Firkin Flagship Opens


TORONTO — While Toronto’s King West fills with hip, urban nightclubs, a bar of a different variety has just opened for those who eschew red velvet rope lineups. Just in time to save the casual pint fan, The Firkin Group of Pubs has unveiled its new flagship location: The Firkin on King Street in Toronto at 461 King Street West.

“With all the planning, meetings and construction logistics we’sve worked through over the past few months, it is exciting that The Firkin on King has finally opened for business in such a thriving urban community,” says Dan Targonsky, general manager of the full-service British-inspired pub. “At Firkin, we’sre all about good food, good pints… so we’sre especially excited to be able to bring the full Firkin experience to the King West neighbourhood.”

Formerly a Toronto Dominion Bank branch, the Firkin’s design and feel melds seamlessly with the original marble flooring, wood panelling and existing structural elements of the former bank. A previous office is now a cosy game room, complete with chess, backgammon and checker boards. Across from the main bar is a private boardroom for private functions, corporate meetings and business lunches. Downstairs, the main dining area showcases existing brickwork and panelling to create a warm and comfortable space while, outside, a patio seats 80.

Combined with the main bar area upstairs and the bar and dining room in the basement, the pub boasts seating for nearly 400 people, making it one of the group’s largest to date.

“Every effort has been made to maintain the original character and history of the existing space”, says Ian Fisher, Firkin Group of Pubs lead designer. “We’sve worked hard to marry the traditional Firkin Pubs look and feel with a non-traditional, original space — as we do with all of our pubs.”

As a casual and comfortable neighbourhood establishment, The Firkin on King will serve an extensive lunch and dinner menu, a brunch menu on weekends and a late-night menu for the night-owls.


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