Trash Tiki founders open first bar

18th September, 2019 by Owen Bellwood

Bartenders Kelsey Ramage and Iain Griffiths, the duo behind travelling waste-reducing pop-up Trash Tiki, have opened their first permanent bar – Supernova Ballroom.

Kelsey Ramage and Iain Griffiths opened Supernova Ballroom in Toronto

Since 2016, Ramage and Griffiths have been travelling the world teaching bartenders to “make drinks like they give a damn”. The pair are now living in Toronto, where they have opened their first bar – Supernova Ballroom.

Opening in a 1920s-style building in downtown Toronto, Supernova Ballroom promises a “dazzling disco party” with a 1970s colour palette and artwork by Kisira Hill.

In an Instagram post, Ramage said: “Supernova Ballroom is officially open, and that feels so daunting and exciting.

“Thank you to everyone who has helped get to this point.”

Drinkers at Supernova Ballroom can enjoy the Great Day for Bay

The drinks offering at Supernova Ballroom will champion the duo’s conscious approach to cocktail making, with a focus on sparkling drinks.

Celebrating Ontario’s seasonal produce, the menu is divided into sections: Toppers, featuring light fizzy drinks; Wild Airs, which includes house-fermented cocktails; Seventy Fives, which comprises French 75 variations; and House Bubbles, offering tap house-carbonated drinks.

Ramage and Griffiths have partnered with Toronto juice shop Anti Vice to utilise its rinds and husks in drinks. Spirits available at Supernova Ballroom will include those from carbon-neutral distilleries, local producers and “those making steps for a better future”.

Drinks on the menu include Great Day for Bay, which is made with saskatoon berries and blueberry wine, Lillet and sparkling rose, and the Disco Socks, which combines Novo Fogo cachaça, Aperol, coconut whey, lime oleo and grapefruit soda.

Supernova Ballroom will be soft-trading this week.

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