Spice Bistro 577 College, 416-516-0447
VIBE A small restaurant/lounge in the heart of Little Italy where DJs play roots reggae and other urban sounds most nights. Pretty casual and down-to-earth, a nice break from the usual College Street pretension.
OUTDOOR ACCESS A small patio out front is great for watching the street, and there's also a larger licensed patio out back for those who like to drink while they smoke. The patio isn't covered or heated, though, so these days you'll likely be back inside fairly quickly.
VALUE There is a small cover some nights, but it's unlikely to be more than $5. Mixed drinks and premium beer cost around $6 each, not exactly bargain-basement prices but similar to most other bars' in the neighbourhood.
SOUND & LIGHTS The system for the DJs is fairly makeshift, so try not to trip over the cables on the ground. Even though it appears kind of thrown together, the system sounds much better than it looks. No flashing lights or lasers here, but it'd be weird if there were.