Restaurants of the 70-80s in TO

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Perry de Man

Restaurants of the 70-80s in TO

Post by Perry de Man » Sat Jul 31, 2004 1:11 am

It was on the second floor, on the north side of Bloor, in space now occupied by Holt Renfrew, close to where Holt's eatery is, but I think a bit east.


Restaurants of the 70-80s in TO

Post by Anonymous » Thu Aug 05, 2004 11:51 am

Does anyone remember the Gasworks, Young Station, the Embassy (my favourite in the 70s), Place Pigalle on Avenue Road, the Nags Head (Yonge and King)?

What about Beggars Banquets out in the west end?


Restaurants of the 70-80s in TO

Post by Anonymous » Thu Aug 05, 2004 12:08 pm

Thought of some more - the Zumburger! at Bloor and Yonge, Steak & Burger across the street, Masonic Temple (where I saw Led Zeppelin.


Restaurants of the 70-80s in TO

Post by PJ » Wed Sep 08, 2004 10:02 am

So - the restaurant just south of Bloor on the east side of Yonge was called Century 66 and was owned by the same guy who owned Voodoo.

Anyone remember the Iguana Lounge on Pear Ave?


Restaurants of the 70-80s in TO

Post by Anonymous » Wed Sep 22, 2004 1:18 pm

Does anyone remember a club called Krush, out in the east end. I think it was in and around the beaches. Cool 80's alternative tunes.


Restaurants of the 70-80s in TO

Post by kop » Thu Sep 30, 2004 4:25 pm

How about the best of all....Larry's Hideaway


Restaurants of the 70-80s in TO

Post by Anonymous » Sat Oct 30, 2004 12:02 am

The copa used to be good.

The Selecter

Restaurants of the 70-80s in TO

Post by The Selecter » Fri Jan 07, 2005 1:25 am

Siobhan had Pariah at Twilight Zone on Wednesday nights. An amazing night, and was fun, fun, fun. Remember the Red Room? (Who can forget?)
I still have my Twilight Zone Staff button too!


Restaurants of the 70-80s in TO

Post by barb » Sun Jan 09, 2005 4:29 pm

Yes, The Gasworks, the Yonge Station, The Colonial, The Embassy, The Elmacombo, The Isabella House, The Ports, Sammy's Cellar, The Plaz Bigalle, Nick's Underground, The Queensbury,

Did I drink too much back then?

And yeah, the Beggars Banquet Music Festivals. I could watch them from my balcony, but went to all of them. There were about five.

Who remembers these concerts? Who has posters? I'd love some photocopies. They were held in Porters Field Stadium on Humber Blvd. There is now a Catholic School there.

Sometimes I miss Tranna, but it's just too friggin' busy for me.

I was a punk before you w

Restaurants of the 70-80s in TO

Post by I was a punk before you w » Mon Jan 10, 2005 10:00 pm

Got food poisoning once at Nuts & Bolts, didn't want to pay the cover (it was still early evening, we just wanted some cold beer & good tunes)but they told us it included hamburgers & fries each so seemed a deal. When I was spewing out the window of my Impala getting on the Gardiner, didn't think it was such deal. Man, that stuff was toxic & discolored the paint til I put it into a guardrail on the QEW @ Lake St in "St. Catharines the Garden City, Hub of of the Golden Horseshoe" a few months later! Shutters & Boards or the Late Show in Buffalo, anyone remember them? Saw 999 at Harveys & Corky's on Main St in Buffalo, the Police with XTC opening on Super Bowl Sunday @ U of B, U2 (October Tour) @ Uncle Sams,drove through a blizzard, played 3 songs twice cause they didn't know any more to play!


Restaurants of the 70-80s in TO

Post by PATTERSON STRATTON. » Wed May 04, 2005 10:34 pm

Well, for the record RPM was actually called FRESH before RPM. Shepard worked at Mystique I believe. He was probably 15 or 16 years old.The hot spots were LE TUBE,KOMRADS,101,TWILIGHT ZONE,DOMINOS,NUTS AND BOLTS,ILLUSIONS AND FRESH. The best sound sysyem was by far the TWILIGHT ZONE.Your pants literally moved to the bass.Later FACES ,MYSTIES and SHOUT on the airport strip became popular. Small DJ groups like KILOWATT,SUNSHINE,MASIO,FUNKY SOUNDS,L7 AND LA FAMILIA arrived and did hall dances.It was a different time and todays concerns did not exist.You did not kill people with guns and knives. You actually listened to the doormen.Yes we had a lot of fun, I am so glad I saw it all.

Krista Michelle Newman-Br

Restaurants of the 70-80s in TO

Post by Krista Michelle Newman-Br » Fri May 06, 2005 12:06 am

Earl and Beverly used to do this weird weeknight thing at an upstairs place in Orangeville called Paridise or something. "With the bouncing dancefloor." It was the very first bar I snuck into underage. Cool times.


Restaurants of the 70-80s in TO

Post by jax » Sun Aug 07, 2005 3:42 pm

The Living H(W)ell --> with the door on the north side
Century 66
Iguana Lounge
Twilight Zone
Sanctuary at the corner of bathurst & queen)
Club Noir
Nuts & Bolts b4 it moved
Catch 22
Night Gallery
Freak Show
FreekyDees --> above Sneeky Dees
Empire Dance Bar
Silver Crown


Restaurants of the 70-80s in TO

Post by xtort » Sun Aug 28, 2005 12:43 pm

Bars/Clubs I've been in:

1) The Generator - Younge St., west side, south of Eglinton. (late 70s to early 80s)
2) The Piccadilly Tube - Younge St., west side, north of Dundas. (late 70s, where the Atrium on Bay now stands)
3) The Apocalypse Club - College Av., north side, at Crawford. (late 80s/early 90s)
4) The Siboney Club - Augusta Av., Kensington. (late 80s/early 90s)
5) Cafe on the Park - Eglinton Av. West, north side, east of Younge. (early 80s)
6) Diamond Club - Sherbourne St. north of Wellesley. (1984-1991, later became The Phoenix)
7) The Rondun Tavern - Dundas West at Roncesvalles. (demolished 1985)
8) The Algonquin Tavern - Younge St., north of Finch. (demolished 1986)
9) Colonial Tavern - Younge St., east side, south of Shuter. (late 1940's to 1986)
10) Bamboo Club - Queen St. West. (1984 - 2002)
11) Cabana Room, Spadina Hotel - Spadina Av., north of King.
12) El Mocambo - Spadina
13) Nickelodeon - Younge St., south of Dundas, upsatirs. (closed in early 80s)
14) Dominos/Komrads Younge St., north of Wellesley. (early-mid 80s)
15) Opera House - Queen St. East at Broadview.
16) Nag's Head Tavern - Eaton's Center, second floor. (closed mid 80s; became Lime Rickey's)
17) The Turning Point - Bloor St. West. (late 70s, early 80s)
18) Xanadu - Mt. Pleasant Av., south of Eglinton. (early 80s. Later DeSoto's)
19) Edge Club - Carleton Av. (late 70s, early 80s)
20) Hannibal's - Younge St., north of Sheppard. (closed early 90s)
21) Morissey Tavern - Younge St., north of Bloor. (closed mid-90s)
22) Music Hall - Danforth Av.
23) Empire - Younge St., west side, north of College.
24) Frankenstein's - Younge St., east side, south of Gerard - next door to Bermuda Tavern, upstairs. (short-lived punk club 1983)
25) The Ports - Younge St., east side, north of Summerhill. (demolished mid-80s)
26) Larry's Hideaway - Carleton St., south side. (closed mid-80s, burned down in 1991)


1) Garbo's - Queen St. West - east of Spadina. (early 80s, later became Tortilla Flats)
2) Harvey Wallbanger's - Younge St., east side, north of Queen. (closed 1982)
3) The Hayloft - Esplanade. (1970s)
4) Old Spaghetti Factory - Esplanade.
5) Cafe New Orleans - Younge at St. Joseph.
6) Mr. Greenjeans - Eaton Center
7) Howard Johnson's - Younge St., south of Dundas. (closed mid-80s)
8) Hernando's Hideway - Younge St., at Wellesley

where was "The Plaz Bigalle"?

Misery Machine

Restaurants of the 70-80s in TO

Post by Misery Machine » Tue Aug 30, 2005 4:20 pm

Most of these places are long gone - you guys are making me sad here.

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