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Round

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Posted by Martha Stortz / October 29, 2013

Round is a new space in Kensington Market that hosts a variety of events and themed nights and also operates as a restaurant during dinner hours. It takes over for the Augusta House at the lower end of Augusta Ave.

I visited Round on an electronic music night. The bar is up a flight of stairs that opens into a large space with a bar, a dance floor and a seating area (which is a little like the neighbouring Boat, at least in terms of the upstairs layout). The walls have minimalist paintings of houses with London street lamps lining the interior. The dance floor takes up half the venue with seats on one side against the windowed wall which overlooks Augusta, perfect for those of us who can't dance very long before taking a break to play Candy Crush.

There is a pool table on the other side of the dance floor, perfect for those of us who can't dance very long before getting that sweaty, dried saliva-mouthed look of a person who needs to constantly gamble to retain their self worth.

As it was electronic music night, Round had tons of lasers and a postmodern-esque video playing on the wall. Initially, I scoffed at the laser show ("um, I've been to a MuchMusic Video Dance Party. I know lasers") but was quickly blown away by the complexity and intensity of the show.

On a scale of laser eye surgery (only cool because it involves lasers and vision correction) to Laser Quest (very cool because it involves lasers and pretend combat), this show was laser cats (even better than Laser Quest because it is lasers, nature's sassiest animals and also I am a pacifist).

Round has two beers on tap (currently Augusta Ale and Flying Monkey) that change every so often. They also offer around ten beers in cans and bottles, including some specials. I had a tallboy of PBR, as it was on special ($5) and a chocolate mousse shot ($4), as I'm a naive child of the Sex and the City generation who believes that flavoured alcohol is the equivalent to being a fun-loving lady in a big city.

As the night went on, the venue began to fill up. Some people were dancing, but a lot of people were just sitting and chilling out. It was nice to go to a place that had such a relaxed atmosphere (possibly leftover vibes from the aromatherapy workshop earlier that week?).

The feel of Round is bound to change with every event, since each one is so different, but the decor, cool bartenders and relatively cheap beer make it a fun place to hang out. It's definitely a place I can see myself coming back to - with or without the lasers.

Additional Details

Beers on Tap:
Augusta Ale, Flying Monkey
Signature Drink:
Beer or shot specials depending on the night
Bar Snacks:
Full menu.
Patio:
No
Music/Genre:
Varies, themed nights.
Live Music:
Yes
Who Goes There:
People who love lasers, people who still classify themselves as a "Carrie" or, regrettably, a "Miranda"
Hours:
Thursday to Sunday, 9 pm to close.

Discussion

10 Comments

Cyril Sneer / October 29, 2013 at 11:09 AM
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Sounds interesting. Would be nice if you could elaborate on what music was being played!

surly / October 29, 2013 at 11:22 AM
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or the menu!

KCWilson / October 29, 2013 at 11:43 AM
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Check out their FB page for event listings, and inquire about the menu! Varied fare (as well as vegan options!!!) are available. Yum yummm!

KCWilson / October 29, 2013 at 11:44 AM
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Derp. Here's the link.

https://www.facebook.com/ROUNDvenue

CSP / October 29, 2013 at 1:59 PM
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Was it an electronic music night or a gay night? I see a drag queen, plaid and Yerxa.

Rebecca / October 29, 2013 at 10:48 PM
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Oh god, not Miranda.

A / October 30, 2013 at 1:25 AM
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What struck me as most remarkable about Round when I went was how incredibly comfortable it feels. The floor is super danceable, and the table area is extra chillable. An exciting new open concept space.

A / October 30, 2013 at 1:54 AM
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What struck me as remarkable about Round was how comfortable it feels. The floor is super danceable and the table space was extra chillable. What a cozy and fun new open concept addition to the neighbourhood!

jen / October 30, 2013 at 8:04 PM
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Enjoyed the article. Had me loling when you said laser surgery.

B / January 18, 2014 at 10:51 AM
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Glad to see they are changing the landscape of bars in Toronto by serving up quality beverages like PBR. I enjoyed seeing Tim Barry in Toronto this summer when he heckled the crowd for paying more than $2 for a can of PBR.

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