towel service (depending on the season, of course).

On Wednesdays and Thursdays, Parc Ave is an intimate 28-seat cocktail bar, curtained off from the rest of the venue. The entire space opens up on weekends for a dancier vibe with a DJ, but it never turns into a full-fledged nightclub. It’s club-lite. Anyone who remembers Amber might consider Parc Ave its spiritual successor—but with a moodier, jazzier feel.

What’s on the menu at Parc Ave, Yorkville’s swanky new bar that turns out a $135 caviar-topped cocktail
Beverage manager Ben Kingstone
The food

There’s no kitchen here, though a flatbread menu is in the works. In the meantime, most drinks come with an amuse bouche of sorts, like a mini waffle cone filled with coffee buttercream or a spoonful of caviar. It’s probably best not to arrive hungry.

The drinks

Around 75 house-made infusions, essences and cordials underpin a menu of meticulously executed cocktails. There are barrel-aged cocktails, martinis, juleps, sours, champagne-based tipples, and a vintage reserve section that covers classics made with top-shelf ingredients (and a touch of creative license). The most lavish offering? A $135 Sazerac with a caviar garnish.

What’s on the menu at Parc Ave, Yorkville’s swanky new bar that turns out a $135 caviar-topped cocktail
Here we have the Vampire Campfire, Parc’s take on an old fashioned, barrel-aged in French oak for six to eight weeks. Maker’s Mark bourbon, cacao butter–infused Lillet Blanc, lemon shrub, pink peppercorn cordial and Laphroaig Select Islay whiskey make for a savoury, spirit-forward drink with hints of vanilla, chocolate and smoke. The garnish is a house-made ruby Aero bar. (Parc tempers ruby chocolate and vacuum-seals it, which creates all those beautiful little bubbles.) It’s finished with precisely cut lemon and orange coins and a spray of lemon and orange essence. $36

 

What’s on the menu at Parc Ave, Yorkville’s swanky new bar that turns out a $135 caviar-topped cocktail
Kingstone’s favourite cocktail, the fruity, bitter and refreshing Devil’s Advocate, combines summer berry–infused Campari, cacao nib Cinzano vermouth and rosé bubbles. It’s a take on an Americano, typically made from Campari, sweet vermouth and soda. “I’ve taken it a couple of steps further, infusing the ingredients and swapping soda with rosé bubbles for extra booziness and depth,” says Kingstone. It’s garnished with brûléed orange and a skeleton leaf. $24

 

What’s on the menu at Parc Ave, Yorkville’s swanky new bar that turns out a $135 caviar-topped cocktail
This next cocktail comes with dessert

 

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What’s on the menu at Parc Ave, Yorkville’s swanky new bar that turns out a $135 caviar-topped cocktail
Harry’s Rabbit combines coffee butter–infused Roe & Co. Irish whiskey, Fernet Branca, hazelnut liqueur, salted vanilla, cold brew and egg white. (Whiskey sour, meet espresso martini.) It’s garnished with a dusting of cacao powder and a mini waffle cone filled with coffee buttercream. This is your dessert course: it tastes like decadent buttered coffee and chocolate with a hint of mint. $36

 

What’s on the menu at Parc Ave, Yorkville’s swanky new bar that turns out a $135 caviar-topped cocktail
Here we have the Pineapple Express, a delightful mix of Dejado Blanco tequila infused with grilled pineapple, a bit of lime juice, bubbles and ginger gomme syrup (subbing in for simple syrup). It’s topped with blackcurrant foam and finished with a ginger-and-pineapple pat de fruit placed atop a banana leaf and sprinkled with 24-karat-gold Maldon salt. $36
What’s on the menu at Parc Ave, Yorkville’s swanky new bar that turns out a $135 caviar-topped cocktail
This gimlet-style martini is the Bruiser’s Bill. Pink peppercorn–infused Tanqueray 10, a touch of clarified lemon juice, cacao butter Lillet Blanc, Cointreau and absinthe. The batch is infused with Palo Santo smoke (that’s the bubble on top) and finished with chocolate bitters. $24

 

What’s on the menu at Parc Ave, Yorkville’s swanky new bar that turns out a $135 caviar-topped cocktail
Here it is again, just after the bubble has burst

 

What’s on the menu at Parc Ave, Yorkville’s swanky new bar that turns out a $135 caviar-topped cocktail
And once the smoke has cleared

 

What’s on the menu at Parc Ave, Yorkville’s swanky new bar that turns out a $135 caviar-topped cocktail
The next—and most extravagant—cocktail begins with a perfectly shaped ice sphere

 

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What’s on the menu at Parc Ave, Yorkville’s swanky new bar that turns out a $135 caviar-topped cocktail
And ends with some caviar

 

What’s on the menu at Parc Ave, Yorkville’s swanky new bar that turns out a $135 caviar-topped cocktail
Here we have the Sazerac, off the vintage reserve menu. It blends Remy XO cognac, Michter’s US-1 Sour Mash (small-batch Kentucky whiskey), and Peychaud’s bitters topped with a lemon twist and a wee spoon of caviar. $135
The space

There are two rooms with rather different vibes, each creating their own experience. If you’re feeling cozy drinks in a ritzy environment, you want the cocktail bar. Or, if you want to dance, wait for the weekend and hit the main lounge, where there’s a DJ booth and plenty of room to move. Designer Lisa Ho outfitted each space with high-end finishes, including custom millwork. Artwork from LA’s Art Angels, celebrity glamour shots, and vintage Hollywood photographs deck the walls.

What’s on the menu at Parc Ave, Yorkville’s swanky new bar that turns out a $135 caviar-topped cocktail
What’s on the menu at Parc Ave, Yorkville’s swanky new bar that turns out a $135 caviar-topped cocktail
What’s on the menu at Parc Ave, Yorkville’s swanky new bar that turns out a $135 caviar-topped cocktail
What’s on the menu at Parc Ave, Yorkville’s swanky new bar that turns out a $135 caviar-topped cocktail
What’s on the menu at Parc Ave, Yorkville’s swanky new bar that turns out a $135 caviar-topped cocktail
What’s on the menu at Parc Ave, Yorkville’s swanky new bar that turns out a $135 caviar-topped cocktail

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