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.
We are back with a line up of exceptional techno, experimental, and house. As always the sets are live and the cover is pay what you can.
Sergio SP: (Modern Math)- is the solo project of Calgary raised and Toronto based, producer, DJ, and visual artist, Sandro Petrillo. Known for his fresh take on floor-filling house and techno, blending classic and forward-thinking sounds.
Along with par...
PAUL DE JONG (https://pauldejong.bandcamp.com)
Cellist and collage pop musician Paul de Jong (of the Books) hits the road in support of his newest solo outing "You Fucken Sucker". Pushing further into the franticly rhythmic work he brought to The Books, his solo work dips more into the avant-garde. Collaged voices murmur under squeaking noise electronics & string swells. Balancing out causti...
Fresh off of a summer European tour, and the release of his brilliant new album “Okvir”, Handlebar is stoked to present underground pop auteur ENSH at the peak of his powers, on a lineup of innovative and eclectic pop practitioners. Early Sunday show! PWYC, suggested $8.
In order of appearance:
// House Sounds
A new project from n//k, known for their sparse, creepy yet wondrous, ambien...
Live Sets of Experimental Electronic Music and Visuals right at the heart of Kensington Market.
selections by Sakiko Nagai
Live Interactive Visuals by resident Almondmilq
Hosted by Anzola
10PM / 19+
No Cover / Donate What You Can
Spinning anything broadly defined as 'punk' all night, from Against Me! and Green Day, to Black Flag and Bikini Kill, to The Strokes and Blondie
10% of drink sales and all funds in the donation box goes directly to Stella's Place (https://stellasplace.ca/)
Silent Shout is thrilled to present the album release show for DISTANT DESIRES, the first full length album by one of Canada's best and brightest electronic pop artists, PLAZAS. Joining her is an incredible lineup of intrepid electronic navigators: Toronto megatalents New Chance and Isla Den.
“So close yet so far away, intangible like a dream, a parallel universe. That's how I f...
Racquel's music is dark, light and dreamy – meticulously crafted to make you feel all kinds of feelings. She's coming all the way from Orangeville, Ontario for this special event.
Laura went to school for music and now she's here to teach us about o...
Astral Projections is a monthly.. out-of-body experience, blending mind-expanding audio/visual delights from local electronic bands and DJs.
Born by Suzanne Bonifacio in 2011, SPACE CUBS became an active touring band with the addition of Shawn Lewis and Adam Pressley in 2017. The band's music commands through somber chord progressions, tectonic beats, sonorous voc...
Free movie! Let's get spooky!
The season of spirits is upon us, and your friends here at the Hollow Moon Movie Club are firm believers that Hallowe'en shouldn't just be relegated to the 31st, it should be celebrated everyday in October!
(Well, that and our time slot is the second Sunday of the month, so we are required to kick off a little earlier than most).
Our showing this month is ...