Handlebar has a motif that's obvious. In a city where the bi-wheeled are often maligned and fodder for near civil warfare, this Kensington Market bar is a haven.
There are bronzed bikes anchored on the wall, and for those who wear their cyclists' hearts on their sleeves, this place is almost cartoonishly perfect.
The space is long and narrow. In a room at the back, you'll find a stage that's small enough to be more appropriate for comedic stand-up than music. The seating area is split into small tables, and there's a roomy patio littered with season-appropriate poolside chairs.
Handlebar is not a space for those with fancy tastes. Beers ($6.25) and whiskies ($6.50 for a Maker's) are the focus here, which is not necessarily bad for the weary palate.
Their bar menu is similarly unpretentious, serving homey favourites such as spaghetti and meatballs or tacos. The dishes vary daily, but hover around $6.
There are places that go out of their way to push you out of your comfort zone, but that's not the case here. At Handlebar intimacy is not only possible, but seems to be encouraged.
Its Kensington location also proves to be an advantage; it not only works with all the other bars in the area, but answers to what they're missing.
Come join us for a night of synthy hooks and catchy tunes at Handlebar in Kensington!
Doors at 9, $10 cover. Set times TBA.
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Viva Non is an electronic synth punk/new wave project by James Hofer. Darkness meets light, melody meets dissonance. A narcissistic love song written for dance parties in dark hallways. The Negative Gain recording artist has recently released ‘Shaping Dust And Out Autonomy’ on September 7th, worldwide.
Cherry Blaster started as Iulia Ciobanu's solo electro...
ALQUINN is releasing his long awaited debut album and we are throwing him a party to celebrate. come cry, laugh, and sway to the magical sounds of
ALQUINN- (Sauga/Toronto troubadour extreme)
Juniper Alien-(Sauga dream rock angel)
KOZA-(Oakville experimental pop siren)
Rose Jones-(Singer/songwriter of the highest calibre)
Daniel Benjamin & Tender Buttons bring it all night
disco / house / dub / boogie / wave
on vinyl & CD
with a special live set by SLASH NEED (Alex Low + Maggie Smith + Dusty Le E)
flyer by Errhead
Silent Shout is unbelievably excited to host the first-ever Toronto show of Charlottetown, PEI electronic pop sensation Russell Louder! Fresh from signing to Lisbon Lux Records and performances at Pop Montreal and Sled Island, they’re at the beginnings of a brilliant career, come check them out! With newly returned hometown heroes of dream-pop Hush Pup!! (They just released one of the best reco...
Live Sets of Experimental Electronic Music and Visuals right at the heart of Kensington Market.
selections by Yuri Prcn
Live Interactive Visuals by resident Almondmilq
Hosted by ∆ N Z O L ∆
Poster by CY.
♀ WIMMIN ♀, a queer rock and roll dance party, rides again at Handlebar! With DJ "Lesbian Menace" Lana Leprich.
Expect tunes by bands like:
Patti Smith / X-Ray Spex / PJ Harvey / The Cliks / ESG / Hole / Against Me! / Janis Joplin / Betty Davis / G.L.O.S.S. / Slits / Bush Tetras / Thao / The Gossip / Sleater Kinney / Le Tigre / Stevie Nicks / Garbage / L7 / Kate Bush... and many many more...
PWYC show! December's episode is a special one, as we are ecstatic to host Northumbria as they celebrate the release of their new LP, Vinland! They are also joined by special guest Subterranea!
NORTHUMBRIA - 10pm
Formed in late 2011 from the ashes of Holoscene, Toronto/Northumberland based musicians Jim Field and Dorian Williamson came together to create Northumbria and in turn craft swee...
No Cover! Come post up and have some drinks at Handlebar post-work as a couple of post-DJ dudes (Chayne! & Daniel) pause-n-play our way through postmodern, post-irony, post-worthy and every kind of post we can come across. Feel free to post your requests.
You don't have to post cover but otherwise it's all post everything.
A S T R A L P R O J E C T I O N S - VOL. XIV
Astral Projections is a monthly.. out-of-body experience, blending mind-expanding audio/visual delights from local electronic bands and DJs.
This will be the last Astral Projections of 2018. However, the night may resurface again at a later date when the stars align. A huge thank you to everyone who's been involved with this monthly, it's been ...
The $5DRS has had an amazing year of shows featuring diverse styles and performances by rappers, DJs, producers and dancers from across Canada and the USA! You helped us make our 8th year our best yet – so let's close out 2018 with the crew and fam that made it all possible, including you and yours!
More Or Les, Swamp Thing & Wordburglar have all released monumental rap records this year so ...
Hervana's (mostly) Annual December Bash
In Utero 25th Anniversary Edition
Doors at 9pm
In Utero turned 25 (!!!) this year, so Hervana is playing our first show in a year and a half to celebrate it. Join us for a full album show (minus track 4 - we’re just going to get that out of the way now in case it’s a dealbreaker for you that it’ll be missing ...