Founder Bar Open on Dundas West

Founder Bar Open Dundas West
Outside Founder Bar at 1282 Dundas West

Founder Bar logo Dundas West

Founder Bar is a new craft cocktail slash snack bar on Dundas West. Founder Bar opened this week, so we stopped in to try it out during Dundas West Fest last night.

About Founder Bar

Located at 1282 Dundas West, Founder Bar takes over after a long line of restaurants occupying the space on the north side of Dundas just west of Dovercourt. The last entry at 1282 was Saucy Pierogi, and before that Essen and Quinta.

The room looks great. It’s been updated and is clean and uncluttered with a long bar fully stocked with bottles of booze. Aside from the bar stools, which were all occupied, there is lots of comfortable seating in Founder Bar, including banquettes.

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Inside new Dundas West cocktail and snack bar Founder Bar

The menu begins with signature cocktails. Yes, we sampled a few! The drinks cover the gamut: light and citrusy to strong and hearty, with rum, tequila, gin, whisky and more on offer in Founder Bar’s drinks menu.

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Founder Bar’s Menu

Food is organized by small, medium and large plates. The owners of Founder Bar are very clear that it’s a cocktail/snack bar. They don’t call it a restaurant. This does not mean the food is an afterthought. We enjoyed the snacks we sampled. Do I need to say the food is meant for sharing or is that acknowledged as standard in the industry now? We tried the mixed skewers with delicious pork belly as the standout and an excellent beef crudo. There were lots of choices we would have been happy to try. Return visits are highly likely.

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Forgot to take food photos! Here’s the aftermath of our demolition of the skewer plate.

So next time you want to go out for cocktails and snacks, try Founder Bar. Founder Bar opens Tuesday through Saturday from 4PM.

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