A new Night Market has hit the city, and Torontonicity was invited to opening night! The Bizarre Beach Club Night Market is located at 15 Saskatchewan Road on the CNE grounds just west of Dufferin Street and features 40,000 square feet of patio and pool fun! The market is open Saturdays this summer and features some local favourite flavours like Tom’s Dairy Freeze, Food Dudes and The Arepa Republic truck.
Patio season in Toronto is short though, and we’ve all been through that experience where you try to organize a patio night with a larger group, only to encounter very long waiting periods, or reservations for a limited number, which force you to move your gathering indoors. Not fun. The Grand Bizarre crew has eliminated the planning pain and opened a patio large enough to host your birthday, bachelor/bachelorette party, anniversary gathering or just a fun Saturday night out with your co-workers to celebrate that successful pitch!
There are also two wading-style pools for those hot nights (that we’re still hoping for) where you just can’t find the right outfit to stay cool and look amazing in. Forget fretting over the right chic-yet-airy ensemble and go for a bathing suit with an inflatable unicorn instead. I would recommend pairing that pool dip with their refreshing Mojito. The Mojito is on the sweeter side and doesn’t pack as much of a sour-citrus punch, so keep that in mind if you’re looking for stronger flavours in your cocktail.
Maybe you’re not feeling the cocktails, and just want a cold beer? Bizarre Beach Club Night Market features some interesting local beer choices not readily seen at other establishments in Toronto. We sampled the Killarney Cream Ale and the Haw Eaters Lager from the Manitoulin Brewing Company and enjoyed the easy drinking of both brews while sitting by the pool. Also, the colouring and design of the cans look great on a sunny evening, giving you the perfect instagrammable selfie.
A lot of drink options mentioned so far, but there are just as many food options here too! We grabbed the chicken and fish tacos from the Food Dudes, who never disappoint. The chicken taco had a great texture that came from the crispy tortilla chips sprinkled on top, and then a burst of heat from the jalapeno slices used as garnish. The fish taco was more vibrant in flavour, topped with fresh tomato, green onion and drizzled with their house-made hot sauce.
Remember to explore the patio, as it is quite large, because we almost missed a corner of food trucks that included The Arepa Republic! For the opening night, they were treating guests to mini shredded beef arepas flavoured with the traditional Venezuelan onion and tomato sauce, as well as their mini vegetarian black bean and shredded cheese arepa. For anyone considering an arepa, I would recommend La Sifrina (the snob) which comes with their chicken avocado mix, and shredded cheddar cheese. This is filling, so make sure to get just one and then see what other food options you have!
Opening night guests were also treated to some mushroom pizza! Bizarre Beach Club team members roamed the grounds, ensuring that everyone had a chance to grab a slice and stay well fed.
We couldn’t forget about our ending sweet treat, so we went for a Tom’s Dairy Freeze cone. We wanted classic vanilla, but their dips looked so fun that we requested something custom, but simple – vanilla cone dipped in blue raspberry with a sprinkle of colour. The first bite took us back to childhood memories of hanging out outside Tom’s in Etobicoke.
I have to say that getting to Bizarre Beach Club was a lot easier than I remembered. You can take a short walk from the Exhibition GO station, take the King streetcar straight across the downtown core, or take the Dufferin bus south right to the corner of Saskatchewan Road, which is just a few meters away from the main entrance. It was so easy, convenient and the perfect place to venture out into an amazing Toronto summer night!
The CNE grounds may not be at the top of your list for patio options during the summer months, I know, but believe me when I say that this 40,000 sq. ft. patio is going to allow you to relax and enjoy with whatever size group you’re partying. They have white cabana-style seating lining the perimeter, and the seating is large enough to sit 6-10 people in one booth comfortably – you could squeeze more in, but I like my elbowroom. The Bizarre Beach Club Night Market is open only Saturdays this summer, so don’t wait on this experience! Call up your friends and let them know that you’ve got next Saturday’s plans covered. Enjoy!
Looking for other restaurants in the area? Read my review of The Parlour on King Street West.