Opened in 1993, Jump was the original love child of Peter Oliver and Michael Bonacini that would later become part of a massively successful ‘Oliver & Bonacini’ (O&B) family of restaurants. And while celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, it’s quite clear that Jump isn’t showing signs of age, nor is it slowing down.
A staple of the Toronto Financial District restaurant scene, Jump has always attracted a devoted following of Bay St. bankers, consultants, and lawyers, who come in droves during the lunchtime hours. However, the rapid influx of people living within walking distance of the Financial Center over the past several years has somewhat rounded out the clientele. Jump’s décor is modern, upscale, and sleek – making it equally suitable an atmosphere for finalizing your company’s merger plans, as it is for taking your significant other out for an anniversary meal. In the warmer months, Jump has an ample outdoor patio space (pro tip: it fills up quickly, so aim to get there by 5PM on weeknights). The bar area lends itself well to a corporate setting, but is more subdued – so if you’re looking for a lively “Thirsty Thursday” location, this may not be the atmosphere for you. Jump also sees a large crowd on game nights for the Leafs and Raptors (pro tip: take advantage of the game night half-price bottle of red wine special). As is to be expected, the food at Jump is of high calibre and balances a selection of choice meat cuts with unique variations on classic Italian pasta dishes. Also of no surprise, the location, combined with the chic styling, dictate a costly price point to match.
While a great restaurant, it’s also important to note that Jump is furnished with one of the most beautifully well stocked bars of any restaurant in Toronto’s Financial District. Once seated at the wrap-around bar, one can’t help but gaze up and marvel at the lavishly-stocked bottle collection accented by tasteful backlighting. Jump’s bartenders are mixology professionals who take pride in expertly crafting seasonally-inspired collections of thoughtfully handcrafted cocktails. For example, summer months feature a cocktail menu complemented by crisp, fruity creations, while autumn brings about whisky-based cocktail variants with hints of maple syrup. A quick scroll through Jump’s Instagram account reveals visually stunning, thirst inspiring cocktail creations.
What we have really come to appreciate about Jump is their commitment to foster a mixology culture. Jump sets themselves apart from many other competing restobars by hosting special events and maintaining periodic tasting specials. In the past, Jump has been known to host events such as Blues Night (accompanied with bourbon tastings) and featured a week celebrating Negroni. At the moment, Jump has introduced their own barrel-aged Boulevardier (Jim Beam Devils Cut Bourbon, Campari, Sweet vermouth, Williams & Humbert Walnut Brown Sherry, and chocolate bitters, with an orange twist), which is prominently displayed in the center of the bar. Jump’s dedication to authenticity and variety makes it a quality place to drink, feast and entertain, but if you’re looking for somewhere a bit more lively, you may want to check out Jump’s (seasonal) patio, or another nearby venue all together.
- Drink specials at the bar Monday through Friday, 4pm-8pm;
- $5 bourbon shots (jim beam, jim beam apple)
- $6 bar rail
- $6.50 loft craft tall cans
- $7 select glasses of wine
- $8 select cocktails
- ½ off any bottle of red wine on Toronto Maple Leafs or Toronto Raptors game nights (with the purchase of minimum two entrees per table)