Hole in the Wall
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).