The Lab Toronto

The Lab

The Lab, also known as Labyrinth Lounge, has a reputation for their cheap drink specials under $5 every night of the week. This is the spot for rock-bottom prices, not artisanal bitters and steel straws.

Adjoining Future Bistro’s bar menu is also available here, meaning you won’t find any of the perogies or all-day breakfast here that the other spot is known for, but you can get fare like burgers and wings to go along with your $4 beer.

Labyrinth Lounge Toronto

Most of the interior that backs against Future’s dining room is dark and almost windowless, but cheered up by little twinkly lights and chandeliers, with a decent amount of seating for larger groups.

Labyrinth Lounge Toronto

This is made up for by a more open front section, though, where a large garage window opens to the streets, a retro tiled bar zig-zagging into the corner.

Labyrinth Lounge Toronto

Chicken wings are $14 a pound and come with a typical choice of BBQ, honey garlic, mild, medium, hot or suicide sauce, served with veggies and dip plus a side of fries or greens.

Labyrinth Lounge Toronto

Fries, onion rings or frings alone will run you $6 which seems a bit steep, though The Lab has to make its money somewhere and fries are always a balm for a beer-soaked stomach.

Labyrinth Lounge Toronto

A burger ($10) is honestly delightfully middle-of-the-road, and I’m loving the old school presentation of condiments on the top bun. Topped with classic fixin’s of lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle, it’s nothing above average, but why leave to eat when you could keep the cheap alcohol flowing?

Labyrinth Lounge Toronto

Nachos also seem pricey at $17 just topped with salsa, but it is quite the cheesy mountain of chips and they do remain crispy rather than getting too soggy immediately. Add chili or chicken for a $3 upcharge.

Labyrinth Lounge Toronto

Draft beer options ($6.50 for 20 ounces, $17 for a 60-ounce pitcher) are essentially the same as at Future, mostly Amsterdam beers like Boneshaker, Cruiser and 3 Speed, as well as PBR, Steamwhistle and Unibroue for good measure. Slightly craftier choices like Side Launch and Flying Monkeys can be found in cans for $7.

Labyrinth Lounge Toronto

Bar rail drinks are once again not stunners but they’re serviceable, reasonably priced standards, my Old Fashioned ($9) neon orange, a little sweet and garnished appropriately with an iconic orange twist and maraschino cherry.

Labyrinth Lounge Toronto

As for those specials, there’s usually some kind of $4 bar rail every night, $5 tall cans or $4 16-ounce draft beers most nights.

the lab torontoThe space used to be home to the bakery for Future, back when items sold there were baked at the shop.

Labyrinth Lounge Toronto

After that it became a metal bar called The Iliad for a while, finally turning into The Lab around 2000.

Labyrinth Lounge Toronto

Photos by

Jesse Milns


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