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Posted February 4, 2013 by samuek in Food Joints

Loose Moose re-launches with largest draught beer selection in downtown Toronto

Loose Moose TorontoThe hunt for the perfect after-work watering hole is over with the re-opening of The Loose Moose in early February. With a renovated interior, brand new food and drink menus and a renewed focus on socializing, this is not The Moose of days past. A short walk from the Financial District at 146 Front St. W., The Loose Moose boasts a friendly, house party vibe seven days a week and is located above its sister bar, live music venue, The Antler Room.

Though ready for a party any night of the week, The Loose Moose is going big on Thursday evenings in February. As proclaimed in the playful marketing re-launch campaign, Thursdays at The Moose have been “making you useless on Fridays since 1989”. Their inaugural Thursday night jam kicks off on February 7.

Whether a craft beer lover or a fan of the old tried and true brews, The Loose Moose has a beer for everyone, with 54 varieties of draught beer, ranging from Coors Light and Alexander Keith’s IPA to Spearhead Moroccan Spiced Ale and Sawdust City Lone Pine IPA. The staff is well-versed in beer lore and are happy to answer questions or make recommendations. For those still on the fence, the 3 oz samplers (ranging from $1.11 to 1.33) are a great way to try something new and help make up one’s mind.

Don’t mistake The Loose Moose for a straight-up beer joint though; they have a variety of innovative cocktails on the menu, as well. Sure, a few cocktails may include beer, such as the Cloak & Dagger (Guinness with vanilla vodka, Kahlua and shot of espresso, $7.50), but there’s also the Sioux City Sue (Beefeater 24 gin, pink grapefruit, sugar and soda, $9) and Stormy Weather (Appleton rum, pineapple & orange juice, grenadine, sirop d’orgeat and bitters, $9). Caesar lovers will be happy to see three varieties on the menu ($7.50 each): The Caesar (Smirnoff vodka, Clamato juice, spices and celery garnish), The Armadillo Texas Grill® (Jose Cuervo tequila, Clamato juice, spices and banderita garnish) and The Snapper (Gordon’s gin, Clamato juice, spices and extreme bean garnish). Bonus! All Caesars are just $3 every Sunday.

Chef Matt Rosen (a.k.a. Chef Rosie) has created a menu that goes above and beyond typical bar food offerings. The Moose’s social attitude is reflected in a selection of shareable plates, such as Carney Dogs (jalapeno batter, spiced ketchup and mustard, $8.50) and Rosie’s Garlic Fries (fresh parsley, garlic, lemon and parmesan cheese, $7.50). For those with a heartier appetite, there’s the Bacon and Bison Meatloaf (with onion rings, tangy fruit chutney and blue cheese, $15.50) and the mammoth Fried Chicken “The Dirty Bird” (1/2 whole chicken served with seasoned fries and honey-lime drizzle, $14.50). Rounding out the menu are three tasty salads that could actually make some friends, particularly the Big Bitchin’ Greens (arugula, shredded vegetables, radish, ripe tomato, pea sprouts, roasted almonds, crispy taro and scallion vinaigrette, $9.50).

The requisite bar food items are there, but are elevated with Chef Rosie’s house made ingredients and innovative toppings. The Nachos feature house made tortilla chips and are available in pork, chicken or vegetarian ($12.50 to 13.50). There are five types of burgers on the menu, including inventive items like The Woody (BBQ brushed patty, American cheese, special sauce, caramelized onion and bacon foccacia, $11.95) and the must-try Big Ass Bacon Cheeseburger (10 oz patty, crispy fried cheese, bacon jam and horseradish mayo, $14.25).

The newly renovated space features a uniquely shaped bar featuring two peninsulas designed to optimize after-work and weekend socializing. While The Moose continues to be a great place to take in a game, the centrally-located TV screens have been replaced and reoriented, shifting the focus from dedicated game-watching to keeping an eye on the game while chatting with friends. The revised floor plan has seating which ranges from large communal tables with mismatched chairs to banquettes of vintage theatre seats. The character-rich interior was created by McMillan Design and features a variety of found objects, vintage signs and quirky reclaimed materials. Guests should come prepared to swing a few bats; periodically each evening, piñatas will descend from the ceiling accompanied by a Mexican-themed soundtrack. Shuffleboard is also available for those interested in some friendly competition.

The Loose Moose is open Monday to Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m., Thursday to Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Twitter: @LooseMooseTO
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About The Loose Moose:
For more than 20 years, The Loose Moose has been a downtown mainstay for sports fans and financiers alike. A revamped interior makes for a welcoming atmosphere ideal for laidback lunches and lively after-work drinks. Chef Matt Rosen’s inventive bar food creations and shareable plates reflect the sociability of the space, with an extensive 54 draught beer list and reimagined cocktail menu that ensures there is something for everyone. Located at 146 Front St. W., and above sister live music bar The Antler Room, The Loose Moose is a stone’s throw from the city’s Financial District and both of Toronto’s major concert and sports venues. With an impressive guest capacity, The Loose Moose can easily accommodate a wide variety of social and corporate events for as many as 800 guests.




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