The Cameron is one of the last great bastions of old-world Queen Street West. It’s easy to find: giant ants crawl over the facade’s psychedelic mural, and an outdoor photo gallery lines the Cameron Avenue side of the building. Inside, under its lofty ceilings, artists, writers and musicians sit hunched over a brew or two (or more). There’s live music every night in the front room, and a larger back room acts as an event space for one-off shows and art and theatre performances. The crowd is completely mixed, with cronies from the great days of Queen Street’s past, and a new generation of Queen West hipsters, who add some of their own flavour to the scene. Besides the music venue and bar, the upstairs hotel still acts as a rooming house and rehearsal space for local musicians.