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The Green Room - how is it?

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A friend suggested The Green Room, located in the alley S. of Bloor between Brunswick St/ and Howland Ave, for drinks.

Have any of you been there? How is the atmosphere?

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  1. The Green Room is a perennial fave for students, because you can really hand out there, the food and beer is cheap, and the music loud. Personally, I've always hated it and never understood its appeal. The food is fairly mediocre, and the place is kind of dingy. But it could be fun when the crowd is right.

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    1. re: Kasia

      I like the place and it has a nice enclosed patio in the summer. It's a student hangout, food is an afterthought and I don't think the owners realize that you should clean the draft beer lines occassionally. Stick to bottles and your bowels will thank you.

      Probably run by the same people is the Red Room at Spadina/College. Really much the same but a less dingy space.

      There is something fun about wandering into a back alley bar.

      1. re: alsiem

        The green room is kinda cool. Don't expect high class though. the food is pretty blah but it's has a nice atmosphere. It is rough around the edges if that is your sort of thing. They're are a lot of smokers so beware if smoke gets on your nerves.

        My only complaint would be the music is a little loud. the girls are beautiful though.

        1. re: angelo

          Agreed on the music - once sat with a group of friends several tables from the speakers and we still couldn't hear each other.

          But for a tight budget, it's great, though more fun in the summer with the patio.

    2. Its a great place to watch people and drink cheap beer. Its not a place that will have your raving about its vast selection of imported microbrews or there heavenly organic barley salad with seasonal vegetables. Its one of the many places that serves cheap food and cheap beer to the students all over the Annex. It is indeed the same owners as the Red Room on Spadina and, I think, the Java House on Queen W.

      I love the place but I don't eat there I go to hang out with friends and drink beer on the patio on a warm summer night.

      1. The place has a great Bohemian vibe about it. After dark, lit by candles it feels like a 60s/70s folk club. Their pad thai is pretty good for $6.95 and yes, the beer is cheap. They also have free WiFi.

        1. I haven't been there for a while, but both the Green Room and the Red Room are great places to go for cheap beer. If you don't mind the extra "staff" they have on (aka cockroaches crawling around) then it is quite fun. Both places I have seen roaches crawling around the tables and once at the Red Room there was one floating in our water glass. You can't have cleanliness and cheap beer too.

          1. The problem with the Green Room (and the Red Room, run by the same people), is that is can get loud. Very, very loud. I've had times where I've had to scream at people to converse, and that can be difficult. It's cheap, and the food is okay (the avacado and brie sandwich is pretty tasty), but the staff often desert you, and you can be sitting there for ages before you get served. If you're okay with the dinginess and are laid back about waiting for service, it's all right, but I'm always leary going there just because of the noise!

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            1. re: sevenblades

              Went to the red room last night. I had a pint of Upper Canada Lager and some spring rolls. The spring rolls were oily and tasteless. From the looks of it, the food is awful! I wonder if they ever change the oil in the deep fryer. My beer tasted watered down. The rooms are cozy though! I loved the lighting.

            2. Sentimental favourite, I remember when i 'discovered' it as a young awkward student. Thought it was the coolest place ever. If this were a forum about lost chances for young love, I would have a few stories. Sadly, definitely NOT Choworthy.

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              1. re: haggisdragon

                Some friends wanted to meet up there during the big grid blackout we had in January. It was right on the edge of the area that still had power. This was about 10PM on a Thursday night. Before I got there my friends suggested going somewhere else and met me on Brunswick. Apparently it was jammed with super drunk people and there was throw up all over the washrooms and outside of the front door. Try that with your spring rolls!

              2. I'd only go for drinks, and even so a touch reluctantly - it's a guilty pleasure, not a destination. Definitely don't bother with the food!

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                1. re: thora

                  As long as the drinks come from a bottle...