Bar Poet has Guests dine on pizzas & sliders below twinkle light-adorned trees at this outpost with wine on tap. Step inside this dimly lit West Queen West haunt, and you’ll feel immediately transported to the patio of one of Italy’s cobblestone alleyway restaurants. String lights twinkle above the restaurant, suspended from faux trees that run the length of the space. They have several local beers on tap (including their lager and IPA) as well as red and white wine. More is also available by the glass or bottle. Cocktails range from classics to house creations such as the Candy Necklace, which features rhubarb and ginger gin, blueberry and cranberry syrup, and a rhubarb and ginger syrup. The pizzas are equally inventive, with our favorite being the Microdose with garlic cream sauce, mushrooms, and caramelized onions.
Bar Poet has a menu of $10 pizzas accompanied by wine on tap and cocktails priced similarly. Formerly Church Aperitivo Bar, the space with a capacity of about 100 people has been completely transformed into an indoor patio escape. A large striped awning looms over the entire bar, and fireproofed real trees sprout fake leaves intertwined with twinkly lights that mimic stars. Begin a meal or snack with a Li’l Banger ($4.50), a crushable slider with a beef patty, shredded lettuce, secret sauce, American cheese, and juicy roasted cherry tomatoes elevate the dish. A shareable family-size Peaches & Cream salad costs $18 and features a base of creamy, salty stracciatella topped with caramelized roasted peaches, a mountain of fresh arugula, a chardonnay dressing, almonds, black pepper, and parm.
The pizza here is slightly crisper than Neapolitan, stretchy with a subtle sourdough tang, and made with stone-ground 00 flour that has been fermented for three days. The Hot Rod ($9) is a basic pepperoni pizza topped with traditional red sauce made from a blend of California and San Marzano tomatoes, mozzarella, and perfectly curled little cups of pepperoni. Hot honey to finish adds a little sweetness, spiciness, and flair to this staple. They have a white pizza topped with sweetly caramelized mortadella, crunchy pistachios, taleggio, ricotta, hot honey, and chives ($9.95). Wines range in price from $9 for a chilled white and red on tap to $97 for a pet-nat Groszer Wien. What makes this place poetic isn’t so much a strict literary theme as it is a whimsical philosophy of providing “something for everyone,” whether it’s high-end champagne or a game of Skee-Ball.