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.
Its the last Frequencies of 2018, and we are celebrating with a dance party. Catch unheard tracks, project premieres, and one time only lives sets, from group producers set to have big years.
City Dance Corporation (Forth)
Forth co-founder Lukas Switlicki's new project mixes dance music cliches and improvised chaos. City Dance Corporation presents a vulnerable live set that fashions trans...
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 Alexisonfire and Blondie
10% of drink sales and all funds in the donation box goes directly to Red Door Family Shelter (https://www.reddoorshelter.ca/)
[$5 Door Cover]
Get warmed up this winter with the J-Fashion Winter Party: Sugar Spice and Everything Ice, brought to you by Toronto Harajuku Style!
Come hang out with local artists, watch and cheer for the performers and purchase a Christmas present from some of the vendors! Make the end of 2018 sweet, spicy, or laid back and chill. Maybe all of the above?
Live @ Handlebar, in scenic Kensington Market, four of the best punk bands Toronto has to offer! See them together for the first time! One night only! All of this can be yours for the low price of $5!
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$10 Advance / $15 at the door. Tickets available here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-80s-versus-th...