Where to drink right now

AAA 138 Adelaide East, 416-850-2726,

Why do we visit bars? It’s a loaded question.

Besides the obvious – escapism, camaraderie, release, avoidance, amusement – the defining reason to return to one bar over another is a pitch-perfect comfort level. The holy trinity – hospitality, ambience and alcohol – is hard to live without once you know where to find it.

AAA, aka Triple A, dishing no-frills booze and Southern-style BBQ in the reincarnated Laide space for the past year, is one of those havens – a welcoming, chilled-out place to shed the day’s dirt.

Come here to guzzle cold beer and shoot back bourbon (they stock over 20 American whiskeys) while gnawing on smoky ribs served with Wonder Bread.

Tequila shots will run you $3 every night of the week, and $5 pints flow from a rotating house tap (usually Amsterdam Blonde, Pabst or Trailhead Lager).

Industry gets treated to a dollar off every item ordered, so, unsurprisingly, Triple A has become the post-shift watering hole for staff from nearby restaurants George and Origin.

Bottled beer is displayed in rows, crowned by bullhorns, opposite the central stable-style bar, where guests can order and observe from almost every nook.

The openness of the space oils the convivial engine. Triple A is packed with regulars, but the rad staff don’t play favourites. Whether you’re a nightly fixture or first-timer, you get their best attention.

Hours 5 pm to 2 am Monday to Saturday, 5 pm to midnight on Sundays

Access Up two steps to the front door washrooms in the back

Patio None

Signature drink The bartenders will make simple cocktails on request, but beer washed down with whiskey is the way to go. | @s_parns

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