Opened in 2017 at First Canadian Place, King Taps quickly became the Toronto Financial District’s clubhouse. The space long ago belonged to Vertical Restaurant but underwent a year-long transformation by the same West Coast team behind the nearby Cactus Club.
Really tasty bar bites provide quick snacks and smart cocktails for pre-gaming or business lunching. We take a look at one of Toronto’s best casual, kinda cool, but didn’t try too hard King West restaurant.
King Taps Holds the Crown on King Street
Two patios, some covered while others sit under misting umbrellas in the summer months grace the sprawling space. Inside, walnut wood walls and ceiling exude a West Coast vibe, with hand-carved walnut beer taps. A massive bar greets the main floor, with another bar and dining area on the second floor. Art by Daniel Mazzone, William Sweetlove, and Toronto graffiti artist Anser adorns the space. Bay Street ballers linger longer past the happy hour here. Did we mention that Drake’s Maybach has been spotted here more than once? In fact, maybe even a few Maple Leafs have been known to drop by…
The food is easy and approachable. Aiming to blend a vast beer selection with a modern artful design, King Taps, designed by Cactus Club’s team, offers a menu beyond bar basics. From bar snacks to seafood, the menu is ambitious yet approachable, avoiding pretentiousness.
Let’s discuss the beer—feature craft brews from Canada as well as well-vetted options from abroad bring yes sure hold on a second interest and intrigue in each pint. The variety is extensive: lagers, pilsners, saisons, sours, stouts, IPAs, including options like Flying Monkey’s Juicy Ass ($8.75). Flights, on the other hand, provide a less intimidating way to explore the abundant options. Cocktails and wines are also extensive, as are a few spirit-free drinks.
The Royal Treatment on Full Display at King Taps
Pizzas steal the show. The Stinging Bee ($24), a meaty and sweet pie, boasts Soppressata Salami, Kalamata Olives, and Calabrian honey. The bubbly, crispy dough, tested rigorously, earned praise. The Wild Thing ($24), with kale, mushrooms, and Grana Padano shavings, is equally marvellous.
Steaks, salads, Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich ($22.75) (lead photo) in addition to Ocean Wise salmon round out the menu. It’s not an overwhelming (or underwhelming) value of options, it’s a little something for everyone without pandering to trends or fad diets. Plus, they put in a lot of effort with the food- it’s not just bar bites.
With only one other location in Canada, we hope to see the King rise again in our neighbourhood. Easy and approachable will long reign supreme.
All images by Libby Roach.
King Taps is located at 100 King Street West.