A trendsetting bar in Toronto has its very own radio station: Pacific Junction Hotel.

Toronto is a city that is home to a very distinctive creative class, with neighbourhoods dedicated to art, design and fashion. Yet creativity pervades at an even more localised level than that, with concept spaces and quirky touches found in nooks and crannies across the city. Pacific Junction Hotel embodies the creative vibe of the city and there’s nowhere else like it in Toronto.

Pacific Junction Hotel © Sasha Arms

Pacific Junction Hotel © Sasha Arms

First and foremost, Pacific Junction Hotel is a drinking hole. Filled with upcycled , mismatched furniture and a cacophony of random adornments, the bar is clearly designed for fun-loving hipsters. One seat is made from a refurbished bath, while a row of seats near the bar have name tags of celebrities with connections to Toronto, such as Janis Joplin.

Janis Joplin, Pacific Junction Hotel © Sasha Arms

Janis Joplin, Pacific Junction Hotel © Sasha Arms

Some tucked away booths with TVs are ideal for groups of friends who want to drink or watch the game. That said, some graffiti hints at a little too much fun and complicated relationships: “Kait + Annie → and sometimes Jeff.” Make of it what you will.

Complicated relationships at Pacific Junction Hotel © Sasha Arms

Complicated relationships at Pacific Junction Hotel © Sasha Arms

There’s also a colourfully decked outdoor patio with more TV screens; ideal for balmy evenings with a tropical vibe. Embodying Canadian spirit inside is an ice hockey table, although this one is made of real ice.

As well as drinking and general merriment, Pacific Junction Hotel is known for its selection of finger food. Poutine Spring Rolls are a Canadian-Asian food hack where fries, cheddar and cheese curds are stuffed inside spring rolls and served with gravy. This is surely an ideal choice that goes hand-in-hand with the boozing munchies. A lighter option is to go with a selection of tacos, with fillings from Cajun fish or quinoa to alligator.

The atmosphere at Pacific Junction Hotel is relaxed and fun-loving; seeing where the evening takes you is the name of the game. It’s made exponentially cooler by the fact Girth Radio is located in a glass booth in the bar. Girth Radio hosts dozens of shows every week and it’s a platform that celebrates Toronto’s creative community, both in its hosts and in the artists it showcases in its broadcasts. Weaving together hospitality services that make up a city’s fabric, with this inherent creativity, is something many cities could learn more from.

Girth Radio at Pacific Junction Hotel © Girth Radio

Girth Radio at Pacific Junction Hotel © Girth Radio

Pacific Junction Hotel is the kind of place creative nomads know would be their local if they lived in Toronto. But there’s no reason why it can’t be your local for as long as you’re visiting the city. It’s where friends are made and Toronto ties become stronger.

Websites: Pacific Junction Hotel and Girth Radio

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