Just look for the Husqvarna in the window at this newly opened cocktail and snack bar on College Street.
Bar Stray is an industrial-chic new bar from female and under 30 biker Irina Rotar, who gutted and reno’d a former print shop to convert it into a social spot that aims to appeal to motorcycle and cocktail enthusiasts alike.
Whisky is a favourite at the bar and works its way into signature cocktails like the bright red beet-root and Té Bheag-spiked Drop The Beat, and the smoke-infused old fashioned named for the boxer ‘Smokin’ Joe Frazier.
Beer drinkers can choose from three local beers on tap including offerings from Lost Craft, Blood Brothers, and Collective Arts, while the kitchen turns out thirst-inducing nibbles.
The menu from Blaise Couturier features snacks like charcuterie, oysters, and hummus plus more substantial dishes like octopus with fingerling potatoes and chorizo, gin and beet-cured salmon, and seasonal offerings like a watermelon salad.
Industry night on Mondays are notable for the half-priced wine and buck-a-shuck oysters.
Rotar says she wants to “kill the biker stigma” and hopes to attract the community by partnering with local gear shops and sponsoring meets-up and rides where coffee, tea, and non-alcoholic beverages will encourage socializing responsibly.
Address: 532 College Street, Toronto