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Hole in the Wall

Photo: Mauricio Calero

Posted by Stephen M. Baldwin / June 29, 2010

The Hole in the Wall is a watering hole with live music and standard drinks. Open seven days a week, it's one of the original spots in the Junction where you can have a late weekday drink.

The bar has been in business since the area first went wet (allowing liquor licensed establishments) about ten years ago. Early this year, though, it went through a major overhaul under new owner, and established Toronto bar buff Espyros Goulas. His first objective was to rid the bar of its rough and rowdy customers, and draw in a more progressive, vibrant crowd.

The bar's space is narrow (you'll probably miss it if you're driving by) but deep, and with great acoustics. "This place is all about the live music," says Goulas.

The first and last Wednesday of each month features Blues artists often accompanied by secondary acts that have included a sitar player and a punk rock band. On the first Thursday of each month, a 16-person Bluegrass band manages to squeeze in and play.

The last Thursday is Jazz night that has included such popular musicians as Bonnie Lester and Daniel Barnes. Tuesdays are hosted by a six-person rotation of Toronto comedians. Country music on Sundays, various live bands on Saturday nights and, finally, a karaoke night each Friday that can get pretty rowdy.

On nights without scheduled entertainment, the bar can be deserted, but could be a good spot to entertain a friend or watch an evening sports event on one of three big screen TVs. The drink selection includes Rickard's, Keith's and Creemore on tap, standard liquors and a small selection of wine. With his experience, Goulas can probably mix a mean cocktail (based on the copious amounts of clamato juice behind the bar, I recommend a Caesar).

Additional Details

Beers on Tap:
Rickards red/white, Keiths Red/white, Creemore
Signature Drink:
Caesars?
Bar Snacks:
None
Patio:
Yes
Music/Genre:
Blues, punk rock
Live Music:
Yes
Who Goes There:
30 something Junction locals
Hours:
4 pm to 2 am daily

Discussion

14 Comments

Simon / June 30, 2010 at 12:02 PM
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getting rid of the original "rough and rowdy" patrons sounds super progressive

Jeff / June 30, 2010 at 1:02 PM
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Just ask the Crowd at Duff's on Bloor

cultureshot In replying to a comment from Jeff / June 30, 2010 at 4:03 PM
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That crowd isn't going anywhere.

shortbutfeisty / June 30, 2010 at 9:20 PM
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I went to this bar last night with my husband on a whim, and loved it... except for the fact that I'm pretty sure they served a large group of waaaaay underage kids. We're talking, like, 16 years old here. I mean, I have no problem with underage drinking. But bars are for grown-ups. They totally ruined the vibe for everyone there. I think I'd rather have the "rough and rowdy" than the "young and mouthy." Maybe that's just me.

Michael / July 1, 2010 at 8:34 AM
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We were NOT rough and rowdy. We are an eclectic bunch of various backgrounds and professions. WE came together as a neighbour-hood. We liked one anothers company,and protected like family

Good luck to the new

Gary / November 23, 2010 at 1:49 PM
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The karaoke night sounds like fun,I've had regular jobs for 40 years but maybe it's time to hone my impression skills for singing and voices. I started when I was 4 because I could hear cartoon voices or sounds and mimick them,Show Biz is a lot like sports where it takes just one injury to wipe out your future and if you have no "Plan-B" to earn a income you can go down the toilet pretty fast. I'm a non-smoker and get migraines from them so I didn't see a future with tone-deaf drunks that also smoked and made me ill.
Tone-deaf drunks are fine because everything they hear sounds OK to them,but the burning eyes throat tickles from heavy smoking was not my calling in life. I also used the youtube and AGT videos to see some pretty bad Vegas tribute Acts that are all show to cover-up the poor impressions,I play instruments and read music to follow the beat and time intro's or endings and this is very important for when you get lost and must Ad-Lib in the gaps until you catch-up.
My Robert Goulet is better than Rich Little's version because I do the whole tune except I need lots of space,Perry Como,Willie Nelson,Dean Martin,Jim Reeves,Neil Young,Gordon Lightfoot,Berry&Robin Gibb,and others stay in check until I perfect them. I've met Rich Little and seen his shows in Hamilton,I haven't seen him play a musical instrument yet which means my Neil Diamond with a trombone and Hello Dolly with banjo a-la Louis Armstrong has a leg-up on him.
I'm about to redo Mack The Knife because the German version doesn't appear to have been translated properly since some english words don't exist in german and a generic term can cover several inferrences,plus a Opera singing coach in Toronto can help beef up my Placido Domingo and for some Show Tunes. There are lots of things I'm really bad at,I stopped doing them...but I've done impression for over 50 years but not for money of a living.
Time to slow down and get back on stage to get paid for something i did for free.

Megan / January 9, 2012 at 6:40 PM
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This bar has been closed since we moved to The Junction in November 2011... there's been a sign up that says it will reopen soon under new management, but I haven't seen any signs of life yet. Anyone know when it'll be up and running? This part of the city sure could use a few more bars!

T / January 18, 2012 at 10:19 PM
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Grand re-opening on Friday, Jan. 20 (apparently). Hopefully they'll be rid of the TVs. Takes away from people enjoying each other's company.

JayD / March 23, 2012 at 12:44 AM
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Amazing new place in the neighborhood. Good tunes and beers on tap. Super friendly owners....good vibe!

Jess / April 7, 2012 at 5:29 PM
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The Hole in the Wall has been revitalized and is great. Live music and lots of fun people. We have a great time every time we go. In fact, we're probably going tonight!! Is there a weekly events page anywhere for Hole in the Wall? I was just wondering who is playing tonight.

Jess / April 7, 2012 at 5:31 PM
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Found the page on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Hole-in-the-Wall-TO/297080207010287

fidd / November 10, 2012 at 6:21 PM
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The latest incarnation of this spot is worth a visit, even if you're not local. Excellent service, good atmosphere and lighting, good selection of drinks and beer on tap, limited but revolving menu of very decent food. Three minor quibbles - the prices have inched up, which is a mild shame since it became a regular spot for me. Cash only. And, while others may appreciate the live music that seems to be happening many nights, it can be a bit much for such a small space when you want to dine and talk.

Mark / June 2, 2013 at 1:06 PM
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Awesome place I found in the junction ! Cozy, small but unique space. Great beers on tap, and the food!!! Incredible menu for a local watering hole. Tasty and fresh! Been twice now, will be back lots!

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