Find the right Toronto bar based on your Zodiac sign
For a local watering hole to be worthy of our “regular” status, it must meet many needs on many levels. Comfort is key, for one. We need to feel wholly at home in a place we frequent regularly — which has to do with atmosphere, of course. But it’s also a matter of affordability, menu offering, service, crowd… the list goes on. Whichever quality strikes a particular chord with you will depend on your character and how you want to express yourself in the world. For more intel on that, we can look to the stars. Which bar should you call your go-to this summer? Here’s an idea, according to your sun sign.
Aries (March 21-April 19) … you belong at
Reposado Tequila Bar
136 Ossington St.
This unassuming tequila bar on the Ossington strip is known for its extensive selection of tequila, which it pairs with a refined tapas menu. You won’t find any oversized nacho plates here. The room is long and narrow, the bar is lined with all the tequila you could want — including rare finds — and the live jazz is loud. Sip a fresh squeezed margarita and wind down — or stoke — your fire, Aries. Whatever the night calls for….
Taurus (April 20-May 20) … you belong at
House on Parliament
456 Parliament St.
You can expect a consistently comfy experience at this Cabbagetown pub within a Victorian house: from the super-friendly service to the decadent, affordable eats. Plant yourself in one of the plush booths and linger over a Posh Ploughman’s platter and a pint of cask ale. What could be more appropriate for you, Taurus?
Gemini (May 21-June 20) … you belong at
506 Church St.
Chic, warm, and artfully inventive with their creations — Boutique Bar and yourself clearly share the same qualities. This central spot on Church will put you right in the heart of one of the city’s most social hoods. But even if you don’t feel like being “on,” you can just chill and people-watch from the small wrap-around front patio.
Cancer (June 21-July 22) … you belong at
Communist’s Daughter (no website)
1149 Dundas St. W.
Hole up in this bohemian gem on Dundas West and do what you need to do to refuel, Cancer – turn inward for a spell. This tiny 8-seater room is filled with artsy relics as decor (including a jukebox) and sees a diverse cast of patrons at any given time – so, expect just enough of the right kind of activity to spark your creativity. Come for the live folk or jazz on weekend nights if you’re in the mood to launch out of your shell.
Leo (July 23-August 22) … you belong at
1214 Queen St. W.
There’s always something happening at the Gladstone, which is why a Leo could easily call it their go-to. When you’re not checking out new spots, take a seat inside this boutique hotel bar, sip a champagne-infused Tension Lift and rest your paws for the day. Or make your way around any of the events, parties, exhibits that happen here all the time. The Gladstone has the best of both worlds for you, regal Leo.
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Virgo (August 23-September 22) … you belong at
Famous Last Words
392 Pacific Ave.
If surrounding yourself with words (and beautiful typeface) puts you at ease, you’ll feel at home inside this literary themed cocktail bar in the Junction. Don’t mistake it for an indie bookstore from the outside. Put your thoughts to rest over a whiskey neat (because, that’s how you like everything, right? $2 off until 7pm on Whiskey Wednesdays, FYI). If you’re in the mood for inspiration, check out one of their readings or book trivia nights.
Libra (September 23-October 22) … you belong at
607 College St.
The Walton is a clean and airy cafe and cocktail bar in Little Italy with zero pretension and maximum charm, making is a perfect haunt for you, balanced beautifier. The 35-seater intimate back patio is just clandestine enough to help a Libra refuel away from the world, with the help of a super fresh Pimms Cup.
Scorpio (October 23-November 21) … you belong at
2031 Yonge St.
“Just follow the red light” to this cocktail and snack bar above Little Sister Indonesian restaurant. There’s definitely an air of mystery at work here, making this the perfect place for a clandestine meeting or even just a rendezvous with some deep thoughts and a no-nonsense cocktail. Hours are 6:30pm to late, Thursday to Saturday. But you’re a night owl anyway, right Scorpio?
Today a couple named Hayley and Lewis came in to the bar. Turns out they met at the Cavern two years ago to the day. Lewis was here to perform with his punk rock band the Lamaas and Hayley here to see her high school friends band that was performing later in the night. They been together for 8 months now 😊
Sagittarius (November 22-December 21) … you belong at
76 Church St.
You’re most comfortable when things are happening Sag, and ideally you’re in the center of the action. The open mic night here has been called one of the best in Toronto, and there’s also a calendar full of nightly entertainment featuring artists from all over the world. (This is the bar located in the HI Toronto hostel, after all.) Sip a Tequila Sunrise or seven with other travellers who share your thirst for adventure.
Capricorn (December 22-January 19) … you belong at
Love Child Social House
69 Bathurst St.
Co-working hours: Monday to Friday 8am – 7pm
Open to the public: Friday and Saturday 7pm – 2am
… because you love a members-only affair, maybe as much as you love the hustle. Love Child Social House is the place you can nurture your work as you nurture a pint, talk shop with other business-minded creators, and be inspired. Grab a co-working membership or just come for a meeting with your Moleskine and your next big idea.
Aquarius (January 20 to February 18) … you belong at
1181 Dundas St. W.
Get Well is large enough that you could absolutely just sip and be anonymous, but stocked with enough old-school gaming machines (think: Street Fighter, Pac Man, etc.) that you could get into social mode, Aquarius. Stop by when you’re ready to stop innovating for the day.
Pisces (February 19 to March 20) … you belong at
2116 Queen St. E.
Your old soul will feel at home here at this unpretentious pub that’s been a mainstay in the beaches for 25+ years. Nostalgic artists and revolutionaries throughout history cover the walls, which could inspire your writerly side, or you could just lose yourself in live music that plays nightly. There’s also a killer menu with vegan and gluten-free options — because you’re sensitive, right?