NileGuide Expert tip:
Get there early as lineups are often long and seating is limited. There is standing room at the bar for latecomers if you don't mind not having a table. It is said a ghost inhabits the top level.
This suitably disreputable-looking rock palace in a former cinema showcases bands with names like Dopamine, Buskerbash, Good Riddance, and Little Bones -- plus some righteous AC/DC tribute bands. Established acts such as Tina Turner, Meatloaf and the Strawbs have also graced the stage. Open nightly, it presents a good mix of classic rock, alt-rock, folk, and house, switching on Sundays to "retro" '80s sounds spun by DJs. Covers vary but generally don't top C$15 (US$15/£7.50), though they may run as high as C$30 (US$30/£15) for bigger acts. Originally it was the Imperial Theatre, established by a member of Drew Barrymore's clan.
- © Frommer's 2013