Voodoo Child - Espresso & Cocktail Bar

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Restaurant type

  • Cocktail Bar,
  • Espresso Bar,
  • Bourbon Bar,

Features

  • Bourbon Cocktail Bar,
  • Ontario Craft Beers,
  • Espresso Bar,
  • Sloane Tea,
  • De Mello Beans,
  • Wifi,
    • Cafe,
  • more...
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Atmosphere

  • Trendy,
  • Casual,
  • Intimate,
  • Romantic,
  • Hipster,

Brands Carried

  • Jim Beam Bourbons,
  • Detour Coffee Roasters,
  • Brickworks Cider,
  • Sazerac Distillery Bourbons,
  • Muskoka Mad Tom IPA,
  • Sloane Tea,
    • Cut Coffee,
    • Pilot Coffee Roasters,
    • De Mello Phaleta,
  • more...
  • less...

Specialties

  • High Quality Espresso Based Beverages,
  • Ontario Craft Beers,
  • Old Fashion,
  • Bourbon Cocktails,
  • Craft Cocktails,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
Location
388 College St, Toronto, ON M5T 1S7
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  • $11 To $25,

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Meet the owner

Voodoo Child is a relatively new destination for coffee connoisseurs on the College strip. Managed by barista Bruce Ly, the café is named for the classic Jimi Hendrix song, loved by all. The cozy interior features a minimalistic décor; customers will find simple black and white accents throughout the space, chalk art (done by one of the baristas), and rustic deer antlers hanging on the walls. The creative espresso bar is definitely bringing some style to the local coffee scene.

Bruce worked with the previous owners to design the boutique café, bringing with him years of experience in the food and drink industry and a fairly renowned talent for coffee art, which has become Voodoo Child’s claim to fame. In fact, Bruce competes on an international level and earned a second place prize in 2014 for his intricate designs. The talented espresso-slinger was also nominated for best barista in Toronto by NOW magazine; his plaque is now perched proudly on the counter.

Bruce says the number one priority for management has always been high quality coffee. “We wanted to be a purveyor of the third wave coffee movement,” he notes. In order to achieve this, they established a small team of great baristas and became a multi roaster café. This means the café rotates its coffee periodically to showcase different roasters from around Canada, and will soon expand across North America.

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The best cafés around the University of Toronto

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Don’t ask for a drip: espresso is the name of the game here, and it’s as serious as a heart attack. Offering micro-batch roasts from local TO bean burners, as well as some choice cuts from other caffeine-addled epicentres like Vancouver, Portland and beyond. Ask the barista about the daily brew’s tasting notes, and pair it with some of the baked goods on offer. Check out the namesake drink Voodoo Child, a machiatto made with crème instead of milk, giving it a sweet, sultry finish that’ll stay with you all day.

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Voodoo Child invokes its magic straight from the spirits: bourbons and bourbon-based cocktails that easily get the walls spinning. But truthfully, the magic at this College and Bathurst café has more to do with the care the baristas take in pulling your espresso right. Featuring over a dozen bourbons, cocktails such as the Wu Tang (Jim Beam, cynar, cassis, lemon, bitters, and ginger beer) and boozy coffees like the Kid Voodoo (Americano, bourbon, flamed orange, and bitters), Voodoo’s penchant for social and beverage alchemy is obvious in the modern-meet-bohemian space, with communal seating and a wraparound bar.

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Happening late night spots in Toronto for non-drinkers

Voodoo Child has become the “it” spot to meet after work or maybe even to meet someone new. This trendy cafe has cleverly made itself into a hotspot for morning and night. Voodoo’s team of coffee and culinary connoisseurs make this a reliable source for a late night pick-me-up espresso or a Sloane tea. If you’re looking for the energy of a bustling bar, but with alcohol-free options, Voodoo Child is a good bet. You may even get some award-winning latte art in your cup. They’re open until 11 pm weeknights and 2 am on weekends.

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