The Theatre Centre Café/Bar

1115 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M6J 3P4

Phone: (416) 534-7164

Fast approaching its two year birthday, the Theatre Centre Café/Bar has become an integral part of the neighbourhood hub for innovation and culture. The Theatre Centre Café/Bar provides a relaxed atmosphere in which theatre goers and local residents alike can share a meal, a drink, or an idea, all within a creative, and accessible space.

Ramp leading to main entrance

Access to the Theatre Centre Café/Bar is via a long and gently sloped ramp from Queen Street. The front entrance has two sets of double doors with each door measuring 36 inches wide. There is an automatic opener which only opens one door of each set. When we visited late on a Friday afternoon, the vibe was very casual and laid-back with lots of light coming in from the wall of windows and soft music playing in the background. The Theatre Centre Café/Bar is quite an open space with lots of room to move around, and between, the various table and seating options. The floor is relatively smooth unfinished concrete, with only one small mat in front of the theatre ticket window

Table with removable seating

There are several standard height tables (29 inches high) with moveable benches around the periphery of the space, or for those wanting a more communal option, a large central table (30 inches high) with removable seating. Orders are taken at a somewhat high counter but staff are happy to carry your order over to you upon request. The menu is not extensive but offers a well-curated collection of delicious light meal/snack offerings at reasonable prices to go along with their variety of teas, coffee, espresso drinks, and alcoholic beverages.

Toilet with grab bars

There are separate men’s and women’s restrooms, and one single-occupancy accessible washroom. For the single occupancy, the doorway measures 35 inches and opens inward. Upon entering, the interior has adequate turning room and is well lit; however it is worthing noting that there are no automatic features. The toilet has an L-shaped grab-bar on the one side and a horizontal bar at the back. The sink is 31 inches off the finished floor with clear space underneath and a single lever fixture. The automated soap dispenser and paper towels are easily reachable, and there is a change table for those who might need it.

The Theatre Centre Café/Bar can be a bit difficult to get to by transit. It’s about 3 kilometres west of the accessible Osgoode Station; however, the Queen Street streetcars have yet to be upgraded to the new, and accessible, models. Alternatively, the 29 Dufferin bus runs southbound to an accessible stop at King Street. For those preferring to arrive by car, there’s a Green P one block away at 110 Dovercourt Road.

Heading to the Theatre Café/Bar? Be sure to check out their year-round series of hanging installations by local artists, and let us know how your experience was in the comments below!

Authors: Laura Burnett and Rick Berry