Bar Italia 582 College 416-535-3621 Rating: NNNNN
VIBE An institution in Little Italy, a fixture in the neighbourhood for over 10 years, it's primarily a restaurant but after dinner operates more as a bar and lounge. It's much bigger inside than it looks from the outside and has a second floor that you might miss if you didn't know it was there, with a small stage for live performances and DJs some nights.
OUTDOOR ACCESS In the summer, one of the main attractions is the busy front patio. Bigger than most in the area, it still tends to fill up early, so if you're aiming to chill out and people-watch, get there early or make reservations.
BATHROOMS The main bathrooms are in the basement, but there are smaller ones upstairs that tend to stay cleaner, partly because many don't know they're there.
DANCING OR CHILLING It's not really a dance club, but occasionally you will see people getting down in the upstairs lounge. Don't count on it, though - this is a restaurant first.