This was one of the stops on my Leslisville BIA restaurant crawl.
The Ceili (pronounced Kay-lee) Cottage was the last stop on our guided tour of Leslieville. I’ve heard of this Irish bar before, many years ago actually, but never thought to pay them a visit. When we arrived and I saw the giant Mongolian Yurt in the front patio I was speechless. And then our guide told us we were actually going to get to go inside this curiosity, excitement struck me like a match. The entrance is rather small, so be prepared to duck. Inside the small space is dim, very warm and cozy – I had a “where have you been all my life?” feeling. After settling in we were treated to a short performance by a group of local folk singers, a platter of east coast oysters and cubed sticky pudding.
Not long after our tour disbanded my mother and I wanted to check out the rest of the space. I really expected more of a a bar type atmosphere inside the main room, but was pleasantly surprised to find families and children enjoying a weekend meal together. The room’s low ceiling gives it that cottagey feel. A path leads us to a long narrow bar, which oddly enough has a very high ceiling and a multitude of Irish whiskeys.
What’s even odder is that I have an appetite again. More oysters for us, along with fresh bread, butter and salt on the side.