“It’s not exactly like a dive bar, but it's got that kind of dive bar aesthetic,” says Sean Young, one of the owners of the upcoming El Furniture Warehouse restaurant opening on July 1 in the Annex at Bloor and Bathurst. “It’s just a really fun environment, the music is great, all rock and punk and hip hop, and all the items on the menu are $4.95 — pastas, burgers, quesadillas, desserts, everything is $4.95.”
Figures bills itself as the city’s most imaginative upscale resto-lounge, where elegance meets revelry. Despite being located in swanky Yorkville, Figures is comic book– and superhero-themed. Where else can you dine on Baja fish tacos, burgers or black truffle gnocchi, while seated under Captain America’s shield, and then hit the dance floor after? Figures has
FOUNDER BAR has swiftly knit itself into the fabric of the Little Portugal bar scene. The bar team is comprised of some of Toronto’s biggest names, including co-owner Brad Gubbins, and Sandy De Almeida. A collaborative cocktail menu reaches far past the 100-libations mark, with the Flying Scotsman — a duo of scotches matched with pear
Function Bar is pretty much what your eight-year-old self hoped, wished and probably thought adult freedom would look and be like. This underground bar near the bustling Yonge and Eglinton intersection is decorated with posters of nostalgic iconography, and there is free play on a console, arcade and board games — beat the high score
Goldie is a beautiful bar space that serves up an eclectic menu of tapas until it becomes one of Toronto’s hottest nightclubs. Taking up residence in a distinguished looking townhouse, Goldie’s immaculate decor of wood panelling accented with colourful couches and lighting fixtures is certainly a nice place to eat. Chef William Serre serves up
Downtown Markham is getting pretty fishy with Good Catch Boil House. Toronto restaurateur Patrick McMurray is responsible for bringing one of the first raw seafood bars to the area in addition to the freshest daily seafood catches that are served. Good Catch Boil House is not serving up just your average seafood favourites, though its
Double, double toil and trouble, Grey Tiger cocktail bar is brewing up some wicked cocktails in its cauldron. This occult-themed cocktail bar wants you to come in and embrace your inner witch. The menu is presented like a book of spells, each one more dangerous than the next. The Tarot-esque designs illustrate the menu of
Calling all pinball wizards! And fans of the Who! Hi-Lo Bar is probably the place for you. Step inside and try not to stop in your tracks as you take in all the vintage posters on the wall and pinball machines along the perimeter. Whether you recognize the Frank Zappa poster or not, it doesn’t
The latest destination to hit the buzzy intersection of Gerrard and Jones in Toronto’s east end is Hotel Delilah — a tropical themed restaurant and future Airbnb inspired by the beaches of Costa Rica. The restaurant and hotel concept is designed to conjure feelings of the tropics, with curved wood-panelled walls, tiled floors, and snake
From the Landing Group who brought us Williams and Kellys Landing, Hunters Landing is the best patio to grab a beer and a snack amongst the towering buildings of Concord CityPlace. Hunters offers a diverse menu that includes pizza, pasta, burgers, mussels and more, along with a huge drink menu that includes the Landing Cure,
This Junction spot is a “secret” bar “hidden” behind a convenience store that pays tribute to the Junction’s prohibition past. It may not look like much from the front, but “hidden” in the back, behind a freezer door, is a neon-lit cocktail bar. Located at the former Shamone space, Hush Hush’s drink menu features a
Toronto’s latest microbrewery is officially launching its first beer this Friday. Kensington Brewing Company (KBCo), the first microbrewery to hit downtown’s historic open-air market, will start by selling its flagship brew, Augusta Ale, at Burger Bar. Brock Shepherd, who heads up both the brewing company and Burger Bar, plans to spread KBCo’s beer to local watering holes, and if all goes well, to a much broader market.
Nestled in Kensington Market, KOI KOI SAKÉ BAR, from the folks behind the neighbouring Sukoshi Mart, boasts playful design touches like kabuki masks and lamps crafted from Japanese hanafuda cards. Sakes from all corners of Japan are on offer, with tasting notes listed beneath each pick. Newbies reach for the Dewazakura Oka Ginjo with a melon
Library Bar is the upscale casual high-tea spot and bar located right on the first floor of the iconic Royal York hotel. Since its opening 90 years ago, the Royal York has been serving afternoon high tea, and Library Bar has deliciously carried on this tradition with eats like a mini key lime tart, smoked
Bocce ball, beer and burgers, oh my! The East end just got a little more fun with Lob or Love of Bocce, an indoor bocce ball bar that is open all year round. With nine tracks that are completely wheelchair accessible, Lob wants to make sure a little spirited competition can be enjoyed by everyone.
It’s always on with some Dom Perignon! One level beneath Marbl lies Mademoiselle, a champagne lounge open Wednesday through Sunday nights. Bottle services are not limited to champagne, as Belvedere vodka joins the party on Wednesday and Saturday nights. This spot has been known to attract the hottest DJs and partiers from Toronto and beyond,
Enter an unassuming small pink bodega and pass the shelves of Cup Noodles and shrimp chips to find your way into Mahjong Bar. Through a plastic curtain, you’ll find an illuminated entranceway, where a glowing light will lead you into grandeur. Mahjong Bar in its pink glowing haze is seriously stylish and always happening. The
The Gladstone Hotel is the city’s premier hotel for artists and travelling virtuosos. Positioned in between the city’s most eclectic areas, Melody Bar, in the Gladstone, is the perfect place to spend the day watching the city’s creatives pass by you. In an old Victorian building, Melody Bar has been completely renovated to give off
Go back to the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s at Mom’s Basement. This Danforth bar pays homage to the basements of our youth with comfy couches, retro video games and walls of VHS tapes, great for those wanting to take another stab at beating Super Mario 3 or wanting to watch Predator for the 82nd time.
Amongst its illustrious neighbours, like La Palma, Queen Margherita and Jen Agg’s Cocktail Bar, Montauk still manages to stand out. The crafty cocktail menu is detailed every night by the resident bartenders. Each night someone comes in and shakes up the menu, adding their own flare to the already existing libations. If this isn’t a