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The 460

Photo: Jesse Milns

Posted by Caroline Leung / March 7, 2012

The 460 is not for the faint-hearted. Nestled between The Red Room and El Mocambo, it's a dive--a "real fucking dive", if the bearded madman in the spiked leather jacket having a smoke right outside is to be believed. The place used to be John's Restaurant (a space known for little else but its availability to the homeless) but for the past two years it's been revamped to a proper bar. Though appearing small, it is far from inconspicuous. The 460 on the door glows amongst the leather jackets like a beacon.

The interior recalls a basement party in high school. It's dark and slightly dingy, with mismatched decorations (a lone paper lantern hangs above the bar; a flat-screen in the other corner; on the opposite wall is a beautifully detailed mural). Beyond the entrance is a tiny space for the more mellow to just sit and drink. Further in, next to the bar and in front of the stage, is where the more raucous can get down. Despite the screeching guitars and all-black attire, the vibe is lighthearted. Even those pushing one another around by the stage in an attempt to mosh are doing it rather gleefully.

Though the stage is at the very back, it is undoubtedly the centerpiece of the place. This is a venue for live music first and foremost. There are live bands every week, ranging from rock and roll cover bands to hardcore punks. The place is tiny, though appropriately so. It's a good place for local bands to start off, as it's way too small to accommodate bigger acts, and your audience is guaranteed to be honest. There's little 460 cares about outside of having a grand old time--comfort, style, even toilet paper be damned. I'd drink to that.

Additional Details

Beers on Tap:
PBR, Amsterdam Blonde
Signature Drink:
Bottled beer
Bar Snacks:
None
Patio:
No
Music/Genre:
Varies from night to night, but often live, loud and sweat-inducing
Live Music:
Yes
Who Goes There:
People your mother warned you about when you moved to the big bad city
Hours:
4:30pm - 2:30am

Discussion

20 Comments

mayor dodge / March 7, 2012 at 9:10 AM
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Nice birds.

Donny / March 7, 2012 at 9:59 AM
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So is this place a trendy/hip place that's trying to be 'edgy' by masquerading as a Dive Bar?
Or is is just a sh*tty, dingy, actual Dive Bar?

Elle Em / March 7, 2012 at 10:21 AM
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It's an actual sh*thole Dive Bar, home to a lot of great local punk and cheap beer.

big lebowski In replying to a comment from Donny / March 7, 2012 at 10:52 AM
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Shut Up Donny

peter poutine / March 7, 2012 at 11:32 AM
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BlogTO: I know what you're doing with these double linked articles.

You want to artificially inflate your traffic #s, so you can get more money for your ads. Or, you want to look more popular than you really are.

Either way, you've been BUSTED!

Rob / March 7, 2012 at 11:47 AM
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Yes, I find the double linking thing quite annoying, but never thought of it as anything sinister.

Anyway, why no pictures of the interior? Y'all shoulda interviewed the bartender! LOL

pz In replying to a comment from big lebowski / March 7, 2012 at 1:05 PM
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well done, Dude.

Paul / March 7, 2012 at 2:01 PM
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Also affectionately known as the Notmocombo

Grand Pooba / March 7, 2012 at 2:28 PM
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Suburban punker chicks... so divey!

Tim In replying to a comment from Rob / March 7, 2012 at 5:22 PM
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There are photos of the interior. You just need to click on the arrows below the main photo.

Budster / March 7, 2012 at 9:34 PM
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I am an old school punk form the 80's and have basically given that lifestyle up. I went to see my nieces band Stinkbox play there in February. I actually loved the place. It was like a trip back in time for me. I thought the people there were great and they had snacks on the bar that night. Just nuts but it was something. Yeah it is small and quite dingy. I didn't trust the bathroom but I liked the place. I felt pretty comfortable there. Staff was pleasant and the doorman was actually kinda nice holding the door and saying hello with a smile, even a "have a good night." When I left.
I think it is a pretty cool place.

Bardipants In replying to a comment from Donny / March 8, 2012 at 12:48 PM
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Shut up Donny. Take your ironic hyper critical view of everything and shove it up your ass.

Mark Cunney / March 8, 2012 at 8:31 PM
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China town is gross! Stay away!!

Elyse Mayo / March 9, 2012 at 5:31 PM
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the bartenders are gorgeous ;)

Rick / April 10, 2012 at 8:21 AM
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Is there beer, stogie smokeing, and hawt bitches?

Rick / April 10, 2012 at 8:22 AM
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But is there beer, stogie smoking, and hawt bitches?

Rick / April 10, 2012 at 8:22 AM
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But is there good beer, stogie smoking, and hawt bitches?

Cesar / July 22, 2012 at 10:09 PM
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Well, yes and no. If a bartender reefsus to serve a pregnant woman, the woman can sue the bar for discrimination. Bars can refuse to serve people who are intoxicated, but by refusing to serve a woman who is pregnant, they can get into trouble. The bartender could be fired, and as mentioned, the bar could face legal action.The decision to drink during pregnancy lies solely with the mother. Some people think it's fine, others won't touch it.

helen / October 6, 2012 at 3:31 PM
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Shut up Donny

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