Welcome to Part 2 of my 2018 Birthday Weekend series! It wasn’t supposed to turn into a series, but apparently I like to talk a lot, and I have a lot to tell you guys about what we did in the big city! If you missed Part 1, you can read it here before reading Part 2 (I’m not sure if Part 2 will make any sense on its own, haha). Part 1 is the start of our night, while Part 2 is the continuation of that same night, and Part 3 will be what we did in Toronto the next day! If that sounds like something you want to read about, please continue!
Because the servings at our first stop had been so small, and we were still hungry, we opted to head for a restaurant that was very close by (and one which my boyfriend, his best friend, and myself had already been to before and absolutely loved). We headed for 3 Brewers on Adelaide Street, where we ordered some very large beers (1 litre each, to be exact), and some fantastic pub food! We ate to our hearts’ content, and paid less than half of what we spent at the previous location, haha. This experience at 3 Brewers on Adelaide was just as fantastic as our previous one. We loved the music, the atmosphere, the furniture and other decor, the service, the food, and the drinks! We happily paid our bills, definitely in a much better mood after this restaurant, as well as excited and eager to experience more of the city! Temperatures outside had dropped, but we barely noticed as we happily walked to the next destination.
We stepped out of the cold, and into a place called Assembly Chef’s Hall, a location that I had never heard of before. As we walked inside, it first looked like a bar with a very open concept. But as we walked up a short flight of stairs, what opened up before us was something like a food court, but one that serves alcohol and gourmet food. We were all quite amazed that such a thing exists! We found a table and enjoyed some drinks, while sitting under some very interesting chandeliers. I really enjoyed the atmosphere and look of this place as well, but completely forgot to take pictures (sorry)! But you can see photos, and read more about Assembly Chef’s Hall in blogTO’s article here.
We really enjoyed ourselves at Assembly Chef’s Hall, but they were, sadly, closing. So, we bundled back up to face the cold and headed off to the next establishment that would catch our eye. I remember really enjoying the walk through the city, taking in all of the sights and sounds. We also weren’t as cold once we started moving, and before we knew it, we stepped into a place called The Cameron House! I remember seeing the bar first, and then the stage and ceiling. The building is evidently old, and I love that The Cameron House kept these characteristics. There was also some very interesting art on the walls, and I loved the lighting.
The music was also amazing! The only thing I can describe it as is a New Orleans kind of jazz (and it was live too)! I found out today, that the exterior of the building is also covered in art, and that it gets changed every now and again, which I think is cool! It was very crowded in there at the time, and I couldn’t get a good picture of everything, but here is a picture that I think really captures the mood and style of the place. At one point, I had to find a bathroom before setting out for the next place, and that turned into quite an adventure. I went through a curtain, expecting the bathroom to be there, but there was only one for men.
I then realized I was in a whole other room, with another stage, and people were dancing and clinging to each other very … sensually. Then I saw a sign pointing toward where the women’s bathroom would be, and of course I had to make my way through the sensual dancers all by myself. Needless to say, I was touched by quite a few of these people as I made my way to the back of the room … where I was met not by a women’s bathroom, but an “Exit” sign. I figured I’d have to go through another building to get to the women’s bathroom, and tried to get around a man so that I could reach the exit door. He looked at me funny though, and when I told him what I was looking for, pointed behind me … to a door that had been painted the same colour as the wall!
How was I supposed to know there was a magical hidden bathroom there?! Anyway, I went inside, waited my turn, and on my way out … was blocked by two women kissing against the door. By this point I was too frazzled to say anything, so I just stood there patiently and waited. They realized they were blocking my way, and apologized profusely before letting me out. By this point, my sister and my best friend had come looking for me, and later told me that I looked as if I’d “seen some shit,” hahaha. After that, we all re-grouped, and walked to the nearest street car station. The plan was to go to our Airbnb, enjoy some drinks there, and then explore some of the bars near the apartment, but once we got there, us girls were too tired to head out again, so the boys went out without us, haha. Stay tuned to see what we did the next day, in the last portion of this birthday “series.”
ALL PHOTOS WERE TAKEN BY ME EXCEPT FOR THE ONES OTHERWISE-INDICATED! PLEASE ASK ME FOR PERMISSION IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO USE THEM ANYWHERE. THANK YOU FOR READING THIS POST ABOUT MY 2018 BIRTHDAY WEEKEND! HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO TORONTO? OR DO YOU LIVE THERE? AND IF SO, WHAT DID YOU ENJOY DOING THERE MOST? ALSO, WHAT DID YOU DO FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY THIS YEAR (IF IT ALREADY HAPPENED), OR ARE YOU PLANNING ANYTHING INTERESTING (IF IT HASN’T YET HAPPENED)? LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS!