kstar found a list on blogTo, then asked me if I was down for an adventure. i quickly said yes and the quest began as we checked off each bar listed here [blogTO], one by one/back to back creating memories at every single venue.
there was talks about visiting at least one bar per month but let me not bore you with the specifics. plus, not important at this point because as of last Friday we were done. finished the list and now it’s time to rate each one:
1. BAR RAVAL
likes: the gaudi-inspired woodwork
cons: didn’t like the crowd, drinks were expensive
moment: went with my work parents. the bouncer wouldn’t let K in because he claimed the place was full. we waited for a few people to leave and when we got in it wasn’t that full inside. the woodwork is definitely a must-see but that’s about it.
2. TRACK & FIELD
likes: music. they have games you can play physically. drinks reasonably priced
cons: filled with first year college/university kids. basement smell… bathroom is tiny and gross.
moment: no one likes this bar but i (non-secretly) do. i find it amusing to watch these first year students out and about in a “club” like scene. I would definitely come here again just to generation-watch (if it stays open long enough).
3. SHAMEFUL TIKI ROOM
likes: their cocktails are creative and of course polinesian inspired. their drinks contain at least 2+ oz of mixed alcolohol. flaming mai tai’s and decor (the subtle ones).
cons: they did this thunder/lightning/gong + a chant + plumes of smoke that hurts your eye (eventually) each time someone ordered a mystery bowl. not the typical bar-bar (can be a good thing)
moment: our server annoyed me by being slow af, then only giving me only 1 oz of orange juice and lime juice at a time upon order. hahahha and note to self only order drinks that you know (or K knows). at first i was going to give this place a 1 out of 5 stars because the service was shite*. one whole star for the drinks and one other star for the theme.
4. APT 200
likes: vibe+ambiance good, music was real good, seriously felt like someones loft.
cons: the bathroom experience was weird. there’s cover after a certain hour.
moment: the conversation was flowing here and i felt comfortable. i would go back here again before 9pm for the pool table and lay back, chillax with a good amount of people.
5. THE ADDISONS
likes: the games, the different room vibes. this is a club in someone’s house.
cons: hard to get drinks
moment: went here for an after work party (buzzed) and the music was consistently good and all we did was jump around and dance. It gets pretty packed, but if you’re lucky you can find a small spot by the arcade table games.
likes: crowd was good. live band. great drinks, friendly staff+owner. music was good enough.
cons: place is small (by the bar) and this spot is a bit out of the way
moment: caramel something old fashion. good vibes here.
7. THE WALTON
likes: the string lights at the back, very pretty
cons: didn’t like the crowd, the servers were the worst ever! snotty douches! there is a long list of drinks that they offer.
moment: headed here with the crew after the good vibes from the nightowl and the Walton was the total opposite. had one drink and bolted out of there. I was too tipsy to note the drink menu… and I fell on a pot hole.
8. BAR BEGONIA
likes: the venue, the staff, the food(ish).
cons: middle of nothingness. pricey
moment: this was our first official bar visited from the list (after the Addison). it was memorable.
moment: honestly, who closes at 1 am on a Friday night? This place of course. We may or may not visit this place but we are counting it as an experience regardless.
I wonder how this year’s best bar list looks so far. I already know there’s a bunch of new bars we need to check out.
Officially proven to be a great way to check out the city, a bit expensive but worth it if your main goal is to create good/bad moments somewhere new. All you have to do is pay attention.
[Rating: Any 🍺🍻🍷🍸🍹= a point out of 5 ⭐️]