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Toronto's new tiki rock bar is cool, chill and cheap

Posted by Martha Stortz / December 19, 2014

bill hicks barThis new bar in Leslieville, formerly the home of Swirl Wine Bar, mashes up rock, tiki, and dive bar flavours, complete with $3 cans of PBR and '80s comedy and rock records plastering the walls and ceiling. Can this unique combination bar live up to its legendary comedian namesake?

Read my review of Bill Hicks Bar in the bars section.

New sports bar does Southern BBQ and killer nachos

Posted by Christina Cheung / December 19, 2014

the derby torontoWhether it's the NHL, NBA, NFL, MLB or EPL, this is the hip new spot to watch whichever three-letter acronym sporting event you may be into. With a good selection of beer, better-than-average pub food, DJ nights and pop-up Southern-style barbecue Sundays, there really isn't much more you could ask for from your local neighbourhood bar.

Read my profile of The Derby in the restaurants section.

Monarch Tavern shoots and misses with new BBQ joint

Posted by Jen Hunter / December 18, 2014

baju torontoZane Caplansky, owner of the eponymous College St. deli, has returned to the kitchen where he cut his teeth, the Monarch Tavern, to open up a brand-new barbecue spot. The menu focuses on tried-and-true classics like ribs, brisket and collard greens - but just as the Monarch below is still figuring out what it wants to be, it seems like the recipes still have a little growing to do.

Read my review of Baju at the Monarch Tavern in the restaurants section.

Toronto dive bar has live music and a touch of class

Posted by Staff / December 18, 2014

pennys barLocated at Bloor and Lansdowne, inside the former Cafe Vatan, this laid-back spot opened over the summer, and has already attracted a local following. Look for live music, a menu of Ontario craft brews on tap, and a snack menu that features sliders and samosas.

Read my review of Penny's in the bars section.

Inside the Toronto club that'll get you #RichGirlWasted

Posted by Martha Stortz / December 17, 2014

gilt nightclubIn the heart of the Entertainment District, this club opened over the summer - just in time to make the most of their split-level roof area, which they bill as "Toronto's hottest patio". As for the inside of the club: If you aim to be around the "beautiful people", get #RichGirlWasted and/or use the word "cute" a lot while taking selfies, this is your kind of spot.

Read my review of Gilt in the bars section.

New brunch spot serves up fat pancakes

Posted by Liora Ipsum / December 17, 2014

Scratch Kitchen TorontoOne of Toronto's newest brunch spots is serving up morning staples starting at $7 with boozy cocktails and $6 draught beers...on weekdays, no less. As the restaurant name suggests, the kitchen prides itself on making every delicious menu component in house, from fresh baked breads, cured meats, and fat pancakes.

Read my profile of Scratch Kitchen in the restaurants section.
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