1241 Bloor Street, Toronto, M6H 1N6
I’ve actually met people that refuse to travel west of Bloor and Ossington, especially as far as ‘Blansdowne,’ because they think it’s a dismal area with nothing to offer. This assumption is so far off base that it barely holds any shock value. Holy Oak Café may not be in the bustling Queen Street West area or in upscale Yorkville but it does hold a lot of character. During the day, this rustic café offers a quiet retreat while at night the atmosphere transforms into a candlelit bar – yes, it’s licensed – that features live music and other events. In addition to this, every first and second Wednesday of the month, Holy Oak Café hosts a board game night with the option of BYOG or playing one of their own. It’s the best of both worlds. Enjoy a quiet game during the day or stop by with a group of friends for a low-key night that’s accompanied with alcohol. But just be warned – liquor and Settlers of Catan do not mix well together.