January 08, 2014

Weslodge Saloon

Photo Credit: http://weslodge.com/
I had the pleasure of meeting up with an old friend the other day at Weslodge Saloon. This was my first time to this restaurant/bar. Located in the trendy King St W area, Weslodge  Saloon took my breath away upon entering. Once you walk into the restaurant you are greeted by a beautiful hostess who will walk you in past the heavy, plush curtains that mask the entrance. Immediately I noticed the large, heavy wood tables with plush seating and antlers on the walls. The bar takes up almost the entire wall on one side, and let me tell you, it is fully stocked! Along that back wall of the bar side of Weslodge saloon is a massive window looking into the very large kitchen. The unisex washrooms are located up a flight of stairs. Walking to the washroom you pass by an area that would be perfect for a dinner party. The table seats approx 10-12 people, and is on a balcony over looking the entire restaurant. Perfect for a birthday celebration! 

Now the fun part! The drinks! My friend and I didn't have any food while at Weslodge Saloon, we were there strictly to catch up over after work drinks. Our awesome bartender (who was wearing a holster by the way, as were the other male staff - which I loved!) presented us with a couple menus. Weslodge Saloon has an extensive cocktail list, as well as scotch list. I decided to try a "La Floridita" (El Dorado Rum, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Maraschino Liquor, Cava, Orange Spiced Simple, Lemon oil. [Caramelized sugar blend with tart citrus spices in a playful balance of bubbles.]) and my friend ordered an "Orange Spiced Old Fashioned" (Bulleit Bourbon, Orange spiced Simple Syrup, Xocolate Mole & Angostura Bitters, Orange oil. [Outstanding orange spices unite with bold sweetness and are mellowed with ahint of bitter chocolate.]). The La Floridita was delicious. It tasted like an adult version of an Orangina. It was light and bubbly. Just, delicious. 
Next round I ordered a The Toronto, I obviously had to! Now, The Toronto was of course a bit stronger than the La Floridta I had just had, but in no way was it overwhelming. I'm not a scotch or whiskey drinker, but this was a delicious, smooth drink for sipping. 

For our last, and final round I went back to The Floridita, I'm a champagne girl, what can I say? My friend ordered a Maker's 46 off of Weslodge Saloon's extensive scotch list. The Maker's 46 is such a smooth, elegant looking bottle. And apparently - the scotch was as well!

While at a Weslodge Saloon, many other tables had food brought out, and everything looked and smelled absolutely delicious. I'm looking forward to going back to try a few other cocktails and food items. 

Have you ever been to Weslodge Saloon? What cocktails of their menu would you suggest?

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