Stones Place: Legendary Toronto Bar Set to Close After 20 Years
Stepping inside Stones Place isn't like going to other bars in the city. When you head inside the legendary Toronto bar, you're instantly transported back to the mid 1970s when The Rolling Stones were at the height of their career releasing albums like Exile On Main St. or Some Girls.
The entire bar is not only a throwback to the greatest decades in music, but everything about the bar lives and breathes The Rolling Stones. Owner Jerry Stone displays his love for the British rock band by gracing his walls with incredible memorabilia including gold records, guitars played by members of the band and personalized photos of himself with the likes of Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood.
Rumour has it, the relationship between Jerry Stone and the band goes back decades, with stories alluding to actual members of the band staying in the apartments located over the bar when visiting Toronto. The Rolling Stones have a long history with the city and have graced fans with secret club shows, charity gigs and continued appearances at the city's best venues when going on tour.
While some may see Stones Place as another bar shutting it's doors because of the global coronavirus pandemic, frequent visitors of the local establishment know just how sad today really is.
Stones Place was one of the few bars in Toronto you could dance the night away to music that included the Bee Gees, Fleetwood Mac or (you guessed it) The Rolling Stones. When dancing to "Bohemian Rhapsody" or "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!" got too exhausting, a break in one of the velour covered booths made everyone feel like a rockstar. Trips to the bathroom took twice as long, because music fans could spend hours in the hallway reading vintage newspaper clippings about what the Stones were up to during any given year.
Toronto must now say goodbye to one of the best bars around and also to one of the best Rolling Stones memorabilia collections in the city. Stones Place was a music lovers paradise and now millennials convinced they were born in the wrong generation will have to find somewhere new to get that satisfaction.
Hey Siri, play "Miss You" by The Rolling Stones.