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Ok, perhaps it’s just me travelling so much, but I love theme bars. When venue owners show their creativity in décor, of course in addition to creativity in food and drink menu, this just gives another reason to go there and be truly entertained. Why not have more fun? Why…

Here is my list:

Pravda Vodka Bar has been around for a few years and was inspired by Red Square in Las Vegas. Their theme is what I call Russian Communistic Eclecticism. You will find lots of red color, some rifles, some matryoshkas and of course Lenin as a part of the décor. All of this creates an atmosphere that simply makes your reach for a vodka shot and some caviar – yes, they have lots of this on the menu. When trying to get in however, make sure you plan ahead of time – I have made two attempts and every time failed due to extremely long lines and both times crossed the street to the next featured bar – Marché

Marché is a whole mini cluster of European food kiosks and stands surrounded by crafty seating area. Walking by some of these kiosks that offer anything from Danish pies, to Italian pizzas to French soups and crepes, will make you feel that you are in Tuscan village market square or Paris busy quarter. For more sophisticated visitors there are a number of sit down restaurants part of the venue. There is Italian, Seafood and French options to satisfy any taste. One of the best theme resto bars in Toronto.

Amsterdam Bicycle Club’s theme is in its name. Creative décor features old fashioned bicycles, stained glass

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chandeliers, and beautiful photos of Amsterdam, its surrounding towns, events and history of bicycles. Bar has opened in July 2010 and is a great fresh spot for stylish drinkers.

Tattoo Rock Parlour is not your ordinary rock club – it is a fancy, polished, theme nightclub featuring beautiful leather seating, gigantic photos of “may be you” and some “Adams Family” styled chairs. The word tattoo in the name actually has a direct meaning – you can get inked here while listening to a live band. Place is very clean and high scale, so don’t be shy bringing your business partner here.

Laide Bar uncovers a theme you would expect in Toronto – sex. To be more precise – getting laid. Theme is supported by very sincere naked body sculptures facing each other that stand so close together that it’s hard to walk by and not get touched by them. Some of the figures are actually touching themselves – ooh, ok I won’t elaborate anymore. Go there, see, experience and enjoy.

Cadillac Lounge has a theme devoted to stylish cars and Elvis. May be it’s because Elvis liked Cadillacs? Hm… who knows. Bar is famous for its patio, cozy interior and size – it’s very big. There is also a big real car hanging over the main entry, so you won’t miss it. This lounge is popular among local crowd of all different calibre – business, friend groups, birthday party celebrators.

If there are bars/pubs/lounges that didn’t make our list, please comment and I will gladly add them. Our criteria for this article were a distinctive narrow theme and creative décor that truly resembles that theme. So something like Irish bar won’t make a list, but something like “Titanic” would.

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For Toronto  folks Horseshoe Tavern does not need introduction. For everyone travelling from far away, Ok… you have an excuse to ask. Horseshoe (est. In 1949) is a popular music venue where for ridiculously low price you can listen to the

UtoldUs Andrew Cole at Horseshoe Tavern

best quality music and meet anyone from your old weirdo neighbour to Paris Hilton (and yes she was there too) disregarding who is playing. This is the place where people come primarily to listen to performing bands as oppose to regular hanging out and drinking. Although drinking at Horseshoe is also wonderful. This tradition emerged through the years, perhaps because people who came in to hang out were so captivated by music on stage that they came out as listeners.

Horseshoe Tavern is known for promoting new talents. We visited a new talent event recently and would like to help the Tavern in this great mission and cover some of the bands in this blog.

Andrew Cole is a Canadian singer and a music songwriter. At the Horseshoe Andrew delivered his incredible talent through songs out of his new album “Why We Wonder”. As far as music identity is concerned, depending on the song, you’d place him anywhere between rock, folk, country and mix of three blended with electric sound. His magnetic voice delivers self written songs that have very deep meaning and capture the audience from the first seconds. Andrew is a rising star, now in a team of a professional manager, without any doubt will soon become a national star and we were very happy to hear his act at the Horseshoe.

UtoldUs Hot White Chocolate Horseshoe Tavern

Hot White Chocolate made their live performance debut at the Horseshoe with several rock songs. Band members B

Smith (lead vocals, guitar), Johnny Bodega (drums, percussion), Paul Joachim (guitars, keyboards) and Myles O’Brien (bass, backing vocals) immediately attracted the audience with very solid and energetic solos. The band’s memorable drums and guitars sounded like the band has been together for much longer than a year (band est. 2009). Don’t be humble Hot White Chocolate –  talent is wings!

The Black Devils Brigade is a Toronto rock and roll band has really raised the audience from their seats. Band members Jimmy,

UtoldUs Black Devils Brigade

Danny, Ted and Erik deliver rock with a unique blues accent, great solo and phenomenal energy. They had fun playing – we had fun drinking and drinking and drinking…

So … next time you go by Queens St & Spadina Ave in Toronto drop in to Horseshoe for a drink and who knows, maybe you will get lucky to get entertained by a great music talent.

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Las Vegas – truly The Meadows of partying, gambling, entertainment, drinking and most importantly for many – of clubbing. Whether you are just out of college or about to celebrate your 60th birthday Las Vegas clubs see no difference. Just walk in to one of the party places and you will see people of all ages and business status. And most clubs certainly have good news for girls – free entry and even free drinks during the happy hour. Bars and lounges in Las Vegas is a whole different topic. With many people coming for business these venue types are most suitable for formal, informal or casual time and money spending. Here are some places that we hit during our business trip:

Centrifuge (MGM Grand Hotel & Casino) – casual social bar that occasionally features dancing barmen. Place is located inside the hotel dividing MGM Grand and West Wing. While sitting inside perfectly round bar you will enjoy view onto the Lion Habitat and MGM’s Casino.

West Wing Bar (MGM Grand Hotel & Casino) – very red inside bar creates atmosphere of surreal and edgy time being where you will quickly forget why you even came there. Bar is great but only one comment – music during the day would be nice too.

Zuri (MGM Grand) is a great place to make a break from gambling and hardcore walking through the strip. While being a bar, this place has few snacks and is of a higher scale than Centrifuge. You will enjoy comfortable seating and walking wait staff.

CentrifugeBrand Lounge (Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino) is a stylish lounge overlooking Monte Carlo’s grand casino. Great place for casual, business and even formal, in Las Vegas terms, gatherings. Also the lounge is highly recommended for pre-party, pre-dinner drinks for only $3 per drink between 5-7 pm. In Las Vegas drinks are averaging $12, so Brand Lounge has certainly won our “favourite drinking hub” vote.

The Pub (Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino) is fun during day and night. It is not uncommon to see live performers at noon in this contemporary and very well designed pub. Very much in Monte Carlo style, beautiful and grand with creative beer barrel wall installation, pub also offers a variety of tasty food, burgers, sandwiches and appetizers.

The Deuce Lounge (Aria Hotel & Casino) is worth visiting as much as this newly built hotel that opened its doors in early 2010. As everything else in this 5 star hotel, Deuce Lounge provides modern, chic and sophisticated feel. With fantastic wood interior you will enjoy both business and casual meeting.

Union (Aria Hotel & Casino) very much like The Deuce Lounge, is a modern high class lounge with sophisticated menu Bar Vdaraand rich design. Spider net wooden panels make a statement and attract crowd to this lounge for a meal, drink or both.

City Bar (Aria Hotel & Casino) is busy day and night guaranteeing you fun drink and relaxation during the hottest Las Vegas day. Although prices may seem a bit high, remember it is a 5 star hotel… you won’t be disappointed by service and atmosphere.

Silk Road (Vdara Hotel & SPA) is a prime spot at the newly opened (2010) hotel Vdara adjacent to now reputable Aria. Its astounding design demonstrates fantasy and talent of the most unconstrained interior artists. Wavy panels and translucent light create a true Las Vegas feel that is worth exploring.

Bar Vdara (Vdara Hotel & SPA) is a busy spot even during the day. You will not be disappointed by modern, plant & aqua inspired design and friendly bar staff. Grab a martini or two in this bar and forget about any troubles. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, remember?

Sensi (Bellagio) is a resto-lounge that has put huge accent on food. Definitely a place to go for a formal dinner or just a good quality dinner. But, please, don’t limit yourself to food only. Wine, martini, cocktails are an absolute must in this fancy spot.

Yellowtail (Bellagio) is a Japanese Lounge for sake lowers. Like anything in Bellagio this place is chic with very good food and Japanese style drinks. If you get seats overlooking the fountain after 10 pm you can also expect unique entertainment of Bellagio Music Fountains show. Instead of standing in the crowd outside why not grab a drink at Yellowtail and enjoy the view in much comfortable way?

Are there any bars that we missed? Which ones are your favourites?

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