The Top 8 Most Unusual Restaurants/Bars In Toronto
In case McDonalds is getting boring.
1. Chill Ice House (82 Bathurst St. )
Everything inside the Chill Ice House is made of ice—from the cups to the curtains. The temperature is set at -5 degrees Celsius and courtesy parkas and gloves are provided at the door. The lounge also features brilliant ice sculptures and a heated speakeasy in the back complete with hot drinks for those who can't take the cold.
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2. O.Noir (620 Church St.)
Ever wanted to dine in the dark? O.Noir is one of two locations in Canada (the other is in Montreal) where the guest dines in a pitch-black room, served by an entirely blind wait staff. Guests at O.Noir will be able to review the menu before entering a two hour dining experience in the dark that is supposed to heighten the senses, as well as give a new perspective on what it would be like to live with visual impairment.
Photo via O.Noir
3. Signs (558 Yonge St.)
The first hearing-impaired restaurant of its kind in Canada, Signs Restaurant requires you to order your meal in American Sign Language. The staff is deaf, and they require you to communicate with them using the standard ASL. Guests get to use a cheat sheet as well as helpful graphics within the menu to help them order their food and drinks without speaking.
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4. BevLab (35 Mowat Ave.)
Ever wondered what it would be like to drink a cloud? Me neither, but now you can! BevLab isn't exactly a bar; it's an interactive lab where you can go to participate in workshops. Their molecular food innovations include flavour-filled clouds that can be poured and swallowed like any normal drink and flash-frozen liquid nitrogen ice cream created in front of your eyes. For a similar concept more available to the public, BarChef also features molecular cocktails.
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5. The Addisons (456 Wellington St. W)
Don't get invited to house parties because you don't have any friends? No worries. The Addisons Residence is a club downtown that is designed to look like a house—a really, really nice house. To complete the "house party" experience, complementary boxes of pizza are passed around the venue for guests to share and games like Jenga are available to play on the kitchen table. The best part? Cover is free.
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6. Track & Field (860 College St.)
Bowling and axe-throwing bars are SO last year. Lawn games are where it's at these days. Track & Field bar Toronto merges cocktails with bocce and shuffleboard. You can walk-in or reserve a lane online. The bar also features fun drinks such as the "Versace Versace Versace" ($12), which is served on a fake $100 bill.
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7. Yasu (81 Harbord St.)
This restaurant is reservation-only and only has one table. (Entire restaurant pictured below.) That's right, if you want to eat at Yasu omakase sushi bar you must reserve one of the 12 seats available. And if you show up early they will make you wait outside. Their menu is simple, just like their decor: fresh fish sliced right in front of you and served on top of warm, loose rice with a touch of soy. At $80-a-person, this restaurant is a pricey choice for the sushi connoisseur.
Photo via Yasu
8. Mysteriously Yours (2026 Yonge St.)
If you're a fan of comedy, murder mysteries and/or dinner theatre, this one's for you. This dinner theatre has been around since the 80s' and has concocted over 50 original mysteries. The dining room full of audience members is the set and the performance is interactive. At the end, the audience gets to guess who the murderer is, and prizes are given out.
Photo via @mysteriouslyyoursto