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Dark interiors, country style décor, low lighting, a huge crowd and live music greet you as you enter the portals of The Dakota Tavern. Gorge on lip smacking mac and cheese, crunchy red cabbage, spiced nuts and cherry tomato salad, and fish served on tacos with cabbage and lime, as you listen to some fine country music. On their famous brunch days, your platter is lined up with unlimited food: cheese, steak, bacon, eggs, juice, coffee, pancakes among other goodies, that you can wash down with a mug of chilled beer. This is a good place to meet new people, groove to good music and have a filling meal.
One of the city's original live music venues and where Canadian singing legend Stompin' Tom got his first break, this tavern is still the place to see the bands that put the word 'road' in roadhouse. From cowboy to punk, rock 'n' roll to grunge, the musical back room has heard it all. The sound system at Horseshoe Tavern is high decibel and, Tuesday nights, local radio station-The Edge hosts a New Music series of sounds from the street.
Ronnie's may just be the ultimate dive bar. Tiny and always full. this is a hot spot within Kensington Market. The crowd generally consists of the very hip, bike-riding, scarf-wearing, well-connected variety, but the relaxed atmosphere and affordable drinks are the reason to check it out. If you want to meet Toronto locals, this is the place to go. Things get a little cramped when it is busy, but everyone is friendly. The back room provides a little ambiance and romance, with paintings lining the walls and lighting that patrons can control with the dimmer, making it an excellent drink spot on a first date.
A preferred watering hole for locals as well as the students of the George Brown College, the Betty's comes across as a regular dive bar where you can sit down and indulge in beer drinking. Hence, the focus is on providing a casual setup where you can end up having a good time conversing with friends over a bottle of draft beer. The interior of the bar is cozy, however, it is the outdoor patio that is the main hangout spot for the regulars. As for the food, the pub offers a variety of delicacies in pizzas, sandwiches, wraps and appetizers to match it with your selection of one of the 29 draft beers listed on the menu. A perfect joint to host a private party, call or visit their website for more information.