There’s something nostalgic about walking up to a jukebox, flipping through records and being in control of what an entire bar gets to hear. Sometimes the selection is great, sometimes it’s funny, and other times it’s just strange. Here’s where to go if you’re looking to jive with a j-box.
Sweaty Betty’s | Queen & Ossington
Nestled on the corner of Queen and Ossington is a little slice of hipster paradise. A quirky little watering hole with a no nonsense attitude and jukebox that will have you at the very least bobbing your head. If you can’t find something you like on this thing, you need to evolve your musical taste.
The Communist’s Daughter | Dundas & Ossington
The Communist’s Daughter takes it’s jukebox very seriously. If you frequent this bar, you’ll quickly notice that they’re constantly adding new records to box. From The Who to Lana Del Rey, and everything in between. There is one album that you will always find inside the glass through, Netural Milk Hotel’s In the Aeroplane Over The Sea. Why? Because the bar is named after the album’s 7th track “Communist Daughter”; this is a must hit Juke Box bar.
Black Dice | Dundas & Dufferin
This retro dive will make you feel like you’re right back in the 50s or 60s, aside from the fact that you’ll be on your iPhone all night. If you’re looking for a jukebox with some new tunes on it, this isn’t your spot. This music trap only spins old 45s which adds to the old timey experience.
Disgraceland | Bloor & Dovercourt
Primarily known for their delicious pub fare kind of menu and a solid brunch, Disgraceland also has a juke box with over 1000 songs on it. So throw on a song, grab a free deck of cards from the bartender or maybe play some pool and let loose.
Imperial Pub | Dundas & Bond
This establishment has been a staple in the city since 1944. You grandparents drank here, your parents drank here and now they’ve passed the torch to you. Not much has changed (except things that legally had to) including the Jukebox. Hope you like jazz, because they celebrate 70 years of it on their ‘JB’.
Motel | Queen & Dufferin
Motel is quietly one of the coolest bars in Parkdale. Their aesthetic is dark, kind of quiet with no desire to gussy things up. The place is primarily lit from the glowing jukebox which contains most of the good stuff that happened in the 80s and 90s. If you’re looking to woo a first date, this might not be a bad place to go.
(Main photo by Bob Prosser via Flickr)