New East-End Watering Holes
There is a reason why most east-enders don’t venture over the bridge very often, and it’s because of our lively, interactive neighbourhood that quenches even our nightlife needs. The service/restaurant industry shines extra bright in the east with new hot spots opening up monthly. There are numerous places to grab a drink with friends, from original neighbourhood staples like Stratengers to newbies such as Lloyd’s on Queen. We’ve rounded up the newest watering holes in the East for your consideration on your next pub crawl.
Located on the up-and-coming Gerrard Street East strip, Farside opened its doors this past fall. With big comfortable couches, a central bar, and arcade games, the space feel more like someone’s decked out party basement than a bar. The wide range of draft beer taps and easy snacking menu that includes Kimchi and birthday cake make for a comfortable, familiar evening. Head on over to their Facebook page to follow the rotation of events they host such as VHS viewing nights and featured DJs. Farside is located at 600 Gerrard Street East.
Lloyd’s on Queen
The newest addition the ‘hood, Lloyd’s on Queen, is a relaxed, neighbourhood pub perfect for casual nights out or an easy dinner. Located at 1298 Queen Street East, you’re invited to nosh on beef patty burgers or sip through their extensive universal cocktail menu. In addition to their intimate location, Lloyd’s draws its name from the movie The Shinning, and the influence can be traced throughout the bar. From photos of Bill and Ted on the wall to the dramatic black and red bathrooms, the mini-homages to the inspiration behind the bar are evident throughout.
The mysterious space that once housed Dark Horse Espresso Bar is now home to the team behind Aft’s newest venture, KT Bar. Officially, KT stands for Kid’s Table. Serving up Jet Fuel espresso by day and draft beer and cocktails by night, the cafe/bar hybrid also doubles as a sports bar with large televisions and classic pub dishes to snack on. Pop in for a quick drink after work, meet the gang for game-time, or dine-in with family. Whatever the case, KT Bar is set to serve you at 682 Queen Street East.
The popular Beaches upscale-pub opened its second location this month at 1192 Queen Street East where former PO Box, Rock Lobster and The Curzon used to be. Skwish is a well-rounded bar, lounge and restaurant all in one. Their food menu offers brunch, lunch, dinner and late-night eats with standout items including tacos, short ribs, and oysters. Plus, add this bar to your summer hit list: they have an expansive side patio which is sure to draw a crowd.
Feature image via Farside.