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.
Baby Labour made a tape and a book. It will be publicly available for the first time at this particular show. I had the challenge of engineering and mixing the thing. We are very excited to share it with y'all. Blessings be upon you.
Luge is my favourite band in the land. I've gotten much more dumb over the past few years but Luge are sharp as tacks. I like to...
PWYC ($5-$7 suggested)
An evening of eclectic electronic and experimental music with:
Toronto composer / guitarist Jason Doell, and interdisciplinary artist & performer Xuan Ye team up to unveil some song based material that sees them dabble in the louder end of the sonic spectrum. Expect the dissonance & abstract beauty present in both of their com...
Buzz Records Presents: Saturday June 30th 2018at Handlebar
Hit Bargain (LA, Buzz Records)
Spice Lo (Oberlin via NC R&B + Hip Hop)
"Derek Mahone was born in Detroit and started making music at age 7. At 13, he survived a drive-by shooting, which resulted in the death of his closest friend. To avoid further altercations, he moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina to live with his brother. There he launched his music career as SpiceOnTheTrack, rapidly growin...
Mississauga's heartland punk heroes High Home are releasing their EP “Teenage Summer”, and Toronto garage punk stalwarts Found Objects are releasing their new 7 inch. Join us at Handlebar and rock out to the sounds of:
High Home (Sauga punk rock teenage dreams)
Found Objects (Toronto garage punks one scene)
Slowfish’s debut EP “Sour Days” will be hitting the interwaves this summer! The 4 song EP is a year in the making, and biologists describe it as heavy sludge pop, melodic synth rock with a little electro love bop.
Come party with us and our SPECIAL GUESTS
A stacked bill of meaningful electronic pop music.
Slip, Slop, Slap: Experiment! is a summer series happening the third Sunday of the month from April-August at Handlebar.
SSS invites local acts, established and emerging, to perform new material, experiment, and take bold steps with their repertoire.
Each show will be hosted by Kat Burns (KASHKA) and feature an experimental and engaging set from two additional acts. We hope to encourage a...