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.
Frequencies is back with a mix of techo, pop, and hip hop.
Edna King (Modern Math) - Uncanny robot-human vocals float above ambient synth textures, dissonant harmonies and filtered glitches punctuate rhythms driven into overdrive—yet for all its electronic dynamism, Edna King's music flows with a markedly human emotional undercurrent. (via Mutek)
No Cover / Donate What You Can
Drink specials and song requests all night
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 Nellie's Shelter
SUNDAY JULY 22nd
$5/PWYC COVER, 19+ EVENT
Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave, Toronto
Pretty 11:15PM - Psychedelic groove rock
The Second Wife 10:30PM - Folk inspired rock and roll
Basement City 9:45PM - Sultry rock and roll
Garbanzo 9:00PM - Gloomy alternative
Live experimental hip-hop and electronic music. PWYC.
Music selection and poster by CY.
Live Interactive Visuals by resident Kazuya Toi Whakairo Ito
Free! Come join VJ Mobotron and immerse yourself in the ultimate 80s video experience. Playing all of the Pop, New Wave, Hair Metal, Rap and R&B hits of the time. Mixing it up with classic 80s commercials. MJ shilling Pepsi with a young pre Fresh Prince Carlton? Yup! Whitney and Diet Coke? Yup! Devo and Honda Scooters? Yup! Cinderella and Chili Dogs? Yup!
Remote Control: a video celebration ...
Handlebar presents a lineup of explorers of pop music's outer rim planets, to destabilize Pedestrian Sunday. Asteroids of noise and pop collide with the supermassive synth belt, one-time-only cosmic event! Featuring:
// Poster Boy - aka p0st3rb0y
Brilliant, chaotic electronic noise-pop from a dark future. No stages, no pretensions, raw honesty and catharsis through synthesized squalls and...
A S T R A L P R O J E C T I O N S - VOL. X
A monthly out-of-body experience at Handlebar, blending mind-expanding audio/visual delights from local electronic bands and DJs.
The 10th edition of this monthly miasma of music and moving imagery!
BODY BUTTER (Cosmic Resonance): Lubricated synth pop throbbings from two of the world's hardest dance-makers: Burt Sugar and Mr Blis...
Handlebar is celebrating six wonderful years of amazing bands, brews, and partygoers (that's you!) And we've got a delicious, extra-special lineup of some of our favourites to celebrate. Some must remain secret for now, but we can't wait to announce their exciting presences. We can tell you about:
“Lush warmth and relentless poptimism….Gloria Estefanesque vocal work set to revamp...
Nite Comfort returns with a special cassette release show for Mikrosleep, featuring an AI he's built to interpret big data weather info. Spanish experimentalist Roberto Herruzo also joins us with his self-built bicycle harp, and lo-fi improviser Senior Beatbox rounds out the bill! So much going on here! This show WILL start on time!
Mikrosleep : Time Shadows...
Mil-Spec “CHANGES” Record Release Show + After Party
(Lockin' Out Records // Toronto)
(BBB Records // Niagara Falls)
(React! Records // Baltimore, MD)
(Advanced Perspective // Chicago, IL)...
The Hollow Moon Movie Club presents another unclassic: Cool as Ice. Free movie!
You wacky kids voted, and now for our first ever People's Choice screening we'll be watching the 1991 "romantic" "musical" "comedy" starring "Vanilla Ice Goes Amish" star Vanilla Ice.
He stars as Johnny, a nomadic rapper who falls in love with a straitlaced good girl with a mysterious secret. There's a lot of ...
"Vanilla Ice Goes Amish" star Vanilla Ice plays Johnny, a nomadic rapper who falls in love with a straitlaced good girl with a mysterious secret. There's a lot of plot that happens and a lot of great dialogue and Vanilla Ice learns how to drive a horse.
Free! Doors at 7:30, movie starts at 8. Handlebar doesn't serve food, but outside food is welcome.