Toronto Bars: Summer 2016 Bucketlist

I’ll be the first to admit eating is one of my favourite hobbies. I would consider myself pretty daring too. As in if it sounds appealing I’ll probably try it. This summer is my first living in Toronto, and when you come from a town with one all day breakfast joint that doubles as a truck stop the thought of endless food choices is pretty exciting. Here’s a list of the bars and restaurants I’m looking forward to crossing off my bucket list this summer:

1. O.Noir

“It’s better in the dark.”

At O.NOIR you can experience dining without the use of sight. From the time you enter to the time you leave customers gain a better understanding of what it’s like to be blind – just like the restaurant’s team of wait staff consisting entirely of the visually-impaired.


© O.NOIR Montreal

2. SPiN

Spin is more of a social club than a restaurant. But, it does have 12 ping pong tables you can rent for 20$ an hour, 2 bars, and a full menu to keep you busy.


© KMR Photography

3. Cheese Werks

A restaurant that is all about the cheese. I discovered this place on a Foodies on Foot! tour last year and it was love at first bite. They have brunch specials every Saturday and Sunday from 10am-2pm with breakfast grilled cheese, mimosas and more. If you’re a cheese lover this is the place to be.


© Renee Suen 孫詩敏 

4. P.O Box 1192

Old school hip-hop, dim lighting, cheap eats and drinks. What more could you ask of a snackbar? Dishes like pizza fries and jerk chicken nachos make this place a must try.


 © Toronto Guide 

5. Nightowl

An exciting restaurant that’s still reasonably priced. Night owl features two floors, a dining area, unique cocktails based on Toronto neighborhoods, and arcade games. Perfect for pre-drinks or a night out.


© NOW Toronto

6. Crocodile Rock

Crocodile Rock is a bar and night club featuring rock and top 40. Open from 4pm-2am, and drink deals as low as $2.50 all night on Wednesdays, and until 10pm on Fridays makes this the perfect pre-drink or club destination. Bonus: Check out their rooftop patio.


© Chris Barker

7. 416 Snack Bar

Open 5pm-2am seven days a week 416 snack bar’s menu offers unique snacking options: tuna handrolls, eggplant sangwiches, pepermint jos. louis (yum!) all for under $10.


© Jonathon Kates

8. Signs

Signs employs only Deaf staff and encourages guests to use instructions given in the menu and a ‘cheat book’ to use American Sign Language to communicate with servers. Ask about  their drink specials and 10% student discount.


9. Future Bistro

This summer my boyfriend and I are in search of the perfect patio. Future Bistro opens up to the street in the summer making it a must for this list. Some cheap eats include their “unfairly stereotyped patio foods” or all you can eat perogies for $11 on Wednesdays. They also offer a 20% student discounts on all day breakfast Monday-Friday.


© Jason Cook

What bars or restaurants are on your summer 2016 Bucket list?

Comment and let me know!

Featured image: © toby1784


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