Bacchus Cafe & Wine Bar's rotating menu complements the freshness of ingredients used, many of which are sourced from local suppliers. Visitors rest in a vibrant, art-filled space, lounging like child princes on couches and stools while enjoying delectably prepared tapas. Evening diners nosh on light items, such as an herb-crusted, Italian-style sardine ($6), oven-baked between crusty bruschetta and melty mozzarella, or a truffle oil-kissed mushroom and spinach crostini ($13). Meat-seeking taste buds pen four-verse love-raps for the calamari, prawn, and chorizo, served with sautéed onion, garlic, and peppers ($15), or the spice-marinated bison meatballs, bursting with mozzarella and baked in tomato sauce ($17).
The clinking of cocktail glasses tinkles through Jeffrey's Cafe & Wine Bar as whiffs of baking pastries and grilling sandwiches drift out from the kitchen. Specialty sandwiches and wraps clasp gourmet fixings of wild smoked salmon, fresh vegetables, and melted cheeses; cinnamon-raisin buns, pies, and cakes await pairings with specialty coffee drinks. Red and white wines, beer, and more than 30 specialty martinis make evenings more relaxing than nap on an alpaca.
Beneath vibrant, framed paintings and hanging lights, upholstered chairs and plush leather couches scatter across the café's hardwood floors, and outside, red and green umbrellas shade an expansive patio. In lieu of animatronic banjo players, the cafe regularly hosts live bands and vocalists on weekends.
If you're in the mood for wings or ribs, you're in luck at The Pint. That's because the pub whips up the classic bar cuisine 40 different ways thanks to sauces ranging from the sweet Mongolian BBQ to the mouth-on-fire Liquid Fire. Thirteen different dry rubs such as Kentucky bourbon, parmesan and herb, and Cajun grant a welcome twist on the usual spices, and dipping sauces including tzatziki and guacamole join classics ranch and blue cheese. But The Pint doesn't just do wings and ribs. In keeping with its name, it pours a wealth of beers to pair with menu items that run the gamut from poutine and nachos to fiery blue-cheese burgers and halibut 'n' chips.
Since its Toronto location opened in 1976, Yuk Yuk's has been a collective launching pad for such comedy heavyweights as Jim Carrey, Rick Moranis, and Russell Peters. All of Yuk Yuk's laugh-establishments invite seasoned jokesters and up-and-coming comedians to their stages every weekend for up to four days of high hilarity and three nights of cozy lodging atop their cocktail tables. Many Yuk Yuk's locations offer drinks, dinner, or bar fare during the show, but those interested in dining should contact their club of choice to find out about reservations.
Ceili's Irish Pub & Restaurant boasts two levels of revelry-inducing real estate outfitted with more than 400 seats from which patrons can enjoy live music, authentic Irish flavours, and frothy beverages. Ceili's preps palates with a hearty drink menu of premium domestic drafts ($6.75) and imported pours including Irish favourites such as Guinness and Harp, each served in a proper drinking glass to evoke the beer's true flavour quality and sweating behaviours ($7.75+).
The non-profit Theatre Network promotes challenging and, at times, controversial Canadian artists, earning myriad awards throughout its three-and-a-half decade history. Daniel MacIvor's Communion explores the lives of three women: a mother, her estranged daughter, and a therapist, each grappling with the weighty issues of mortality and spiritualism. Performances are held at the historic Roxy Theatre, originally established as a movie house in 1938 and later retrofitted to accommodate the medium of the future: theatre.