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Shady bars with poor reputations

derek

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does a bear shit in the woods?



also, the drake b4 it was gentrified was a total hole. i lived on beaconsfield in the early 90s and have some amazing stories about toothless hookers and drug dealing pimps.
 

JamesM

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I think the championship goes to Alfies Pub on Queen. I've never been there personally, but it's legendary.



Some guy's Yelp review..

I was greeted by a pleasant gentleman who I assumed was the Maitre'D. Dressed in what seemed to be an authentic period costume, I was reminded of a time of our great city's past when life was harder and people knew the real value of a dollar. It had been so long since I'd seen a Beaver Canoe outfit. You could see glimmers of gold in his wonky smile as he rushed me inside. "You ain't a pig, are ya?" he whispered, reminding me of Toronto's lush Hogtown past.

While I did find it strange that this restaurant had several Maitre'Ds working at once, they congregated into a welcoming mob on the boulevard in front, whispering to one another in order not to disturb the patrons. They seemed to be very concerned with the amount of soft drinks that were available, as they kept whispering "Coke? Coke?" under their breath so as not to disturb the people inside eating.

I love a place with good security. Makes you feel comfortable and welcome. On this particular occasion the house was in the process of removing a person who must have been a bad tipper. "Gimme the money!" they kept saying as they forcibly excised the patron from the establishment. They must have been concerned for his spiritual well being, because they ushered the gentleman into a non-descript white van and wished him well. "Say your prayerst!"

Upon entering the establishment, they really made me believe that I was their special guest. LIke I was the first person who had ever placed an order. It takes incredibly well trained staff in order to provide that unique experience. The first gentleman who came to my table quietly asked "How much do you want?", to which I answered "I would only like one hamburger please". Surprisingly, he was also able to almost guess my middle name. "This guy's a Narc!" he exclaimed, to which I replied "Very close, my friend! My middle name's actually Mark!"

It took a while to come, but eventually my food was delivered. Although I found it somewhat strange that it was presented in a fast food bag. Those damn hipsters. You can never cease being amazed by their creative presentation skills.

Also in the bag were two small packets of what appeared to be icing sugar wrapped in a lovely cellophane package. The final price tag of $300 was quite steep for dinner for one, but you've got to be prepared for high-end dinners in Toronto these days.

The sign on the door was true though, certainly amongst the best hamburgers in town.

Highly recommended.
Alfies Bar & Grill - Corktown - Toronto, ON | Yelp

The Top 5 Dive Bars on Queen Street
 
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derek

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oh and i actually go here with co workers for lunch sometimes. food is not bad actually. it's all bikers that hang out there.



they're not showing the patio or street to the right as it's all bikers and harleys.
 
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basketballjones

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does a bear shit in the woods?



also, the drake b4 it was gentrified was a total hole. i lived on beaconsfield in the early 90s and have some amazing stories about toothless hookers and drug dealing pimps.
the flamingo just west of there is stellar too. the old ho lee chow is now a dive bar too. lots of good ones in the east end on danforth
 

wickedken

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What's the deal with the Duke on Queen East? Has that old time charm of the Brunny but still feels different...
 

Techdruid

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oh and i actually go here with co workers for lunch sometimes. food is not bad actually. it's all bikers that hang out there.

they're not showing the patio or street to the right as it's all bikers and harleys.
oh dear, that is my local. Great staff tho.


.... did anyone mention Comfort Zone??
 

acheron

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We've got some winners out at the end of Queen West..

Grace Place and Anna's Place as well as Sjadarlija Restaurant are all pretty ugly for drunkenness leading to stabbings and such a couple of times a year at least.


Anyone remember the way Ossington USED to be before it got all hipster... used to be one long block of garages and Korean karaoke bars with blacked out windows... very very sketch.
 
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Bernnie Federko

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does a bear shit in the woods?



also, the drake b4 it was gentrified was a total hole. i lived on beaconsfield in the early 90s and have some amazing stories about toothless hookers and drug dealing pimps.
First of all, RIP WG's :(
Secondly, The Stardust Hotel was a good time. I will always miss bashing in the dirt floor of the sub basement off the main basement during the 90's. Good times.
Third, Alfie's is so Hood.
Fourth, who here remembers when you could score H in the Dunn Right Inn? Were any of you with me that time the Street Walker wanted me to do Blow in the Loo that she had stashed in her Hoohoo?
Fifth, The Ulster Arms on Gerrard east of Greenwood.
Sixth, RIP Noah's Ark Tavern, Dawes N Danny.
Seventh, Peggy's/Jimmy's Place @ Gerrard &
Woodbine is where Real Star's hang
8th, The Flamingo is Cool.

Deal with it!
 

Bernnie Federko

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How could I forget Fleur de Lis???

Corner of Coxwell & Gerrard, an old doughnut shop, plenty of characters, and questionable patron's motivation...
 
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basketballjones

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How could I forget Fleur de Lis???

Corner of Coxwell & Gerrard, an old doughnut shop, plenty of characters, and questionable patron's motivation...
there is another bar in the corner of that plaza with a "patio", forget the name

flamingo had to go and renovate the washrooms to lift it out of super dive bar status. they actually did a really good job. when i first was going to the flamingo you could smell the toilets outside while smoking.
 
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