Beerbistro | Photo Credit: Yvonne Yeung / The Arts Scene

Saturday Evening at Beerbistro & the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

There is never a shortage of things to do in Toronto. Being the financial and cultural hub of Canada, free time can be spent exploring and enjoying the city. Most people would opt for a Jays or Maple Leafs’ game on a Saturday, but for those where sports is not their thing, there are still a plethora of other things to do. Personally, I like to slip on a dress, get dolled up, and enjoy a sophisticated evening out on town. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra held their final performance of Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique at Roy Thompson Hall on May 4th, and right before the performance, I made a delicious stop at Beerbistro.

Beerbistro | Photo Credit: Yvonne Yeung / The Arts Scene

Beerbistro lies in the heart of the Financial District just off of Yonge and King. The restaurant is packed with different clientele, from business people to sports fans, and is known for incorporating beer into every single one of their selections. Also a secluded hotspot for many celebrities and local theatre artists, you will never know who will stop by for dinner, especially during TIFF season. Rumor has it, Rachel McAdams likes to frequent the place whenever she is back in Toronto.

No matter what you pick off the menu, it is guaranteed to be a hit! Their most popular menu item is the beer steamed mussel bowl. With eight different delectable flavours, there is something for everyone. My personal favourite is the New England Style Bowl. The rich flavour comes from a mixture of beer, bacon, leeks, potatoes, smoked cheddar, parsley and cream, definitely a reflection of the creamy flavours of New England.

Stéphane Denève

By contrast, it was an exclusive French night with the symphony, including pieces of Debussy and Poulenc, guest conductor Denève and two French pianists: Eric Le Sage and Frank Braley. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra never disappoints and with their amazing selection of performances for very affordable prices (ones that students can afford!) it is a wonderful time to relax and revel in the beautiful sounds of classical instruments. My favourite part of the evening was Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique – honestly, my favourite symphony of all time. Denève did a wonderful job conducting, really emphasizing on the contrasting dynamics and modes of the piece. I definitely hope to see him back to conduct in the very near future. There are never a shortage of performances at the TSO, there is almost one every weekend. Be sure to check out their schedule for upcoming performances (especially their Pops series which included a night of James Bond music earlier in the season.)

There is never enough time to do everything in Toronto, but why not kick back, enjoy a wonderful and sophisticated Saturday evening by visiting the Beerbistro, following up with a performance by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Stéphane Denève Photo – Credit: www.stephanedeneve.com
Other Photos: Credit to Yvonne Yeung

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