Poetry jazz cafe
ISLAND FOODS (1182 KING ST W)
Toronto has its fair share of tasty roti spots (shoutout to Pam’s Roti), but Island Foods is worth the long lineups. On the border of the eclectic Parkdale neighbourhood, you’ll be quickly charmed by the old-school decor and Trinidadian twin sisters who run the joint. Order the shrimp roti and thank me later.
COMEDY BAR (945 BLOOR ST W)
The “What took you so long?” of Toronto venues, this has been a perfect addition since 2008. Given that the city (and country) are at an all-time high of comedic talent, you’re guaranteed a much-needed gut laugh. They’re also open late, when you’ll often find comedians at their delirious best, either on stage or just at the bar.
(224 AUGUSTA AVE)
In the heart of Kensington Market, this jazz bar is the coolest and coziest joint in the hood. There’s always something musically special happening every time I step through the doors. The location is unassuming yet hard to miss, due to the massive painting of Miles Davis on the front entrance.