Eats & Laughs: Spirits Bar & Grill

Photo by Chris DePaul

Photo by Chris DePaul

Eats & Laughs showcases the best restaurants, bars, and some local fast food serving great meals and drinks near Toronto's best comedy venues. Curated by Mike Christie, you can listen to Mike talk food, comedy, and Toronto on our podcast Back of the House.

Spirits Bar & Grill
642 Church Street

Spirits Bar & Grill on Church St. claims to have the longest open mic comedy night in Canada and it happens every Wednesday. If you are feeling a little peckish before or after the show, consider these dining options.


Spirits has a wide selection of food options, from nachos and wings to goat cheese pizza to steak & mushroom pie. Their Wednesday night (a.k.a. open mic night) drink special is cheap wine and beer! [Learn more]

519 Church Street

Fabarnak is a social enterprise initiative of The 519 Church Street Community Centre. They provide a structured training environment that helps people with employment barriers to gain work experience under the guidance of a professional team of chefs and front-of-house staff.  Upon Fabarnak opening, original chef Eric Wood got a lot of love in the Toronto food press for his food but also the format of bento box inspired lunches and his honest approach to cooking. He has since left for other things but recent reviews show things are still solid. No liquor license and weird hours so check the website. [Learn More]

398 Church Street

Guu is a great izakaya (Japanese pub) that is all about warm welcomes, loud communal eating, and undeniable Japanese bar food that directly translates to a need for a simple cold beer. Good bets are the grilled saba, okonomiyaki, takoyaki, karaage and kimchi udon noodles. Mostly no reservations but they recently allowed for more reserved seating throughout the week, which makes sense given the very competition they inspired around Toronto is quickly gaining ground.  [Learn more]

587 Yonge Street

Easily arguably the best beer selection in Toronto, rotating drafts and casks, special taps hosted by various microbrewers, and great bar snacks. Charcuterie, sandwiches, decent cheese selection. This place is one of the few saviours of midtown. [Learn More]

Want to cook before the show instead? Check out a few of Mike's recipes on Back of the House.