Every so often you pick out a favourite hangout. It takes a while to find a good one–one that you feel very comfortable at, one that provides an enjoyable atmosphere and last but not least, one that your friends agree is a great place to frequent. Though I’ve been there before, thanks to my University of Toronto colleagues, the Bedford Academy has become such a place. Strangely enough, it was its competition across the street, the Duke of York, that my friends and I spent more time at.
It’s the outdoor patio, which stretches from a few tables in front, down a narrow stretch to a widening (and remarkably large) back section that makes the experience worth it. Sure I assume there’s an inside too (ok, I’ve been to its washroom and maybe once for dinner), but the jovial and friendly atmosphere is sitting with a drink in the afternoon sun and evening twilight.
So next time you’re in the Yorkville/Annex neighbourhood, try it out. Also try out their grilled cheese sandwich. Yum!