Speakeasy 21 makes its mark in the Financial District

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photos by Yuli Scheidt

Originally posted to Ama’s weekly column on Toronto Is Awesome.

Listen up Financial District: an elegant and chic prohibition-style resto-bar has moved into the area. That place is Speakeasy 21. Located on the main-floor of the Scotiabank Plaza, this modern yet sleek venue is offering up 4,000 square feet of contemporary dining experience.


With its 1920 inspired theme, the decor fuses together timeless features like leathers and brass with wonderful marble. An open kitchen gives what to the swell of activity within the kitchen. Outside there is promise of a large patio for District dwellers to get their liberations on in the summer heat. The restaurant is almost floor-to-ceiling glass windows bringing in beautiful natural sunlight.

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Taking the reins at Speakeasy 21 is Chef Andrew Wilson (ex-Canoe and Origin North) who has kept the menu approachable yet sophisticated. Many of the items are seasonable, like the Shrimp Burger with Chorizo. It almost seemed like an odd pairing but yet it had such an incredibly wonderful taste. Paired with one of the Liberations like the Canadian Cooler ($14.50, Eristoff Vodka, Lime juice, Simple syrup, Mint leaves, Cucumber slices) — it was love at first sip and nibble.

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Some other delicious bites were the Butter Chicken Balls ($14) and the Ground Chuck Burger ($18, lettuce, tomato, and house sauce) paired alongside a beautifully poured Rob Roy ($14.50, Dewar’s Scotch, Sweet Vermouth, Bitters, Orange Twist) — you have yourself a fine evening filled with great eats and energizing cocktails.

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The drinks menu consists of nearly 45 potions both unique and classic by bartender Dave Moore (Brant House, Easy, and The Fifth). Everything here is taken with much style and grace and if you’re not a cocktail drinker, not to worry: there is also an extensive wine list consisting of 38 varieties.

This brand new resto-bar is going to inject some serious life into the Core (espically with live music every Thursday). You don’t have to just take our word for it either.