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.
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 ...
BOO! Watch out, Sharon Needles. There's a spooky new edition of your fav local drag zine on the way. Feel Your Fantasy will be back just in time for Halloqueen 2018. POSI VIBEZ is pleased to present the Feel Your Fantasy Issue 3 launch party featuring drag performances by...
+ music by The FranDiscos
+ a screening of the DRAGULA seas...
Live Sets of Experimental Electronic Music and Visuals right at the heart of Kensington Market
Live sets by
present the release of his Martian Muzak EP
Tapes available for purchase!
and Selections by
Aaron Santos B2B Zenta Kimura
Poster by CY
Visuals by ...
Things about are to get spooky, come join us this month for Halloween! Costumes are encouraged!
10PM / 19+
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 Alexisonfire and Blondie
10% of drink sales and all funds in the donation box go...
Handlebar is cautiously excited about this showcase of possibly evil doppelgangers of pop icons past! What could go wrong? CARBON COPY is a celebration of the cover song in its purest, most costumed form, as bands assume the identities of their forebears and channel their unearthly energies. DJ Little Kicks playing all covers in between bands and after the show! Featuring:
Q: Are We Not DEVO...
Champion Ski/ Amateur/ New Sky/ Naomi Floods
@newskyband on IG.
Doors at 8 pm. Music at 8:30.
Pay What You Can ($8 suggested)
Bring a shovel, a thirst for blood and strong stomach because Hot Breath Karaoke is digging up all your favorite musical corpses for a night of blood curdling screams, unleashed demons, and Britney Spears.
It's the ONLY Halloween party more horrific than your OWN LIFE!
Bring a sick bag because you're gonna need it!
Astral Projections is a monthly.. out-of-body experience, blending mind-expanding audio/visual delights from local electronic bands and DJs.
SEA MOYA (GER)
Sea Moya is a Kraut Beat outfit from Germany. In 2018, they moved to Montreal and began touring Canada/US, which included: Canadian Music Week and SXSW. They are currently touring their debut full-length, 'Falmenta', due ...
Memphis-bred Hip-Hop artist Daz Rinko makes his Toronto debut at Handlebar along with Toronto singer Desiire and Memphis songstress She'Chinah. Memphis producer CMajor will be providing the sounds for the evening.
Daz will be performing cuts from his new project "Black Boy Joy 2: The Bigger Picture".
Tickets are $8 and can be purchased online at http://buytickets.at/dazrinko/203257 or at ...
This episode brings us two veterans of the electronic music scene in Canada, Carbolizer and Schema Factor, for an intimate encounter at Nite Comfort!
Carbolizer (10pm) is the outsider electronic music project of L. Adam Fox, who has been releasing music under various monikers over the past decade. Drawing on a pool of synths, samples, and electronic sources that lean towards the darker spect...
AMI DANG (https://www.amidang.com)
Baltimore based vocalist, electronic artist & sitar player Ami Dang takes classical indian music modes & melds them with dark avant pop electronics. Her voice infectious like a fog, drifts everywhere through her compositions. Electronic glitched beats & manipulated drones sweat out hints of avant garde noise textures, subdued as they dance with silky sitar ...
Join us for a night of rock, pop, and rock/pop music, including:
Balmy - ugly pretty pop rock
Bunny - hooky pop rock with synth
Carinae (Massachussetts) - psych rock with tasty harmonies
PAX - dreamy fun pop rock
A giant skull shaped asteroid is barely missing our planet on Nov 11, and what better way is there to celebrate/curse our continued survival than by watching one of the most iconic bad movies of all time?
It's got dancing! It's got thrusting! It's got the least sexy sex scene ever committed to film! Paul Verhoeven's 1995 masterpiece starring Elizabeth Berkley and Kyle MacLachlan was describe...
Hervana's (mostly) Annual December Bash
In Utero 25th Anniversary Edition
Doors at 9pm
In Utero turned 25 (!!!) this year, so Hervana is playing our first show in a year and a half to celebrate it. Join us for a full album show (minus track 4 - we’re just going to get that out of the way now in case it’s a dealbreaker for you that it’ll be missing ...