This Williamsburg dive, from the owner of Great Lakes, Buttermilk and Boat, was conceived as a tribute to the Great White North. But the nominal “Canadian” touches—deer heads tacked to the walls, Canuck songsters on the juke—hardly set it apart. And while the drinks are cheap, the Canadian selections (beers like Molson, Labatt and Moosehead) are outshined by the Bluepoint, Brooklyn Lager and Sixpoint on tap. Why bother with the theme if it’s not going to up your game?
|Venue name:||Ontario Bar||Contact:|
559 Grand St
|Cross street:||between Lorimer and Union Sts|
|Opening hours:||Daily 5pm–4am|
|Transport:||Subway: L to Lorimer St, G to Metropolitan Ave|
|Price:||Average drink: $5. AmEx, Disc, MC, V|
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Average User Rating
2 / 5
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I stumbled into Ontario Bar with some friends last weekend and it was just the sort of bar we were looking for – a bit divey with a fun atmosphere. I really liked the vibe, which was upbeat without being too loud to hear each other talk. It’s also a nice cozy size so it feels full but not overcrowded. While my initial impression was very positive, it soon took a turn due to the service. The attitude of the staff was so negative and it really looked like they absolutely hated working there. My foreign friend was made fun of for not tipping enough, I was told to ‘open my eyes’ when looking for the bathroom and my boyfriend’s drink was picked up when still half full and then slammed back down in front of him when he asked to keep it. If it weren’t for the staff, I would have loved this bar, but I don’t think I’ll be going back.