King Taps - First Canadian Place

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King Taps - First Canadian Place

Postby sstackho » Sat Oct 22, 2016 1:43 pm

Yet another one.

https://nowtoronto.com/food-and-drink/f ... -beer-bar/

King Taps, set to open in First Canadian Place, promises 50 beers on tap.

There's no doubt that craft beer has gone mega-mainstream, but you know a trend has hit a whole new level when a giant beer hall sets up shop in one of Toronto's biggest office towers (a block away from another giant, soon-to-open beer hall).

King Taps, a brand-new spot that promises 50 taps of local craft beer, is about to open in First Canadian Place (100 King West) and is currently hiring. "It will feature two levels, two bars, and loads of seats, because we want there to be room for everyone," the management writes in a vendor call. "Oh, and our patios promise to become an instant Toronto legend as soon as the sun is shining."

Meanwhile, a couple of blocks away at Yonge and Richmond, the first Toronto location of Calgary-based chain Craft Beer Market is also nearing completion, and is slated to open in early 2017. After-work drinkers, start your engines.

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Re: King Taps - First Canadian Place

Postby Automatic » Tue Nov 29, 2016 2:59 pm

Maybe this is going to take over the old Vertical restaurant space that O&B closed this past spring. It'll be nice to have something connected to the PATH for post-work beers instead of the "Duke" spots.
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Re: King Taps - First Canadian Place

Postby alsiem » Tue Jan 24, 2017 8:32 pm

My friend is involved in the construction. When we spoke at Christmas, the schedule was for an April opening. Not sure if they are still on schedule though.
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Re: King Taps - First Canadian Place

Postby alsiem » Sun Apr 23, 2017 10:27 pm

Latest word I have is that May 24ish is the target date.
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Re: King Taps - First Canadian Place

Postby Malcolm » Thu May 18, 2017 2:23 pm

I went by it today on the King car and the hoardings are down, and it looked like people were sitting at the (a) bar.
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Re: King Taps - First Canadian Place

Postby alsiem » Mon May 22, 2017 11:22 pm

Told that they have started training of staff but license is tied to seats on the patio and patio isn't ready yet and that training is a like 4 weeks of work. There is also the Toronto Beer Exchange opening nearby and they will not open at the same time. Sooooo..... it's a secret but late June?
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Re: King Taps - First Canadian Place

Postby screw2000 » Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:22 pm

Must be close to opening -- they were doing staff interviews today when I walked by.

From what I could see through the windows:

- 1st floor / streetside -- looks like they combined a few smaller spaces together (used to be a newsstand and the UPS Store there)

- 2nd floor -- seems more open than the old Vertical bar space. I'm not sure what they did with the Vertical dining room (was a glassed-in space over the clothing store below -- it's all drywalled over now).

- 2nd floor patio -- same size and configuration (wasn't going to change without heavy demolition), still under construction
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Re: King Taps - First Canadian Place

Postby Gedge » Wed Jul 05, 2017 7:13 pm

Opens this Friday at 5 according to their Facebook page.
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Re: King Taps - First Canadian Place

Postby cratez » Thu Jul 06, 2017 11:53 am

I won't render a final judgement until I go and experience the place for myself (if I go at all), but I get the feeling that King Taps will not be catering to me or most other Bar Towellers. A massive bar located in the heart of the financial district with young, hip staff in their early twenties and marketing that has relatively little to say about the beer and food they'll be offering doesn't really appeal to me. Also, "50 taps" doesn't necessarily mean 50 good taps, and any time a bar veers into that territory you have to wonder about freshness and clean lines. Hopefully my initial sense is wrong and the place kicks ass, but I don't quite understand peoples' interest in this bar. Is it because you work close by? I am genuinely curious to know.
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Re: King Taps - First Canadian Place

Postby jrenihan » Thu Jul 06, 2017 12:08 pm

I'm interested because I work about 1 minute away. But I am also very skeptical. it is apparently owned by the same group that runs the Cactus Club restaurants. I don't expect it will be getting anything exciting, or that GLB et. al. will be sending one-offs to this location. But I do expect that they will have some decent beers available. Considering the immediate vicinity, that's a nice change!
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Re: King Taps - First Canadian Place

Postby El Pinguino » Thu Jul 06, 2017 4:54 pm

Their menu and taps list is upon their site now.
Overall a good tap list. Some reasonably priced beers, some over priced. Or go for a Grandmas Boy 2017 bottle for $44 if you want to go crazy.
$19.75 for nachos...is that a Toronto record? (before chicken or guac).

I can see it being successful there...1/2 price pizzas after 11...might need to visit late one night for that.
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Re: King Taps - First Canadian Place

Postby cratez » Mon Jul 10, 2017 10:04 am

El Pinguino wrote: Their menu and tap list (are) up on their site now. Overall a good tap list. Some reasonably priced beers, some overpriced...$19.75 for nachos...is that a Toronto record?

The tap list is indeed good. More than willing to eat my words on that. The food prices for most items would prevent me from eating there. That said, in light of the solid draft lineup and easy access via GO/streetcar, I'll probably give the place a shot. Still a bit put off by the Mascot-like branding/marketing, but here's to hoping it's a worthwhile spot.
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Re: King Taps - First Canadian Place

Postby CTBrewing » Mon Jul 10, 2017 10:51 pm

Tap List does look good but holy hell, the price point is ridiculous!....I mean 7.50 for a Coors light?

I haven't been home to Canada in 5 years, is that normal prices in bars now?
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Re: King Taps - First Canadian Place

Postby Quotashun » Tue Jul 11, 2017 10:33 am

I've been a couple times now (once on Saturday and again last night). Super young staff with little to no beer knowledge (they're at least friendly and the service is on point), solid tap list and pretty good food.

As a sports fan, I'm a bit of a sucker for places like this and The Craft Brasserie. They're pretty much the only places with solid, big tap lists in the city where you can also catch the game and get a decent bite of food (as far as I know).
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Re: King Taps - First Canadian Place

Postby El Pinguino » Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:27 pm

Quotashun wrote:I've been a couple times now (once on Saturday and again last night). Super young staff with little to no beer knowledge (they're at least friendly and the service is on point), solid tap list and pretty good food.

As a sports fan, I'm a bit of a sucker for places like this and The Craft Brasserie. They're pretty much the only places with solid, big tap lists in the city where you can also catch the game and get a decent bite of food (as far as I know).


I like Craft Brasserie and am going to check out King Taps today. You could add Loose Moose to your "sports bar with lots of craft beer" list.

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