Dark Horse Espresso Bar-Queen Street West

by Amanda Cosco on January 4, 2011

The New Kid on the Block: Dark Horse Espresso Bar Opens Third Location on Queen Street West

Nested between Bathurst and Ossington Streets on Queen Street, Dark Horse Espresso Bar opens the doors of its third location at Euclid Avenue and Queen Street West. If you’re a loyal dark horse fan like me, you’ll notice some familiar faces behind the counter, and some Dark Horse trademarks in the decor: large glass windows front the store, exposed brick protrudes from freshly painted white walls, and a substantial wooden table offers most of the seating at the front of the cafe, although single-seating bar spots are available, as well as cozy round tables at the back of the cafe.

My favorite feature: the thirty-foot bronzed tin celling installation, which is reminiscent of the counter decor at the Spadina location.

Dark Horse at Euclid offers the same artesian treats and beverages as its other two locations, and prices are the same. A French Press of coffee costs $3.50, while a speciality latte can range from $4-$6 depending on the type of milk used and the intricacy of the drink (Soy and Lactose-free options available).

Baristas at the new location pull their espresso from a Mirage machine, one of the leading brand names in coffee culture (the original Dark Horse location on Queen Street East also uses a Mirage).

With its cabin-like interior and warm espresso-based drinks, the new Dark Horse is the perfect nesting place for winter, and a welcome addition to the trendy Queen West neighborhood.

Amanda Cosco, a.k.a. The Lady Medusa, is a freelance writer in the city of Toronto. To learn more about her, visit http://acosco400.wordpress.com, or follow her on Twitter at ladymspeaks.


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