The Best Kingston Eats

The Best Kingston Eats

Sometimes living on campus can leave you feeling a bit trapped in your routine. You never get the chance to treat yourself to somewhere a little more ~bougie~. Out of this emerges Union Cocktails Kitchen and Bar, a new restaurant that somehow manages the art of dinner and brunch (separately, not together, this distinction is very important), and throws some cool cocktails into the mix as well.  

I think what I like most about Union is that it’s very unique within downtown Kingston. It is a place to hang out with friends and grab brunch and take advantage of their $4 mimosas (on Sunday’s), but you could also easily bring a date there or have a fun night out trying their fancy drinks. Some of the highlights include :

  • Strawberry Cobbler
  • Strawberries, Ketel One vodka, simple syrup, margarita mix 
  • Pink Hotel
  • Gummy bear infused Ketel One, peach schnapps, cranberry juice
  • Prims Mojito
  • Captain Morgan’s spiced rum, mint, strawberry rhubarb coulis, lime juice & soda

Frankly, I think we all need a little more novelty in our life once and awhile. Unlike ordering fancy drinks in a nightclub, the atmosphere of The Union allows for actual enjoyment and conversation. Plus, on Tuesdays they sell draft sleeves for $4, for when the Monday blues last a little longer than expected. Of course, the Union wouldn’t be able to distinguish itself as one of the finer things in Kingston on cocktails alone; their menu strikes a perfect balance between sophisticated and comfort food. If you’re looking for a proper, filling, high quality burger then you need to try The Contender. Or, if you’re feeling fancy then try the Steak, paired with caramelized onion and cheese mashed potatoes on a bed of asparagus in a red wine demi glace (it will leave you feeling as if heaven melted in your mouth). Of course there are also options for gluten free, vegetarian and vegan.

Essentially, what makes Union stand out in the competitive food market of downtown Kingston is that each dish is high quality, and you feel as if ordering a burger is somehow a sophisticated option. This is also the result of the atmosphere that Union has created for itself, and it is one of chic elegance; the iconic Kingston limestone is accented by grey tones and warm lighting. It is elegant and refined without being stuffy, or requiring a dress shirt (although I don’t think Queer Eye’s Tan France would object to this being the perfect opportunity to try a ‘French Tuck’). Union allows itself to be adaptable as an impressive place to take a date, or a fun place to escape with friends for a night out.  

Check it out, you won’t be sorry.

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Isobel Gibson is the First Year intern for MUSE

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