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.
Join Zoo Owl and friends for a ceremonial release of a new single to celebrate Earth. An anthem of optimism and hope, #KEYS2 holds the sole destroyer of everything accountable for their actions. The culprit stares back from our mirrored surface. The time for inaction has passed.
What comes next is up 2 u.
PWYC (suggested $8) for the following massive lineup:
C.R. Gillespie (Heretical Objects Cooperative/RR Gems) - Delving further into their non-verbal tendencies, C.R. Gillespie has crafted a new makeshift-ambient effort, "Séance Works".
Inspired by the actively mesmerizing synth-work of Suzanne Ciani, the spacious intimacy of Gigi Masin, and the valued stillness of Brian Eno, his environment-as-instrument ethos demonstrates a surre...
A night of grooves from around the globe in the vein of disco, funk, house and electronica. This month featuring guest DJ MARK PM, and as always hosted by Oreku. Come down and get a free meal prepared by chef Jonas Linturn, sponsored by 100KM Foods Inc.
CHANTECLAIR is a sound+video project created by Katie Kotler. Silent Shout voted her debut album, Dance Madness amongst its top 20 of 2013 with "I Know Synthsation" in the top 100 songs of the year. Inspired by musique concrete, Tangerine Dream and Ryuichi Sakamoto, Chanteclair has composed scores for fashion and film.
Chanteclair incorporates elements of disco, ...
PWYC! Handlebar presents a night of experimental hip-hop, sci-fi turntablism, and loop-based ambient explorations featuring master of the genre SlowPitchSound, on-fire electronic hip-hop artist Myst Milano, and ambient pop manipulator Charise Aragoza.
“A woozy, hallucinogenic broth of deconstructionist hip-hop oomph, ominous future-dub drones and disorienting down-tempo fra...
3 cool bands, one low price.
So Young -sad/funny pop-rock.
Claire Whitehead -she's been kicking around music in Toronto for awhile, this is her first show with an all new band!
Lavender Bruisers -weirdo, synth ballads.
Show at 10pm
Come celebrate the release of Secret Sign's first EP 'Fever Dance' at Handlebar, with special guests L CON, Twin Rains, and ARP 2600. Prepare to dance!
Saturday, March 17th
Music at 9pm
Secret Sign is a Toronto based electronic band producing sincere 80’s influenced pop, with a deep admiration for new wave, new ro...
Come join us at Handlebar in Toronto for a night of exciting electronic music to celebrate the release of The Databats' new record "of Water"!
There will be live audio/visual performances by:
The Databats [glitch/triphop]
SLUTMOTHER [experimental operatic goth]
Devecseri [instrumental elec...