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Posted by Eugen Sakhenko / June 19, 2009

Any bar that lets me have my say in music is okay in my books.

If you're a deejay in Toronto, you've seen my face before. Mine is the face that keeps popping up over your turntables to ask sweetly if you have such-and-such song. So when I walked into the Curzon on a quiet Tuesday evening and was asked by the bartender if there was anything in particular I wanted to hear - or if I wanted to play my own iPod - I was instantly sold. This might be the best bar in town, folks.

Formerly the dark and haunted-looking Queen Medical building, the Curzon's transformation of this forbidding Leslieville building into a hip, welcoming bar is like an analogy for the whole burgeoning neighbourhood.

The room is spacious and eclectically decorated with hanging chandeliers and auctioned-off estate furniture from Frontier Furniture. The medical building's old ceiling tiles are given new life on the walls and along the standing bar in the centre of the room. The atmosphere is comfortable; stylish but unaffected. In fact, the bar treads the line between lounge and pub so well that it's the perfect destination for nearly any occasion: a first date, a night with friends, rum and cokes in the afternoon - even bridal showers and private parties.

A short menu of tapas and snacks keeps drinkers fed, but isn't large enough to stop local restaurants like Leslie Jones and Gio Rana's from sending patrons over for a drink while they wait for a table.

I didn't have my iPod on me, but the friendly bartender was batting a hundred when I asked for something "sunny afternoon-ish" and he played some quiet jazz. It's not always quiet at the Curzon though. On Friday and Saturday nights they have a live DJ, Sunday is Karaoke night, Monday is Industry Night for service industry folks with a penchant for house music, and on Tuesdays, an early acoustic set is followed by big-name DJs trying something smaller after weekend appearances at places like CiRCA.

There's no patio, but space for one has already been designated along the side of building on Curzon St. Visit after work for a pint and a tasty snack in the $7 to $10 range, or later on to keep company with friendly crowds. The bar is open every night from 5pm and attracts Leslieville locals, music fans, and clubbers on their down time.

Writing by Jessica McGann

Additional Details

Beers on Tap:
Blanche de Chambly, Grolsch, Guinness, Okanagan Spring Pale Ale, Okanagan Springs 1516, Sapporo, Sleeman Cream Ale, Sleeman Honey Brown
Signature Drink:
A pint of beer
Bar Snacks:
Varies by night. Bring you iPod!
Live Music:
Who Goes There:
Leslieville locals
5pm - 2am daily



william / June 19, 2009 at 10:26 PM

interesting spot. been a couple of times now. i think their beer selection could be a bit better thought out. both times i went (back in the winter) the most interesting selection beyond the usual suspects was an underwhelming brew from BC. with the huge spectrum of ontario microbrews available, it was kind of frustrating to see the taps so limited.

still, a welcome addition. haven't been back since they started serving food.

m / June 20, 2009 at 12:43 AM

wow, fantastic photos!

Audrey / June 20, 2009 at 3:20 PM

I love this bar. The ownners are cool too

Audrey / June 20, 2009 at 3:20 PM

I love this bar. The owners are cool too

Joe / June 21, 2009 at 11:46 AM

Why did you remove my comment saying The Curzon was overpriced and overhyped? Not allowed dissenting viewpoints here?

pondet / September 25, 2009 at 1:22 PM

Jessica McGann is a whore love this place.

Sm / March 20, 2011 at 11:01 AM

The worst service ever. I felt completely unsafe and unfairly treated. The bartender refused to give me my card back, called me and my friends the 'c' word several times. He threw glass bottles at us. The bar was way over capacity, we have been there a few times and something shady always happens. The bartender was high on something. We will never go back.

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