The Shore Leave can be found on a pretty barren strip (nightlife-wise, at least) of the East Danforth between Coxwell and Woodbine. Along with Shameful Tiki Room in Parkdale, it’s part of a revival of tiki bar culture in the city, making for a great option when you crave a tropical getaway but can’t actually get away.
Love this place, kinda trendy but great drinks, real cocktails, not just a shot of booze and mix. Great flavour combinations and garnishes that compliment. Great music and atmosphere. Easily a good date spot. Great for groups too. Try a punch bowl! (Serves 4-6)
The Shore Leave was opened last fall by two friends, Julian Altrows and Zach Littlejohn, who previously worked together at the east side’s beer mecca, the Only Cafe. That explains the drinks menu, which is as devoted to local craft beer and cider (dispensed from tiki totem–shaped taps carved by Altrows), as it is to umbrella-festooned daiquiris and oversized bowls of rum punch.
By the end of the year, you’ll have two more places to wear your coconut bra. At Danforth and Coxwell, Shore Leave is about to displace what was once the Lazy Hour Cafe (1775 Danforth). The spot is a joint effort by two former Only Cafe bartenders who plan to offer tropical cocktails, wine, beer and snacks in a Polynesian environment. Danforth East Online reports that the owners have already locked down their liquor license.