Facing Queen Street on the main floor of the Gladstone, the Melody Bar has been a local haunt since the hotel was built in 1889. While a lot has changed over the years, there are a few things that have stayed the same, including restored 1889 Victorian Fresco pillars, a 1940s vintage bar and one of the city’s longest running karaoke nights. Recently named one of the top 5 oldest and most historic bars in the city (thanks BlogTO!), the Melody Bar the perfect spot to get a feel for Queen West’s neighbourhood history alongside today’s arts & music scene.
Take a look at this retrospective of what the Melody Bar has looked like over the ages, and come visit us in 2019 for Music Bingo, RuPaul’s Drag Race, and Karaoke!
The oldest photo we have of the Melody Bar, from approximately 1910:
A classic karaoke night:
Melody Bar Pre 2004 Renovation:Photo (above) by Pam Gawn
Post 2004 renovation looks:
Coeur de Pirate performing on May 6, 2010: Another new look, circa the early 2010s:
And finally, the Melody Bar in 2019: