If you need an escape from the stress of the daily grind, call up your friends for a rendezvous at the Communist’s Daughter, a laid-back hangout and one of the city’s best-kept secrets. The fun begins before you even get there, because you have to find it first. This tiny bar on the corner of Dundas Street West and Ossington Avenue in Toronto is covertly located, but that’s part of its charm. Search the street for the yellow and red Nazare Snack Bar sign, a remnant of the establishment’s previous owners, before you spot the Communist’s Daughter’s hand-scribbled chalkboard sign hanging below. It may take some work to find this hidden gem, but you’ll be handsomely rewarded with an atmosphere reminiscent of a bygone era when bartenders were therapists and patrons swooned to eclectic jukebox tunes and vinyl records.
Step inside with your crew and breathe easy as you sit back with a beer in your hand. Inspired by the song of the same name by Neutral Milk Hotel, this cozy haunt’s vintage vibes will take you back to a 1950s-era working-class diner. In the gentle glow of the dim lights, sip your suds and survey the retro artwork, red vinyl-covered bar stools, and mismatched chairs that give the Communist’s Daughter its distinct, intimate character.
There’s no rushing here, so enjoy another round, make a jukebox selection and, while you wait for your favorite tune, pair your drink with snacks from this joint’s signature menu. Can’t decide between the beer cheese sandwich, olive plate, and its famous pickled eggs? Order all of them together and share them with the table — because that’s what friends do.
On weeknights, you’ll quickly see why this hole in the wall is a cool and hip spot for winding down. Return on the weekend to be treated to the musical talents of a local band in the early evening. Even from your seat, you’ll be bobbing your head and tapping your toes to the jazzy guitar rhythms as your worries melt away.
Here, it’s all about the people, music, and drinks. So leave your troubles at the door, order a few pints, and soak up the atmosphere.