Hitch has taken over part of the space once occupied by restaurant Tomi-Kro. Owner Douglas Tiller is no stranger to Leslieville — he co-founded Mercury Espresso Bar, also on Queen East, back in 2006, and he also previously co-owned Morning Glory Cafe on King East.">

First Look: Hitch, Leslieville’s newest purveyor of beer, cocktails and tapas


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Situated next to The East Ender, Hitch has taken over part of the space once occupied by restaurant Tomi-Kro. Owner Douglas Tiller is no stranger to Leslieville — he co-founded Mercury Espresso Bar, also on Queen East, back in 2006, and he also previously co-owned Morning Glory Cafe on King East.

With the neighbourhood in mind, Tiller decided he wanted to open a bar that could be a “local,” focusing on classic cocktails, great microbrews, Spanish wines and a small but carefully selected bourbon list (the bar also offers coffee from one of the same roasters that Mercury uses). The cozy interior features Mason jar lights and a long, wooden communal table.

The drink selection includes a bourbon sour ($11.50), a dark and stormy ($11.50), an old fashioned ($11.50) and a Manhattan ($11.50), the latter of which can be had sweet, dry or perfect. On tap, there’s Mill Street Stock Ale, Beau’s Lug Tread and Duggan’s #9 IPA ($6.25 for 20 oz, $4.25 for 10 oz) as well as additional bottles and cans from Mill Street, Duggan’s, Beau’s, Steam Whistle, Wellington and Amsterdam.


A bourbon sour with Woodford Reserve, lemon, lime, bitters, egg white and cherries

The food menu keeps it simple with a limited selection of small snacks, not unlike a Spanish tapas bar. Items come from Hooked, as well as J.P. Challet’s Le Matin Bakery and Ici Bistro. Choices include marinated olives ($7), a rustic country pâté ($9), a smoked trout rillete ($10) or a plate of chorizo, manchego and bread ($10).

Hitch is currently in its soft-opening phase, but a grand opening is set for March 2.

Hitch, 1216 Queen St. E., 647-351-7781

UPDATE: March 11
A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Morning Glory Cafe had closed down. We regret the error.

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