This article was originally published in January 2019.
Canadians love Starbucks for a reason - the cafes are cozy, the service is efficient and the quality is consistently up to par. No matter which of their 1,500-plus locations that you find yourself in across Canada, you can always count on the same delicious cup of Starbucks coffee, just the way you like it. Clearly, Starbucks isn't letting Canada's love go unreciprocated. Retail Insider reveals that Starbucks plans to open even more Reserve Bar locations across Canada, serving up their "rarest, most extraordinary coffees" in a breathtaking, luxury setting.
Starbucks Reserve Bars offer a "multi-sensory coffee experience" by combining a unique design concept and exclusive food and drink items that Starbucks customers won't find anywhere else.
Reserve Bars already exist in cities like Shanghai, Seattle, Milan and New York. Their biggest one yet - a multi-level, 43,000 square-foot space - is set to open in Chicago this year. Starbucks describes the bars as an "expansive, stunningly designed space" that offers "coffee artistry", "innovative mixology", and gourmet fare. The Milan Reserve Bar even has a woodfire pizza oven.
According to Retail Insider, Canada is already home to three Reserve Bars, two of which are in Ontario. The latest was unveiled at the CF Shops at Don Mills in North York - it features a wraparound bar, warm walnut accents and state-of-the-art brewing devices. Vancouver's 4,000 square foot Reserve Bar boasts marble and quartz countertops and mid-century modern design.
The second Ontario Reserve Bar has been in Ottawa since 2016, the first one in all of Canada. A source tells Retail Insider that another massive location may be in the works in downtown Toronto. This one would reportedly be a multi-level destination similar to the Shangai and New York Reserve Bars.
They also report that many other Reserve Bars could be popping up across Canada in the coming years, which could be much larger and more luxurious than the existing ones all over the world.