Wide Open 139a Spadina, 416-727-5411
VIBE A small, narrow bar on the edge of the club district but without the trappings of most joints in this 'hood. The room is dominated by a long bar and there are a couple of couches toward the back. The vibe is casual and relaxed -- you won't see many bar stars or plastic people hanging out here.
VALUE No cover, and drinks are cheap considering the area. A bottle of domestic beer runs you $4.50, and frequent drink specials are worth asking about.
DANCING OR CHILLING The occasional DJ has been booked, but this isn't the kind of spot for letting loose on the dance floor. Drinking beer and talking are the main activities encouraged by the space.
BATHROOMS Small but functional and reasonably clean for a down-market spot: won't thrill you, but shouldn't keep you away either.