Thirsty & Miserable
197 Baldwin, 647-607-0134
One of Kensington’s raddest watering holes, Thirsty & Miserable gets my vote for bestnamed bar. A chill haunt to slake your thirst and slay your worries, this tiny spot (long ago punk rock haven Planet Kensington) has an even tinier front patio. Arrive early and kick your Cons up to observe the never-ending spectacle of daily life along the Market’s jugular. Owner Katie Whittaker has excellent and eclectic taste. Her bar is stocked with local one-off goodness (GLB’s Thrust! IPA spotted recently along with a limited supply of Dieu du Ciel’s bourbon-barrel-aged Péché Mortel) and a fridge of intriguing imports. Years in operation Two and a half Specialty Excellent beers in a chill, divey environment. (Highest praise – dive bars are the best.) Food Snacks to cover legal requirements, but guest are encouraged to BYOF from surrounding (delicious) Kensington vendors. Patio Seats 9 (not bad considering the pub itself only seats 28) Hours Tuesday to Thursday 5:30 pm to 2 am, Friday to Sunday 2 pm to 2 am. Closed Monday.