atomeyes wrote:Bellwoods has charm.
the new Amsterdam brewpub does have a bit of a cold feel to it, and i don't dig the 1000 tvs, but i think it was very nicely done. especially the patio. it would probably be closest to "handsome" as one can get.
the Only has charm coming out of it's ass. also smells like ass at times, but it is one of the most charming bars in toronto.
i was at 5 Paddles yesterday (Whitby). not a bar, but their tasting room is really cute. nicely done.
if you're just going for drinks, i think Cocktail Bar and Rhum Corner are beautiful spaces.
I find Bellwoods to be neutral. I don't love the space and I don't hate it. Just a big ball of meh.
Other than walking through the interior to get to the patio I've never sat inside Amsterdam Brewhouse since so far I find no value to the place beyond an afternoon on the patio overlooking the water. I'd go there far more often if there were more seasonals and one-offs. The insides looks like any other big chain interior. Meh.
Never been to The Only yet. It's very possible I'll have a dinner up on the Danforth in February so visits to Louis Cifer and The Only would be in the cards (birds, stones and the meeting thereof) I never get up to the Danforth since I've got the wealth of Bar Hop, C'est What, Wvrst, Bar Volo, Bellwoods, T&M, Tequila Bookworm, etc far closer to me.
I've only ever been inside Cocktail Bar when it was their brunch place. I've walked past the cocktail incarnation in the wee hours of the morning trudging home from elsewhere. It is on the list of places I'll be visiting. I appreciate a well made cocktail, I'd just like to grab a body to go with me.
Whenever I finally get out to Oshawa for a visit to Buster Rhino's (man, would love an outlet here downtown) I may stop in a 5 Paddles on the way.