Imagine a small living room. Casual in atmosphere, an excellent jukebox selection -if you had one and signature pickled eggs on the bar. Yup, pickled eggs. The bar’s decor is reminiscent of an earlier, simpler time with early 20th century, Russian-inspired paintings and posters.
Spotted By Locals is about finding those places where Torontonians like to hang out, relax and have some fun and this tiny, hole in the wall is truly one of them. In fact this hidden spot is meant to be such that even the signs at the front, in an attempt of subversive playfulness still read “Nazare Snack Bar,” remnants of the locale’s previous occupants. Why? You ask? Why not?
Although it might be easy to miss, especially for first timers. The demographic is mostly students, artists, hipsters and people who want to try something new, you won’t feel out of place. The energy is friendly and low-key. This is not the type of bar where people go to be seen but to take it easy and have some fun with your friends.
Beer is inexpensive, and the short $6 – $9 menu mostly serves as literal snacks to be had in between laid back lounging and conversations. Don’t come too hungry.
You will find live acoustic music played on Saturdays and Sundays evenings, inspired by Django Reinhardt, while on the latter you find a more folky flavour in the music.
Definitely a place with a lot of soul and a hidden gem for the locals!