The Barracuda at 21 Scollard Street

beerI heard someone mention The Barracuda on CFNY this morning. In the mid-90s I used to frequent The Barracuda at 21 Scollard Street near Yonge and Bloor, usually on Thursday nights. As I recall, Monday nights were Phoenix nights and Thursday nights were Barracuda nights.

The allure was the fact they sold beer for 98¢ before 10pm. We'd buy a bunch at about 9:45pm and hoard them at our table. On one such toasty Thursday night in 1995, I met my future wife for the first time.

The best part of this story is the fact I actually ended up with her best friend's phone number. A few dates and weeks later, I successfully pulled off "The Switch" in glorious and brilliant Seinfeld fashion, and a few months after that I was married.

The Barracuda closed down in 1996, no doubt a result of those 98¢ beer nights, but it will forever be a part of my personal history. What would my life be like today without the 'Cuda?


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Jason Meltzer Patterson

ugggggggggggggggg

i IMPLORE you not to refer to that shit as CFNY.

September 19, 2007 @ 3:09 PM

Toronto Mike

JMP, it's still CFNY, even if the spirit is gone.

And E! will always be CHCH to me...

And that Channel A thing? That's my good buddy CKVR...

September 19, 2007 @ 3:12 PM

Peter Nairn

I also have fond memories of the 'Cuda. Before my wife and I 'officially' began dating, we went there with a few friends. As often is the case, we all were separated and she I ended up at the same bar at the back of the club. It was incredibly hot in there that night and we both we're sipping on some nice cool water, when suddenly she spits some in my face. Being the gentlemen that I am, I in turn spit some in her face. From that moment I knew I had to marry this girl. We've been married 11 years, and she still spits water in my face.

I also wanted to ask if you knew how to get a hold of an unreleased Hip song. I hear on the local London radio station each Sunday on their 'Acoustic Lunch' - can't quite remember the name, but something like "Get Back Again"...any thoughts?

September 25, 2007 @ 12:14 PM

Toronto Mike

It's funny we've both been married 11 years and we both met our wives at the 'Cuda.

Yes, "Get Back Again", recorded in Kingston back in '95. According to A Museum After Dark's Unreleased Songs Information Page . . . written by Gord Sinclair and played in 1990. Recorded for Road Apples but never released. Last played in 1995.

Lyrics:
What's the deal with your dad?
He don't even know my name
Didn't know he'd be back
Didn't know we'd been bad
No one stayed to share the blame

I didn't mean to do that
She won't even come around
Everytime I look back
Didn't realize that
I was better off then now

Mother's came and cried for Abel (Mother's came and cried for Abel)
Brother Cain survived the century's end (Brother Cain survived the century's end)
All the time that I thought was my friend (All the time that I thought was my friend)
Be all right till we get back again

Heaven knows you are right (They won't never drag you down)
They won't never drag you down (There aint time to lose sight)
There aint time to lose sight
Getting lost in the light (Getting lost in the light)
Is more than never being found (Is more than never being found)

Mother's came and cried for Abel (Mother's came and cried for Abel)
Brother Cain survived the century's end (Brother Cain survived the century's end)
All the time that I thought was my friend (All the time that I thought was my friend)
Be all right till we get back again

We never could go back (And I could never leave my home)
And I could never leave my home (Why'd they change your face like that?)
Why'd they change your face like that?
If I'd never seen you (If I'd never seen you)
I could always dream (I could always dream)
That I'd be better off alone (That I'd be better off alone)

Mother's came and cried for Abel (Mother's came and cried for Abel)
Brother Cain survived the century's end (Brother Cain survived the century's end)
All the time that I thought was my friend (All the time that I thought was my friend)
Be all right till we get back again

Be all right till we get back again
Be all right till we get back again

There's an MP3 floating around somewhere, but I'm afraid I don't have it.

September 25, 2007 @ 12:35 PM

Peter Nairn

For you, my friend, I stumbled on this after I wrote the post...
http://www.scottitude.net/everyirrelevance/2006/03/get_back_again_.html

September 25, 2007 @ 2:13 PM

Toronto Mike

You're a good man Charlie Brown.

September 25, 2007 @ 3:49 PM

steve s

i was the g.m. at the cuda and i have some good and bad memories of those 98cent beer thursdays and of dealing with you guys....

November 29, 2007 @ 6:30 PM

rusty

does anyone remember the name of the club that was directly across the street from the Barracuda? it used to be called Scorpio, but it was something else before that.

August 12, 2009 @ 11:02 AM

DJ XTC

I was researching all the venues that I spun music at over the years and stumbled across this blog. I have to say to coin a phrase "it was the best of times ,it was the worst of times"

May 12, 2011 @ 3:26 AM

steph

Who was the radio who was there on Thurs and Fri? Its driving me around the bend that I can't remember!

November 2, 2012 @ 6:52 PM

Nathaneil

I used to work there as a bartender for a few years. The shit we used to do there was epic! I cant tell you the number of chicks I banged while I was there. When Joe Carter hit the homerun for the world series the place went crazy and a chick was doing lines off my inner thigh and blowing me behind the bar. It was fuckin awesome, and also the staff were horny dogs It was like studio 54 north except ugly people were allowed in too but who cares they should be given equal rights.

There were a few fights there that i jumped into and we used to beat the shit out of people. I remember when we started serving that MAX XXX 7% beer, people were puking thier guts out and one time we found a guy passed out in his own puke after close, so we wheeled him on a cart into the parking lot and left him, we came out 1hr later he was sleeping but covered in snow hahahah, he was ok we poured water on him and put him in a cab he smelled like death. I could go on for hours but lets just say we fucking rocked toronto, drank doubles and fucked' em 2 at a time

March 25, 2013 @ 12:10 PM

Gmac

I still have my Barracuda work t-shirt that I wear in the Summer. That place closed down because it was mismanaged by the Owners, not by the price of the Draft.

June 16, 2013 @ 11:15 PM

Mario

I used to work there and I remember one time we kicked a douchbag out and he climbed on the roof and unloaded a bottle of pepper spray into the air intake system. 1300 people had to be evacuated and many were crying with and all that. Anyways that fucker couldnt get off the roof so we went up there and beat the shit out of him where nobody could see. As I was booting him in the face I couldnt help but respect that little fucker for having the guts to do what he did.
Then I went home and banged yet another slutty customer who was pie-eyed on cheap beer and coke. Fucking great life it was.

January 31, 2019 @ 3:46 PM

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