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Dark Horse Espresso Bar on Spadina

At night, business people looking for a spot of tea after work and students looking for their midnight coffee fix share the large communal tables, their differences forgotten over a hot cup of Joe

By: Kevin

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Situated in the heart of Chinatown, Dark Horse Espresso Bar is a unique little haven for coffee lovers in the hustle and bustle of mid-town life. It’s large, open concept design ensures that it is naturally well lit during the day, as sunlight pours in through it’s large windows facing Spadina. At night, business people looking for a spot of tea after work and students looking for their midnight coffee fix share the large communal tables, their differences forgotten over a hot cup of Joe. For those looking for a bit more privacy to fully appreciate the atmosphere of Dark Horse, there are smaller tables in an appropriately dimmer second floor, to contrast the open, more public main floor.

Dark Horse’s sandwich and biscuit bar boasts a decent selection of cakes, cookies, tarts, and sandwiches, but of course the main draw is their unique selection of coffee and drinks. Their featured French Press was a pleasant brew that was well worth the four minute wait, time that is well spent taking in the aroma of the drink. On any Canadian winter day, this drink is highly recommended. If strong coffee is not your strong suite, there are drinks that don’t require a strong stomach, from the hot chocolate and apple cider for the sweet lovers out there, to chai latte and London fog for those who prefer tea to caffeine. At three dollars a drink, you’re going to want to check out this joint, for good eats, good company, and a good time.

Computer users looking to get online will be glad to know that there is WIFI service provided free of charge for patrons. Table space and outlet space can get crowded in this fairly popular espresso bar, but communal tables and a friendly crowd mean that people are able (and willing) to squeeze you in beside them. (Going in on a Thursday afternoon, it took a short wait to get a spot at a table, albeit without a power outlet.) The staff members there are very welcoming and patient with inquiries and beverage requests, even with a line-up of customers. For a place to study in a large group, or enjoy a cup of coffee with a friend, this is definitely a place to try out.

Dark Horse Espresso Bar Profile
215 Spadina Ave (Chinatown)
416.979.1200
Hours: Mon - Fri 7am - 7pm | Sat - Sun 8am - 7pm

HOW TO GET THERE
By car: Dark Horse is in the thick of Chinatown so look out for the green parking lots that are quite abundant in this area. It’s located just south of Sullivan Street.
By bus: Take the subway to Spadina station on the Bloor line. Take the streetcar from Spadina station, south on Spadina. There is a stop on Sullivan Street, and Dark Horse will be on your left.

SAMPLE MENU
French Press – $3.50, London Fog – $3.50, Espresso – $2.50

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Date published: 05-Mar-2011

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