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His Take: $2.50 Drinks for Thursday Happy Hour at Wide Open

When it comes to hole in the walls, Toronto’s popular after work hangout Wide Open has to be one of my all time favorites. The fact that the place is likely no more than 10 feet wide (HA, THE  NAME IS A JOKE, GET IT?) and people are constantly jostling for position to either sit …

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1. Get here early to grab a table. Wide Open gets VERY busy and there is almost no space to stand. I’m talking 5:05pm early.

2. There isn’t a bad night to visit. However, $2.50 drinks for Happy Hour on Thursday stands out as their best deal.

3. Tons of TV’s for you to watch the game. Grab some pizza from next door and eat it in the bar over a pint (yes, this is allowed).

When it comes to hole in the walls, Toronto’s popular after work hangout Wide Open has to be one of my all time favorites. The fact that the place is likely no more than 10 feet wide (HA, THE  NAME IS A JOKE, GET IT?) and people are constantly jostling for position to either sit down, order a drink, or squeeze their way to the bathroom without spilling their drinks (and the contents of their bladder) all over the floor, would normally make me cringe. However, the atmosphere is laid back, loud, and did I mention that they serve $2.50 drinks for Happy Hour on Thursdays?

Toronto Dive Bar

Source: The Grid TO

Wide Open Drinks

Source: WideOpenBar.ca

Yes, you read that correctly, $2.50 drinks during Happy Hour on Thursday, which lasts from 5-8pm. Smack my ass and call me Jamie that’s a good deal! Or do neither of those things and just head to Wide Open for Happy Hour. If you find yourself sitting around all week waiting for Thursday to come because it’s the only economical night to check this place out, don’t bother. Every night of the week has a drink special at this awesome little dive. Half price and $10 pitchers on Monday, $4.50 pints and mixed drinks on Wednesday… not to mention that each table is candlelit and the bar is frequented by those on first dates, there’s no doubt that it duals as a romantic (and cheap) date spot. I can’t get enough of this place.

Considering the space is incredibly small, there are a surprising number of TV’s dispersed throughout the bar. I absolutely love this, as I can grab my pint for $2.50, watch the game, and drink away my care for the fact that the Leafs are about to blow all of their playoff hopes, yet again. At Wide Open, the music is upbeat and catchy, the drinks are cheap, the crowd is noisy, and I’ve even seen people grab a takeout pizza from around the corner and eat the entire pie in the bar. As self proclaimed on their website, “No one tops this shit in the city – NO ONE.” If you’ve ever been, it’s pretty damn difficult to disagree with that.

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4 comments

  1. Wow – I can’t believe I’ve never heard of this place! Admittedly, I haven’t lived in Toronto for 2 years, but I thought I knew all the super cheap drinks places. I’m definitely checking this out next time I’m in the city. I love that don’t have a problem with bringing in outside food – that’s a properly chill hangout.

    • Hey Jessica, we felt the exact same way when we first stumbled upon this place! I mean, $2.50 drinks… how can you beat that? Would have been coming here every week since we moved to Toronto if we had known right from the start. And agreed, the fact that you can bring outside food to the bar is a nice touch!

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