Immediately after doing my other live show with Dr. Stone for the Tuque and Beanie, which was a disaster with horrible internets cutting out on my laptop constantly and not on any other devices.
Sadly, my name was not drawn yet all was not lost, enjoyed a couple amazing cocktails with UrbanGuyTO and had a great conversation with Richard Ryder, the host of the afternoon show I listen to on ProudFM.
Richard Ryder is also the personÂ that did the draw, albeit again he drew the wrong name but I guess I can’t expect perfection from everyone all the time!
The service at Reds Midtown Tavern is just absolute shit. This is not the first time UrbanGuyTO had been there and I remember him telling me it was shit.
It seemed they were way understaffed, even though it wasn’t that busy. Or maybe they just had a bunch of staff that didn’t know what was going on.
The bar was seriously understaffed. Â Why would one person be in charge of the bar and be running food out to tables?
She was extremely friendly, warm and funny but we really didn’t get to see much of that personality, which would have enhanced our experience.
I commend her on her courage to work a shift, Pre Pride Brunch in a restaurant next to the Village. Â This could have been a BIGGER nightmare.
The dÃ©cor is fucking amazing, all very industrial and I love that shit. Chandeliers made from iron pipes and Edison bulbs as well as massive light fixtures designed with wine bottles and glasses.
I may be gay but I do need more than a “pretty” light fixture to make for a pleasant experience.
On the way out of the restaurant the hostess wasn’t able to tell if we were coming or going, yet she walked past us sitting at the bar more times than I could count.
However, one cool thing I saw on the way out was the classicÂ cigarette machine. Every restaurant had one of these when I was a kid.
In fact some bars still did by the time I was old enough to go to the bars.
When I was a kid it was fun to pull on the knobs (I know right!?) but Mom would yell at us for touching the machine, even though we didn’t have any clue about the stigma of cigarettes.
On the way home we walked through the village where the Pre Pride Festival was going on.
Will tell you more about that but I added a couple images of the Pop Up Park that TD Canada Trust put up in the middle of the street!
Check out the #squirrelTS in the white polo shirt.
We did more that day but I will save that for the next post!