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 $6.
There are places that go out of their way to push you out of your comfort zone, but that's not the case here. At Handlebar intimacy is not only possible, but seems to be encouraged.
Its Kensington location also proves to be an advantage; it not only works with all the other bars in the area, but answers to what they're missing.
/Secret Sign/ - Dark wave synth pop
/Animatist/ - “Imagine getting punched in the face by a panther. Imagine both you and that panther are on acid. There you go, Animatist.” (TO) https://animatist.bandcamp.com/
/SAGES/ - Emo dream pop elf.
Doors at 9, 8$ or PWYC.
It's the Decades Dance Party ... the dance parties to end all dance parties! Here's how it works: every hour is a new decade of music from the 70s until today. Every hour is a new DJ. The top of every hour is a confetti-fuelled countdown into the next decade. It's kinda of like 5 new years' parties in one. Except it's not new years. And we're dancing for five hours long.
No cover. Music star...
That's right, The $5 Rap Show started bringing $5 Rap Shows to TO in 2010...and on Saturday May 25th 2019 we're celebrating 9 years of dope with live performances by some of Canada's greatest underground lyricists and beat-smashers!
FEATURING PERFORMANCES BY:
And your veteran hosts of 9 years
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Join us at Handlebar for the first Pedestrian Sunday of the year!! We're bringing in the spring vibes with Blue Cougars and ZA, let us take you to space!!Stay tuned and GET OUT HERE
Bingo Day: 9PM
Blue Cougars: 10PM
COME SEE US WE LOVE YOU
Bingo Day: https://bingoday.bandcamp.com/releases
Blue Cougars: https://bluecougars.bandcamp.com
-Crystal Light Collective-
Agencies is the electronic/ambient music project of Piero Frenguelli. Based in Toronto, Agencies makes music with synthesizers, drum machines, loops and field recordings. Initially performing and producing as F/Point and later Control, he independently released collections of work focused on techno, noise, and experimental sound design between 1998 and 2007. 2008 ...
People often ask us, "WHY???" I don't really have an answer to that question.
Anyways, Insane Clown Posse makes movies! Why? I don't know! Much like us, I suspect this is a thing they do because nobody has forcibly prevented them from doing so.
In this 2010 prequel to their OTHER movie Big Money Hustlas, Sheriff Sugar Wolf travels to the wild west town of Mudbug to confront villain Big Ba...
all hardware, all night. join us for an evening of ambient and upbeat electronic music.
3hands4milo (Biblioteka Records)
Thank you to Handlebar for once again...