42 Gladstone

24 08 2007

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42 Gladstone, Toronto. Hours: 3am-7am

42 is not a regular glamorous after-hours club… It’s more of a lounge/warehouse. The music is usually house, spun by local DJs, but occasionally bigger-name acts drop surprise sets after their legitimate gigs.

Located at 42 Gladstone Avenue just above West Queen West, west side of Gladstone, has no sign out front. Patrons will not see tell-tale security staff, excess furniture or no smoking signs. “You walk in and you see a bunch of people partying, It’s like, crazy loud house music. Everyone’s really having a good time. It’s not your average club, where people are standing around worrying about who’s looking at who. Everyone’s just sort of enjoying themselves.”

“If it wasn’t for this kind of place, I don’t think many people working in this business would have a social life…I know I wouldn’t,” – bartender Zane Aburaneh

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Drum Circle

21 08 2007

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We are drummers in Excile.

A weekly, open and welcoming freestyle, dance – poi – fun – drum circle in Toronto. Check the web site http://www.drummersinexile.com/ for location and rules of engagement. Gallery section also paints a pretty enlightening picture of the comings and goings at these events.





Bistro 422

21 08 2007

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422 College Street, Toronto Hours: 4pm-2am
http://www.torontoplus.ca/bars_restaurants/bistro_422/1032863

“The Bistro is an ideal bar for casual gatherings, especially for those low on cash. A narrow, small-sized basement bar with just enough tables and chairs lining the walls, Bistro 422 can be a little cramped in winter, but it’s worth it for the laid-back environment and inexpensive draft. Their notorious house draft is less than $10 per pitcher, so this is not the place for individuals looking for upscale beer. However, for those after a relaxed, no-frills bar with charmingly surly servers, an eclectic, fun clientele, and constant old school punk rock on the stereo, this is the place. Along with pitchers, Bistro 422 serves beer by the bottle and pint, and also offers a number of simple mixed drinks and various shots like “Slippery Nipples.”

CHEAP beer, JUGS of mixed drinks or margaritas for 10 bucks?! 1.75 shots? You cant go wrong! Bitchy bartender though and not to appealing to the eyes.





Victory Cafe

21 08 2007

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581 Markham Street, Toronto Hours: Mon-Fri 4pm-2am / Sat-Sun 10am-2am / Brunch Sat-Sun 10am-3pm
http://www.victorycafe.ca/“Specializing in burgers and fresh-cut fries the Victory Café offers 12 beers on tap. Take a seat on the patio for Celtic music Thursdays and live jazz Fridays. The Victory Cafe features Canadian flavors from the finest local microbreweries and a pub fare menu to compliment the selection. The café will also be serving cask conditioned ales.”

Cool server, who talks in a different accent every time you see him, and is the best chillout spot. Great vibe.





John’s Italian Caffe

20 08 2007

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27 Baldwin Street, Toronto Hours: 11am-11pm.wd/2am.we

http://johnsitaliancaffe.sites.toronto.com/

“Nestled away in the heart of the Baldwin Street Village, John’s Italian Caffe has been delighting its loyal customers since 1981. Featuring delicious home-cooked meals of designer pizza, delectable pasta and classic sandwiches, as well as a host of Italian wines and specialty coffees, the restaurant offers a cozy and comfortable ambience and a bustling summer patio.”

Best meal EVER – Goat Cheese and sundried tomato bruschetta/Pesto, mozzarella, red peppers, ricotta, black olives pizza/Homemade Tiramisu/Pinot Grigio





Cameron House

20 08 2007

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kittens2color.jpgkittens2color.jpg 408 Queen Street, Toronto (just past Spadina) Hours: 3pm-3am
http://www.thecameron.com/

“One of the last great bastions of Queen Street West, you won’t walk past this eye-opener. Giant ants crawl over the psychedelic mural exterior and an open air photo gallery lines the Cameron Ave. side of the building. Walk inside and you’re in a grand room of lofty ceilings where artists, writers, musos and a younger generation of hipsters sit hunched over whiskey, wine and beer. Acid jazz and house play in the front room; live experimental art bands make a lot of noise in the back, and the overall feel is one of a golden era before the corporatisation of the drinking den.” – Worlds Best Bars.com

Run with the kittens every Tuesday Night. Amazing indie/comedy band.
Definately worth checking out!