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Recommendations for good food and live music?

stonedtoronto Jan 3, 2010 04:48 PM

Hey Chowhounds,

I am hoping for a recommendation for a resto, or lounge that has good food and live music..

Thanks in advance

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  1. Rabbit RE: stonedtoronto Jan 4, 2010 12:49 AM

    Sopra... from the people behind Mistura (so the food is good!). www.sopra.ca

    There is a piano lounge at Jacob & Co. steakhouse, but I haven't been.
    The Fifth also claims to have a live piano/jazz group.
    I think there is still a piano lounge downstairs at Centro too.

    Harlem has music upstairs (although I think you usually tend to higher-end spots).

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      stonedtoronto RE: Rabbit Jan 7, 2010 01:38 AM

      Thanks Rabbit,

      Didn't think of the Fifth. Unfortunately, we went out on Monday. Nothing is really open on Mondays. Lol. We ended up in Sukho Thai, and decided to search for a bar in the area...hmm, that was a bad idea. A homeless guy pointed us to a random bar...so we bought him a drink before downing our shots and quickly leaving.

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        Googs RE: stonedtoronto Jan 7, 2010 08:10 AM

        From Sukho Thai you could have wandered east on Queen St to The Dominion. Better yet, you could have dined at Fusilli which is a stone's throw from The Dominion. Too cold to waste time these days.

        531 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M5A1V1, CA

        Dominion On Queen Beer Parlour Kitchen & Jazz Club
        500 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

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          haggisdragon RE: Googs Jan 12, 2010 04:40 AM

          Also there is House on Parliament about a 10 minute walk up the street.

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            Googs RE: haggisdragon Jan 12, 2010 05:45 AM

            HoP. No music. Nasty servers unless you're a regular. I never recommend it.

            On a Sunday night, though, they do live jazz at The Cobourg on Parliament just south of Winchester. Now there's a place that knows how to treat their paying customers.

            The Cobourg
            533 Parliament St, Toronto, ON M4X 1P3, CA

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              Splendid Wine Snob RE: Googs Jan 13, 2010 07:33 AM

              I'm not a regular at the House on Parliament but I've been there twice recently and did not have "nasty" service-actually they were very pleasant. Maybe its more dependent on the day of the week or specific servers?

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                Googs RE: Splendid Wine Snob Jan 13, 2010 09:31 AM

                I've lived in the nabe for 18 years, not that it's been around as long as I have. If there's a day/time/server correlation I've yet to find it. I still dine there once a year despite the complete jerk service I've received. I really make an effort to support my neighbourhood dontcha know. Nothing ever changes. You're a regular, with regulars, or you're a schmuck. Who needs it?

    2. ingloriouseater RE: stonedtoronto Jan 4, 2010 01:25 AM

      what kind of music? what kind of vibe?

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        1sweetpea RE: ingloriouseater Jan 7, 2010 09:59 AM

        Forte Bistro does cool Jazz one night of the week. I'm not sure if it's Wednesday or Thursday, but you can call in advance to reserve a table and inquire about the live music.

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        bringonthelbs RE: stonedtoronto Jan 7, 2010 10:56 AM

        Reservoir Lounge on Wellington has fantastic live jazz with a full band and surprise guests. They also have a full menu - I believe their specialty is tapas - although I have never eaten there. It's definitely a great date place and very upbeat and lively.

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          coconut lime RE: bringonthelbs Jan 11, 2010 10:09 PM

          thanks for the recommendation, I too am looking for a lounge that serve good food for a friend.

          p.s. a few have recommend Centro on the other threads as well. Might give that a try.

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          chef guru RE: stonedtoronto Jan 12, 2010 03:20 AM

          Hughs Room on Dundas West,Nice venue ,Jazz,folk music,good food reasonable

          1. haggisdragon RE: stonedtoronto Jan 12, 2010 04:42 AM

            The Rex does not have great food but has very great music and very passable food, and a great buzz.

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              Splendid Wine Snob RE: haggisdragon Jan 13, 2010 07:31 AM

              Agreed-the Rex rocks. But I (and other Jazz heads) get SUPER annoyed with people who don't understand the no talking rule during a performance. A bunch of hipsters recently ruined an experience there for my SO because they just wouldn't SHUT UP. So, if you want to drink, eat and chat it up, this may not be the place for everyone.

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                haggisdragon RE: Splendid Wine Snob Jan 13, 2010 07:49 AM

                Very true.

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              meowmix RE: stonedtoronto Jan 12, 2010 08:12 AM

              Grossman's is good place to go. Never a cover and they do a great burger and fries.

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                gastronom RE: stonedtoronto Jan 13, 2010 07:22 AM

                waterfall grill in kensigton does jazz on the weekend and pretty decent indian food

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