Dance, dance baby!
The team behind Track & Field has done it again
552 College St. no phone bangarangbar.com
OWNERS: Nickie Minshall, Dustin Keating, Jesse Borg and Tasha Potter
SCENE: Foppish hipsters ready to P-A-R-T-Y with a side of game
SOUND: These poppy playlists are all about a pick-me-up
BAR SNACKS: They aren’t doing food — who are you kidding? But you can order in ’za (Maker Pizza and Brooklyn are staff faves)
DRINKS: Classics-with-a-twist on tap and local craft beers (so the team can hang out at the breweries on days off)
FUN FACT: Pearce submitted his application for the Top 30 Under 30 with a last-minute passport photo. It was splayed across a giant screen when he won.
OPEN: Daily 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
When Nickie Minshall and Dustin Keating opened Track & Field bar on College, they thought it would be a chill games bar. Instead, the kids flooded the bocce lanes with dance parties. Then, when the former Midtown space down the street opened up, the entrepreneurs had a think. “What if we opened another bar with similar things to do but actually went for that vibe instead of just happening upon it by accident?” says Minshall. “So we just went for it.”
THE NEW DANCE CAVE
Inside, Bangarang is a cavernous space with lots of greenery (real, actual plants!), a coupla cornhole lanes and plenty of room for the aforementioned dancing. It took the entrepreneurial team, which includes Jesse Borg and Tasha Potter, a casual three months to whip the space into shape from start to finish.
WHAT YOU KNOW
When it comes to drinks, the cocktail list steers clear of obscure ingredients. Those unfamiliar with Amontillado or Chamberyzette won’t scan the menu scratching their heads while doing a surreptitious Google search below the bar. No. Here it’s all about tipples that folks know and love.
“Since we’re going for this party vibe, we wanted to make people extremely comfortable,” says bar manager Alex Pearce, who was recently honored among the Ontario Hostelry Institute’s Top 30 Under 30. The Old Kanye is their most popular sipper to date. Poured from the tap, it spruces up the Jungle Bird, a classic drink matching rum with Campari and lime. Pearce, who uses seven-year-old Havana Club rum for his take, adds in apricot liqueur and house-made chai syrup for extra depth. “They’re super refreshing and easy to drink,” says Pearce.
Plus they’re great on the dance floor.
Just you try and make Alex Pearce mad
The Old Kanye