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.
NOTA and kentron records presents...
$10 / NO ONE TURNED AWAY
*Handlebar has a safer spaces policy in effect
ANY HATE of ANY KIND will NOT BE TOLERATED
if there is a problem ...
join us for a night of beautiful experimental music and soundscapes, both in live performance and exploratory dj sets
KOREA TOWN ACID (live show)
autotectonic (live modular synthesizer show)
lav (dj set)
Sonja (dj set)
No cover! Come join VJ Mobotron for the ultimate retro video dance party! Are you an All Star or are you Never Going to Give It Up? Who was the greatest diva? Whitney or Mariah? The ageless question of which decade rules supreme the '80s or the '90s will be settled on the dance floor!
Come celebrate the release of the new Jackets album at Handlebar with your pals Jackets, The Marwills, Melissa Murphy, and Alex Mason!
$10 cover at the door, or bring a buddy and admit two for $15!
Doors at 9:00, bands at 9:30.
We are very thrilled to announce the release of our debut full length album, "Panacea" launching 22.03.19 via Victoria/Montreal based label, Lone Hand (lonehand.xyz).
Video for "Oasis" off of Panacea
For this show we will be putting out a limited edition double cassette. Which includes our new album + a copy of the EP, Flower Powe...
$10 at the door
Doors at 8:30pm
Show at 9pm
Bare Mans - Bare Mans playing bare jams
Dr Love and the Love Brigade - feel good fun and dancey
Soft Edit - Heartbreak and rock n roll
In celebration of our new release 'Leaving Hollowland,' we will be playing some music with some of our favourite music people at one of our favourite music places. Peep the deets...
Naomi Floods - Freak-folk looper
Beams - Psychedelic folk-rockers
Lava Lava - Art-rockers / jangle-pop...
Giant mutant rabbits attack people in this 1972 cautionary tale of "what if science, but too much??"
Night Of The Lepus stars Janet Leigh and DeForest Kelley, and is based on a novel from 1964... yes, multiple people committed to this idea on more than one occasion. Clearly realizing they had made a huge mistake, MGM tried to release this movie without letting on what the monsters were.