another dark, sketchy kind of place that is a blast to hang out at
Decades of Dedication to a Friendly Drink
The Black Swan Tavern occupies what was once the Commerce Hotel, an important landmark in Toronto culture. In the 40s and 50s in Toronto the Good, the ground level tavern in the hotel was one of the few places where it was possible to down a pint of beer or a highball. Vestiges from the olden days still exist, in particular a raised dais in the... more
Good bar. Moderately friendly bartender. Owner switched to the game when we asked very easygoing.
No kitchen so no food.
A few yum yums asking asinine drunken questions. But nothing serious. It's Sunday night at a bar after holidays. Pretty standard fare.
Don't judge a book by it's cover. Even though the swan is a bit of an ugly duckling to look at, it more then makes up for it when you give it a chance.
I frequent the swan often enough to have most of the bartenders know what I drink without me having to tell them, so I can personally attest to the fact that not all of their regulars are "gap toothed hicks" (Ok, so I have a gap in my teeth but... more
Been here way too many times over the years.
Unfortunately it doesn't live up to it's reputation of past years.
Rarely has any good bands anymore.
Staff can be moody and sometimes unfriendly.
Only thing going for it these days is after having to renovate the upstairs due to the roof caving in it has some good looks and pretty comfy chairs.
Odds are you'll find better entertainment across... more