Bill Hicks is the name of the business that’s moving into the little second-storey space once occupied by Swirl, Leslieville’s prettiest, frilliest and most unabashedly twee hangout. Unfortunately, perhaps, for Swirl’s pinot-sipping regulars, the new spot at 946 ½ Queen Street East will be a very different breed of drinking destination. Bill Hicks calls itself a “tiki rock bar,” which apparently means a dive-y den plastered with “a shitload of vinyl” and anchored by a fully fledged indoor tiki bar, complete with $3 Jager shots and a bushy straw roof. According to a contact at the bar, the nightly luaus could begin by the end of the month.
Swirl Wine Bar, the only place in Toronto to sip wine while snacking on Alice in Wonderland jars of paté and pickled eggs, is closing. Owners Sean Baillie and Janean Currie announced the news on the bar’s website earlier this week, leaving customers with this characteristically whimsical nugget of wisdom: “A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is a reality.” Swirl’s reality comes to a close at the end of the month. In the meantime, anyone looking to outfit their apartment with tinkly chandeliers and rickety Singer sewing tables should head to Swirl’s Facebook page, where the bar’s furnishings are being listed for sale. Swirl fans have until June 27 to sneak in one last girls’ night or board-gaming session. [Via The Grid]
Swirl Wine Bar
946 1/2 Queen St. E., 647-351-5453
It’s fitting that the name of Queen East’s best wine bar rhymes with girl—the second-floor nook is done up in black and pink damask and beloved by groups of women spending a night away from husbands and babies and chatting about same. The wines are affordable (most bottles are in the $30 range) and fun, like one sexy syrah described as “George Clooney and Salma Hayek in a glass.” Rich snacks, like the duck and pork rillettes in petite Mason jars, are justifiably popular.
Nutrient-dense, endlessly versatile, yet Platonically simple, eggs are truly one of nature’s perfect foods. While many chefs consign the simple orbs to breakfast servitude, others in Toronto bring them front and centre, whether in traditional dishes or more innovative concoctions. Here, 10 of the city’s most beautiful and delicious egg dishes.