Hotbox Café Overview: (Kensington Market)
204 Augusta Ave.
The Hotbox Café is a Toronto institution, constantly on the leading edge of what you can “legally” get away with. It’s located at 204 Augusta Ave, in the heart of Kensington Market. It is located in the back of Roach-O-Rama head shop, and though you can see it from the head shop it is surprisingly spacious once you’re inside and even larger out on the patio.
Hotbox Café Rules:
There are the usual rules at Hotbox Café such as having to be 19+ to enter and no tobacco smoking inside. Due to new smoking laws they don’t allow smoking tobacco on the patio either. Additionally they only permit vaporizing (dabs, vape pens, herbal vaporizers) indoors, no combustion. Cannabis smoking is allowed outside, with a strict Bring Your Own Pot policy, which is standard at vapour lounges.
Hotbox Café Layout:
The inside section of the Hotbox Café is in the back of Roach-O-Rama. The usual layout has many small tables around by the walls sitting 24, but the layout can be changed if needed. There is also a pool table inside for your enjoyment. The outside consists of a large J shaped patio with ample seating, which can easily fit over 30 people and is great for summer parties and events.
Hotbox Café Conveniences:
Entrance to the Hotbox Café is only $5, which is fairly standard for vapor lounges. There are some nice perks that come with the entrance fee including wifi, board games, Arizer V-Tower Vaporizers and e-nails for all you dab heads out there. They have a pool table inside with each game costing $1, which is unusual for a vapor lounge but entertaining. You can also rent bongs for $5 and you can buy snacks if you don’t feel like venturing out into Kensington Market for food.
Hotbox Café Entertainment:
The Hotbox Café has regular events 5 days a week (Wednesday-Sunday) including movies, comedy and Super Smash Bros. These events are always included in the entrance price and are a great way to meet fellow stoners in the city. They recently advertised on their Instagram that they would be showing the Toronto Blue Jays playoff games but unfortunately with their current audio set up they couldn’t play the audio of the game without also playing it outside the store. They opted to play music instead of the game’s audio, which made it really difficult to pay attention to, since I was well medicated at the time.
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