This Parkdale live music venue and restaurant is back and better than ever

Parkdale is home to a new/old friendly neighbourhood dive bar, ideal for music lovers looking to cool off with good drinks and some Southern-inspired comfort foods. Housed in the former Gianna’s space, Tenny’s is a landmark live music venue, exuding the homey vibe of a tried-and-true local watering hole, typical of spots in the cool and gritty west Toronto neighbourhood. But, it takes the offerings to the next level by offering some one-of-a-kind experiences.

 “The stage, back patio, floating bar in the centre of the space, the food, the service, the people, take your pick,” says owner Max Rimaldi, an industry veteran with his hands in a ton of Toronto-based ventures including Pizzeria Libretto, Enoteca Sociale, Rosalinda and Bar Isabel. He was also the owner of Tennessee Tavern, which was in the space before Gianna’s moved in. 

“The name Tenny’s is a throwback to Tennessee Tavern. Locals would say ‘meet you at Tenny’s’ and so it stuck.”

Officially opening its doors on June 10, the spot has already hosted a slew of local musicians and cover bands and is looking forward to eventually securing some original bands and even hosting an open mic. Stop by for the live music and stay for the food and drinks, with a menu offering everything from small plates and sandwiches to fully-loaded burgers and desserts. Pub food favourites include nachos, ballpark pretzels, wings and for all the Tennessee Tavern stans: pierogis. 

Tenny’s even has a milkshake machine, but it’s not for whipping up what you think. It’s for blending the frothiest, iciest cocktails. Try the bestselling iced tea or the cucumber smash either as a standalone cocktail or a pitcher to share with a larger group – perfect for the summer season. Are cocktails not your thing? Tenny’s has all your favourite local beers on tap, too. 

Tenny’s on Instagram

The capacity of the space is around 200, with a hideaway back patio, typical of many Parkdale spots so bring all your friends and family and enjoy the comfortable, expansive space with just the right amount of rocker kitsch.

“This is a special project for many of us, as live music took a big hit with COVID. We think it’s time to support them and welcome back musicians and music lovers everywhere.”

Swing by Tenny’s at 1554 Queen Street West to check out the revived space. 

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