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The Best New Bars in Toronto, 2010

Posted by Luke Champion / January 6, 2011

Best New Bars TorontoThe best new bars in Toronto in 2010 are as diverse as the people in Toronto in 2010 that need new bars to go to. Now, I've plugged that mouthful of information into some pretty complicated machinery - that's a lie - and discovered that is, in fact, not a coincidence.

This city has been cultivating a pretty diverse collection of drinkers over the years and whether you want to holler at the television during a sporting event, dance yourself into a sweaty stupor or have a quiet little drink with a pretty little lady/gentleman, there is a place for you - and a great one.

Bars are the places we go to unwind, meet people, celebrate and forget. They're our social glue, and probably one of the single greatest reasons to live in a big city. So here are the nine best bars Toronto thought up in 2010.

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The Best New Bars in Toronto 2009

Unlovable

Unlovable

Unlovable is cool, that’s just a fact. Not in the insecure kind of way that makes you embarrassed, but in a very real, confident way that unfortunately makes some people uncomfortable. So be warned if you’re not cool, you won’t like it here. If you ARE cool though, then consider this your invitation, because this subterranean spot might be the place to pull the party just a little further west. More »

Parts & Labour / The Shop

Parts & Labour / The Shop

Certainly one of the more talked about openings of the past year, Parts and Labour had a lot of hype to live up to when it opened its doors last year. The restaurant/bar/live venue seemed like it wanted to be everything to everyone, walking a wire between trendy dinner destination and dirty dive concert venue and shockingly, it did both. More »

The Piston

The Piston

Part of what makes any bar great is location and timing. The Piston couldn’t have gotten either any better. While the age of Bloorcourt as a destination is still in its infancy, the certain amount of draw it does have should probably be attributed to this place. With a surprisingly great kitchen, and an equally fine live room in the back, it’s poised to do even better in 2011. More »

Real Sports Bar

Real Sports Bar

Real Sports Bar is about as unique a bar experience as you can have in this city – or pretty much anywhere. Now, that’s far from a value judgment on the behemoth that ESPN calls “The Best Sports Bar in North America,” but if a billion TVs and ice cold Canadian is your thing, congratulations, you’ve found Mecca. More »

Wilson 96

Wilson 96

Wilson 96 is exactly the type of bar Little Italy was in desperate need of – a simple, pubby place to pop into for a drink without feeling the pretense to make it something more. It’s an elegant, little den with the occasional splash of live music to keep things interesting. More »

Pour Boy

Pour Boy

2010 might have seen the demise of the Green Room, but a few blocks west the same folks have opened Pour Boy – a place more akin to Nirvana than the legendary student haunt. It has all the pros of its green relative (cheap food and beer) without any of the cons (vermin, filthy couches, license suspensions). Did I mention it’s clean? More »

Camp 4

Camp 4

Named for a mountain hang out in Yosemite National Park, Camp 4 represents the creme of new bars in the Dundas and Ossington area. Unlike many first wave establishments in the neighbourhood, Camp 4 doesn’t need a gimmick – just a great selection of beers, decent spirits and a simple relaxed atmosphere. More »

Discussion

22 Comments

ralph tungsteen / January 6, 2011 at 10:44 am
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Shame on you BlogTO for promoting alcholic behaviour on your otherwise wholeseome website. I feel that by condoning the consumption of alcohol, you are telling people it is ok to give in to the devil inside this addiction.

Without this article, I am certain that at least one less person would not piss themselves and barf on Ossington or Dundas but you went ahead and did it.

Thanks a lot.
Matt / January 6, 2011 at 11:17 am
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WOOOO! Booze booze booze!

(Pisses self)
SS2424 replying to a comment from ralph tungsteen / January 6, 2011 at 11:22 am
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Really??? LOL
stan / January 6, 2011 at 11:22 am
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2Ralph: hey, what's wrong with that? Just don't drink. Or do you prefer BlogTo to promote 420? What about meat? I feel ashamed when people are eating and promoting meat. But I simply don't bother reading OR commenting those articles.
One more thing - where should I take my guests and business partners if not to a nice bar? To McDonalds?
James @ www.seentvcanada.com / January 6, 2011 at 11:28 am
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I go to Wilson 96 all the time. Great place to chill.. i'm usually there on friday nights with the boys.
ko / January 6, 2011 at 11:44 am
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I think Ralph's kidding, guys... or at least I hope.
Adgirl replying to a comment from ralph tungsteen / January 6, 2011 at 11:50 am
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Was that suppose to be sarcasm? Or are you serious?

If you are serious ... well you are free to have your opinions about alcohol consumption & can live your life how you want. I am not here to get into an argument with you on this issue, but your judgmental attitude irks me.

BlogTO is doing a service to it's audience by providing such articles and I for one LOVE these reviews.

Keep em coming BlogTO!

lol replying to a comment from ralph tungsteen / January 6, 2011 at 12:13 pm
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its a testament to how slow some of blogto's readers are that anyone would take 'ralph' seriously
LOL2 replying to a comment from lol / January 6, 2011 at 01:01 pm
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Exactly.
gr1 / January 6, 2011 at 01:04 pm
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MORATORIUM ON ALL BARS. I HATE LOUD NOISES AND LUSHES. THIS BLOG POST IS AN AFFRONT TO ALL THINGS TORONTO STANDS FOR.
Eric26 replying to a comment from ralph tungsteen / January 6, 2011 at 01:05 pm
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I think that if you're going to be sarcastic you should at least attempt to be funny, entertaining or intelligent, but whatever.
erika / January 6, 2011 at 04:17 pm
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Good list, but you are missing Drift - really missing that one!
Max / January 6, 2011 at 07:01 pm
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AVRO! I'll take seven!
Pilot / January 6, 2011 at 11:17 pm
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Gear down, on the glide path, landing at the AVRO whenever I can.
Mr X / January 7, 2011 at 01:34 am
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does Unlovable make crantini's. i fucking LOVE a good crantini
Darryl replying to a comment from ralph tungsteen / January 18, 2011 at 12:31 pm
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Are you for real? :)
frinklabs / January 26, 2011 at 04:15 pm
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Alcohol is the most dangerous drug there ever was, if you go by body count.
dvc / March 1, 2011 at 12:59 pm
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Amazing how all the best bars are on the westside. Oh, sorry, except for one.
snow plowing / July 10, 2011 at 11:20 pm
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does this only take into consideration downtown toronto or are there just no good bars in north toronto?
Cosplay / September 26, 2012 at 10:11 am
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its a testament to how slow some of blogto's readers are that anyone would take 'ralph' seriously
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