The Steady

The Steady

The Steady is open near Bloor and Dufferin, doing double duty as a weekend brunch spot and a dancehall and event hotspot by night. Taking over the space from Ethiopian restaurant Queen of Sheba, the eatery and bar plays host to dance parties, comedy events, book launches, live music, and more while the kitchen is helmed by co-owner Vanessa Robak, ex- Hogtown Vegan chef.

Co-owner and barkeep Keaton Taylor is disarmingly friendly. The space's decor takes cues from Taylor's South Beach roots featuring deco-inspired geometric colour blocks in sherbet hues and flamingo motifs. The front room is cozy, offering cafe seating opposite the bar while in the back there is a spacious dining room that's easily converted to a dance floor.

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For desserts and snacks the Steady focuses on donuts (3 for $6) made fresh in house daily, with exotic flavours that change weekly (follow them on Instagram for updates). At least one gluten free variety is baked each day. Flavours seldom repeat but have included hot buttered rum and absinthe candy apple. While they've become a brunch staple, donuts are also often available for munching at night.

The brunch menu also lists spins on comfort fare such as their Eggs Teddy ($14) with crab cakes, garlic-y spinach, and chipotle holendaise, Biscuits and Gravy ($13) (styled after Taylor's mother's own recipe), and the Southern Skillet ($13), an American style served-in-a-skillet hash fry up with roasted vegetables, shredded potatoes, cheese, and eggs. Robak dedicates equal attention to meat eaters and vegans alike and bills her offerings as casual, Miami-inspired dishes peppered with Cuban accents.

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The cocktail list is concise, billing just a select few signature drinks. Best sellers include their Old Fashioned Lovesong ($10), Lapsang Souchong black tea infused spiced whisky with cherry bitters, and the Unsteady ($7), a concoction of rye, grapefruit, tangerine, orange, and lemon juice.

Bar events are varied: you might see drag queens hosting karaoke one night, bring-your-own-record the next, then a full on sweaty dance party like Blood, Sweat & Queers or Essence Brown - the sizable back room and sound system makes for one of the handiest event spaces in the neighbourhood.

The Steady is open evenings Wednesday to Saturday (find full event listings on their website), with brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

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3 Upcoming Events
About the Event
  • January 19

    Bosh Flimshaw playing the best in old school hip hop, 90's fanfare, leftfield nostalgia bangers and everything in between.

    The event will be held at The Steady Cafe & Bar. An awesome bar with an awesome vibe and an awesome soundsystem handpicked precisely because of its awesomeness, conveniently located a short distance away from Dufferin station.

    Expect a meticulously crafted blend of everything from Rakim to REM on a proper soundsystem with a proper dancefloor.

    For your convenience, this event is FREE.

    Everything works out to this simple equation:

    Great music + Great Venue + Great sound + Great DJ + Great company + Cheap drinks + Free entry = AWESOME NIGHT

    A small taste of the type of thing you can expect to hear:

  • January 21

    Happy New Year, girl! What's that? Your resolution for 2017 is to spend more time dancing with queers to hip-hop and r&b by female artists? You better keep it this year, girl!

    DJ Orange Pekoe serving you flawless lady-jams on a silver platter. Beardoncé slaying the world with her always-unmissable 12:30 floorshow. Let's say "Bye, girl, bye!" to 2016 and "Hey, girl, hey!" to 2017!

    $5 cover / free before 11 / 19+

  • February 3

    Friday February 3rd, 2017

    Doors Open at 7:00PM

    Show Starts 7:45PM

    $5.00 At The Door (Price includes game cards, props and free popcorn)


    On February 3rd, Drunken Cinema would love to invite you to The Steady Cafe & Bar to partake in an interactive movie drinking game for VALENTINE (2001) -- one of the last original/standalone mainstream slasher movies in the past 16 years.

    There will be raffled prizes, gourmet popcorn, retro horror trailers and of course, a themed cocktail.

    It is recommended to come to the event in groups of at least 4 people to enjoy the drinking game!

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