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.
PWYC show! We are proud to present Sages, Anna Modo, Cherry Blaster, and Wearenotwhoweare, some of Toronto’s most interesting live experimental electronic artists.
SAGES (Experimental Electronica / Noise Pop)
Orangeville-based songwriter, producer, singer, and performer, Sages has got “a remarkable ear for experimental pop com...
We're back from outer space and we just walked in to find you all here with that bicycle look upon your face!
Join us for a night of our very specific brand of "joke folk"; now with 40% more synth! We'll be playing some fresh new jams mixed in with such classics as "Linda" and "Paul Bunyan", for your enter-taint-ment.
PWYC or $5.
Our good friend Chelsea Reed will be kicking things off ...
PWYC show! Live Sets of Experimental Electronic Music and Visuals right in the heart of Kensington Market.
This Month with:
Shintaro Okada (dj set)
∆ N Z O L ∆ (live set)
Masayuki Tomita (live set)
Yuri Francisco (dj set)
Live Interactive Visuals by resident...
Handlebar is excited/ecstatic to present some of the city’s most fascinating and forward-thinking electronic pop artists all on one huge PWYC bill (suggested $8). Including:
Uptempo electronic pop weighed down by the world’s melancholy. Digits has opened for St. Vincent, Gary Numan, Lydia Ainsworth, and Blue Hawaii.
“Synth-pop to stand alongside t...
Shapes emerging from mists weaved with ethereal vocals and twisting psychedelic guitar. Drawing from a wide range of avant and experimental idioms using modal forms from ambient, raga, metal and folk music. The boundaries between all of these interwoven into a seamless whole.
SATURN CITY 9pm
Saturn City is the solo electronic project by M. Joak...
Myst milano. - myst milano. is a multi-disciplinary artist who came on the Toronto nightlife scene in 2016, providing dancefloors across the downtown core with fun, upbeat sets that always stay true to milano.’s punk roots. Becoming a fixture in Toronto’s queer nightlife, milano. is notorious for energetic live shows and big attitude that captivates audiences and leaves the room o...
A night of multicultural celebrations, grooves from around the globe in the vein of disco, funk, house and electronica!
This month chef Jonas Linturn will be cooking up some Ecuadorian cuisine. I invite you all to come down and get a free meal sponsored by 100KM Foods Inc.
Just a friendly heads up, there is only a limited amount of servings and it goes...
This month, we'd like to present to you The Rom Com That Time Forgot.... for a good reason. On The Line is maybe more cheesy than truly bad, but we think it's a cringey gem that deserves another look. It's an aggressively nostalgic good time that's perfect for when the real world is just to much to take.
On The Line stars future astronaut Lance Bass and Joey Fatone of NSYNC, and features Ric...
The 8th anniversary of the $5 rap show!! Lots of secret special guests to be revealed, and featuring:
More or Les
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 The Strokes and Blondie
10% of drink sales and all funds in the donation box goes directly to Horizons For Youth
The Kids of Generation Z are here to bring you some amazing music. come join us at the Handlebar for the awesome sounds of
Fourth Way -( St. Catherines Shoegaze Saiyans)
DRIVE-(Torono Dream pop Eternal Dragons)
Nigel Nigel -(Toronto Smooth rock Namekiens)
Tea Room- (Sauga Jangle pop majins)
WEI ZHONGLE (https://weizhongle.bandcamp.com/)
Chicago Freak pop band Wei Zhongle lands in Toronto in support of their new album "The Operators". Pulling elements from prog, jazz, modern composition & dropping it all into the blender.
Minimalist rhythms lead the way for trance induced electronic explorations. Electric clarinet squeals meander amongst vibrating bass lines. Groove born out ...
Come out for a night of live synthetic electronic sounds with:
Silent Shout is excited to be putting on our first show in a long time! PWYC (suggested $8) night at Handlebar with some of our very favourites, featuring:
The synth horticulturalist and electronic pop explorer returns to her dystopic astral synthpop persona, promising tomorrow’s bleak hits in the bleak present! Her legendary arboretum takeover last summer was chosen as one of N...
DIRT GREEN - EP release gig
Our father star
9PM / 19+