I wasn't the only one. The Red Room is frequented by UofT grad students and is all about pitchers of beer and conversation. People eat there, but the food is nothing special. Some might say terrible (and have). And let's face it: it's not the cleanest place ever. Sticking to booze is smart, I think. Fries and that sort of snack are okay too, but the food is all over the place is terms of quality.
I love going there and snuggling into one of the couchy back areas with a chatty group of friends. Downsides include the fact that the music, while often very good, is sometimes way too loud and I have, on occasion, been overcharged when with a big group.
They play whole albums, which is fun for music lovers. I've been there for full rap tracks juxtaposed with Tegan and Sara. It's eclectic, but I like it. Also it's comforting to have a place that stays the same, from the worn upholstery to the slightly grumpy beefcake bartender/server with the army cap.
Be warned that the bathrooms are often is bad shape, but the graffiti down there is wonderful. Look for "Frodo Lives!" in the ladies stall on the right.
The Red Room
444 Spadina Ave
Toronto, ON M5T 2G8
* Photo by G Schouten de Jel from Stock Xchng.