What do you get when a former events planner and professional party thrower get together? A guaranteed good time. Pair that with a key location on lower Ossington, bathrooms lined with palm prints, and a fully loaded bar stocked with housemade sodas, and you’ve got Toronto’s hippest new hangout.
Housed in the former location of The Well, Oak Island is the brainchild of Jennifer Langen and Brett Watterton. The inspiration for the bar, Langen tells us, came after years of building beautiful events for a PR agency. Tired of working days and nights only to see her projects come to an end, she was ready to bring her creativity to a permanent home. Together, the duo opened up shop earlier this month, with Watterton, who’s also a party planner for Dudebox, slinging creative cocktails and craft brews behind the bar.
The space, like most spots on Ossington, is long and narrow. The front features tables of seating against a backdrop of live greenery. In the centre of the space, you’ll find the bar, inspired by mid-century pharmacies and soda fountains. Folllow the adjacent wall, lined with original photos by Canadian artist Justin Broadbent, to the back of the bar, and you’ll find a stage for DJs and live musicians, and a small area for impromptu dance parties, which Langen assures us are definitely to come.
Oak Island is located at 121 Ossington Ave. and is open Monday to Sunday, 7pm to late.
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