Like any bustling city, Toronto has no shortage of critically-acclaimed restaurants and trendy bars. And yet, sometimes you want something slightly out of the ordinary. Spend your evening a little differently; up the kitsch factor, the quirkiness, the tweeness and check out our guide for some of the quirkiest-themed spaces in the city.
Want a taste of that country livin’? Head to Rock N Horse Saloon, an old Western saloon with barstools fashioned from leather saddles, walls covered in rodeo memorabilia, and swinging doors on the bathroom stalls. Country music favorites blare from speakers, or check out one of the live bands which play on most nights. With a menu that boasts Southern-inspired dishes and country-style cocktails, Rock N Horse Saloon possesses all the features of a Texas roadhouse. This spot is always packed, so get there early, test your rodeo skills on the mechanical bull, and don’t forget your plaid. Forgot your rodeo-wear? No stress: check the general store inside, which sells cowboy hats and paraphernalia.
Rock N Horse Saloon, 250 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 647 344 1234
Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre is a one-of-a-kind interactive dining experience, drawing on crowd participation, comedy and mystery to entertain. Cast members interact with guests but try not to get too attached to these characters: before the first course is over, one will be dead! For the rest of the evening, diners act as the detectives and help the surviving characters catch the murderer. Prizes are awarded to guests who successfully solve elements of the mystery (likely those CSI lovers out there). This theatre is also available for private events, and can even come to a location of your choice. Keep an eye out for matinees and mystery-writing workshops.
Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre, 2026 Yonge St, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 486 7469
O.Noir gives guests the opportunity to enjoy a three course meal, in complete darkness. Say what? That’s right, this blind-eating experience allows diners to home in on their other four senses while providing a brief glimpse into the daily lives of those without the ability to see. The wait staff is comprised of blind servers who gracefully guide their guests, making this unusual experience quite comfortable. O.Noir’s initiative is one of great importance, to teach compassion for those with disabilities and develop a sense of understanding while also providing a job opportunity in an otherwise challenging area of employment.
O.Noir, 620 Church St, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 922 6647
The Ballroom Bowl has got it all: an outdoor patio, live bands on the weekend, a packed dance floor, and quite the selection of games, Xbox, ping pong, foosball, and the fan-favorite, bowling, on the ground floor. The entertainment-while-drinking theme is bound to satisfy any taste. Be sure to reserve a lane ahead of time, this spot fills up quick, and with that throwback 90s playlist, you’re bound to stay for an extra game or two.
The Ballroom Bowl, 145 John St, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 597 2695