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It's a throwback to Russia's Iron Curtain era, but there's nothing cold about this bar. Outfitted in plush red banquettes with gold accents throughout the decor, the 3-level space evokes some kind of historic glamor. The combination of exposed brick walls and hanging chandeliers is interestingly juxtaposed next to images of defining Russian figures like Lenin, Putin and Stalin. Featuring two bars, Pravda showcases an impressive collection of bottles with myriad vodkas to choose from. Slip down with Happy Hour featuring complimentary appetizers and cheap martinis Mondays through Thursdays.
Next door to the Old Spagetti Factory on The Esplanade, The Amsterdam Bicycle Club is a vibrant bar and a popular, neighborhood nightly haunt. With a friendly staff, a great, youthful vibe and several cocktails, brews and spirits on the menu, The Amsterdam Bicycle Club, has emerged exceedingly successful since it's inception. The live music entertainment is quite the crowd-puller, especially during summers, when the patio makes for a pleasant seating arrangement. The event list is pretty varied here, with funk, indie and rock bands dominating the schedule; besides which there are karaoke nights when the local denizens show up in large numbers. The food menu is rife with usual suspects like salads, burgers and sandwiches. All in all, The ABC, as the locals call it, makes for a fun night.
Located on Parkdale's Queen Street West, Miss Thing's is a quirky spot for exotic Hawaiian-Polynesian fare, with the delightful company of delicious cocktails put together by bartender Robinn Wynne. Help yourself to beautifully plated dishes like the Shrimp Bao and the Pineapple Rice with Jackfruit, and order up colorful tiki cocktails like Disco Juice, Fuzzy Wawa, or Purple Rain. The decor at Miss Thing's mirrors its zany Hawaiian theme, replete with breezy bright interiors, floral motifs, pineapple-painted doors, and the works. You can take a seat at the booth, or down cocktail after heady cocktail at the stylish bar.