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RED Nightclub / Dance Club

135 Liberty St. 416.588.2888 Website
RED Nightclub

RED Nightclub is a new club featuring house music and EDM. Located in Liberty Village, this club boasts state-of-the-art lighting and an incredible sound system. I visited RED late one...


Wayward / Dance Club

1096 Queen St. West 416.551.4692 Website
Wayward

Wayward is a nightclub located in West Queen West, in the space above The Good Son. Wayward opened in November 2014 and boasts free cover every night as well as...


Madison Avenue Pub / Pub

14 Madison Avenue 416.927.1722 Website
Madison Avenue Pub

The Madison Avenue Pub is a mega-pub located in the Annex. Famous in Toronto for its party-hard attitude and university crowd, the Madison (as it's generally known) has specials every...


Bathurst Local 322 / Bar

322 Bathurst St. Website
Bathurst Local 322

Bathurst Local 322 is the sweetest little bar on Bathurst. Set to be the neighbourhood local, the spot - formerly a private residence - underwent months of construction to prepare...



Bad Dog Comedy Theatre / Comedy Club

875 Bloor St. West 416.491.3115 Website
Bad Dog Comedy Theatre

Bad Dog Comedy Theatre is the product of the Bad Dog Theatre Company, an award-winning Toronto theatre company that is home to Toronto's longest running improv show, Theatresports, and professional-level...


BarChef / Bar

472 Queen St. W. 416.868.4800 Website
BarChef

BarChef, open now for five years, has acted as a pioneer for the Toronto cocktail renaissance. Prior to Frankie Solarik and Brent VanderVeen pairing together to open their molecular mixology...


The Feathers Pub / Pub

962 Kingston Road 416.694.0443 Website
The Feathers Pub

The Feathers Pub has been the local watering hole for British expats and Britophiles in the Upper Beaches community since 1981, and its patrons just can't seem to get enough...


Wise Bar / Bar

1007 Bloor St. W 416.519.3139 Website
Wise Bar

Wise Bar is a haven for lovers of craft beer located along Bloor St. W. just west of Dovercourt Rd. I go to visit late on a Thursday night earlier...



Bill Hicks Bar / Bar

946 Queen St. East Website
Bill Hicks Bar

Bill Hicks Bar is a new rock-meets-dive-meets-tiki bar (basically, the bar version of a hypothetical love child between Dave Grohl, Gary Busey, and Matthew McConaughey in his bongo phase). Posthumously...


Gilt / Dance Club

31 Mercer St. 416.979.0131 Website
Gilt

Gilt opened over the summer in the Entertainment District. Boasting bottle service and themed nights, the nightclub bills itself as Toronto's hottest patio. I visited Gilt on a Thursday evening in...


Penny's Bar / Bar

1306 Bloor St. West 647.350.2337 Website
Penny's Bar

Penny's is one of the latest bars dotting the molting retail landscape of Bloordale Village. Located at Bloor and Lansdowne, the bar opened its doors earlier this year in a...


Junction City Music Hall / Live Music

2907 Dundas St. West Website
Junction City Music Hall

Junction City Music Hall has been described as a place where you feel like you're part of a secret club that only the cool kids know about. This inconspicuous underground...



The Well / Bar

121 Ossington Avenue Website
The Well

The Well landed itself a coveted spot on Lower Ossington this past spring, taking over from the short-lived pasta place just down from Golden Turtle. Billed as a cafe and...


Rush Lane / Bar

563 Queen St. West 416.551.7540 Website
Rush Lane

Rush Lane, Queen West's new cocktail-focused nightspot, opened this summer to no small amount of buzz. Featuring a team of multiple owner-bartenders, the place appears ready to make a real...


Linwood Essentials / Bar

930 Queen St. West 647.828.9663 Website
Linwood Essentials

Linwood Essentials is located at Queen and Shaw, in the former home of celebrated noodle house A-OK Foods, a space long eyed by any number of savvy restaurateurs who might...


The Cavern Bar / Bar

76 Church St. 416.971.4440 Website
The Cavern Bar

The Cavern Bar is a newly renovated bar located on the lower level of the Hostelling International Toronto hostel. Open seven nights a week, The Cavern hosts fun activities like...



The Calvin Bar / Bar

325 Bay St. 416.637.5555 Website
The Calvin Bar

The Calvin Bar represents something of a rebirth for the Trump Hotel here in Toronto. Helmed by an INK/O&B partnership, the stuffy Stock has become the America restaurant, while downstairs...


120 Diner / Live Music

120 Church St. 416.792.7725 Website
120 Diner

120 Diner, the casual downstairs sister to Church Street mainstay Club 120, hopes to add a new dimension to owners Mandy Goodhandy and Todd Klinck's party destination. Once the pair...


The Gaslight / Bar

1426 Bloor St. West 647.402.9728 Website
The Gaslight

Stepping into The Gaslight is something of a relief. The sparsely populated area around Bloor and Symington feels a far cry from the relatively bustling Bloor and Lansdowne neighbourhood. The...


Studio Bar / Bar

824 Dundas St. West 416.815.7823
Studio Bar

Studio Bar is the latest multiuse venue to open on Dundas West, after a long struggle. That must be a relief to owners Sebastian Lye, Alex Ottens and Mike Bodor,...



The Rum Exchange / Lounge

67 Richmond St. W 416.941.0000 Website
The Rum Exchange

The Rum Exchange aspires to be Toronto's No. 1 destination for the Caribbean's ubiquitous spirit. With over 55 varieties available, and owner Rumen Dimitrov ('Toronto's Rum Ambassador') on hand to...


Jam Factory / Live Music

2 Matilda St. Website
Jam Factory

Jam Factory is the perfect target for some half-assed puns, but I'll restrain myself. The building was, in fact, originally a late 19th-century jam plant known as Sherriff Jam Factory....


ACE Nightclub / Dance Club

425 Adelaide St. W 416.504.1444 Website
ACE Nightclub

ACE is a new nightclub that touts itself as an elite place to play. Opened in the old Footwork space on Adelaide, a whole different vibe is cultivated. I visited...


DW Alexander / Lounge

19 Church St. 416.364.8368 Website
DW Alexander

DW Alexander is a new cocktail lounge located near Church and Front where the Foundation Room used to be. With highbrow drinks and highly delicious bar snacks, DW Alexander bills...



Smiling Buddha / Live Music

961 College Street 416.788.7586 Website
Smiling Buddha

Smiling Buddha has long been known as an on-and-off hub for emerging Toronto indie rock bands as well as a prototypical dive bar that resisted gentrification. But as of this...


Coda / Dance Club

794 Bathurst St. 416.536.0346 Website
Coda

Coda is the spiritual successor to the much loved Footwork, one of Toronto's most best-known dance clubs to cater to a demanding, techno loving audience. But with the steady dismantling...


El Caballito / Bar

220 King St. W 416.628.9838 Website
El Caballito

El Caballito opened earlier this month at King and Duncan. Offering a range of tequilas (and related cocktails), as well as bar snacks like tacos with scratch-made tortillas, the aim...


La Porte / Bar

214 Ossington Ave 416.688.2481 Website
La Porte

La Porte is a new bar at Dundas and Ossington. Just a few months old, it's already known for hosting themed nights, impressive DJs and drinks specials. I visited La Porte...



The Midpoint / Bar

1180 Queen Street West 416.272.2450
The Midpoint

The Midpoint on West Queen West has been kicking around for at least five years, having several incarnations as pizza parlour, bar and club. Seems like it's finally settled into...


Ryze / Dance Club

423 College St. 416.868.0303 Website
Ryze

Ryze is a new nightclub located at College and Bathurst where Moskito used to be. Ryze often hosts special parties and guest DJs such as Hernan Cattaneo and Butch. For...


Pact Bar / Bar

768 Dundas St. West 647.240.0738 Website
Pact Bar

Pact Bar opened at the end of November at the corner of Dundas and Markham. It's tucked away from the main street behind an Ali Baba's. It joins a neighbourhood...


Rock 'n' Horse Saloon / Bar

250 Adelaide St. W 647.344.1234 Website
Rock 'n' Horse Saloon

The Rock 'n' Horse Saloon opens today in the former London Tap House site on Adelaide St. West. Going head to head with Boots & Bourbon in the east end...



Seventeen Eighteen / Bar

1718 Queen St. W 416.588.7529 Website
Seventeen Eighteen

Seventeen Eighteen is the product of former Go Lounge owners Samantha Lerner and Alisa Sadler and Black Pug DMK owner and designer Daisuke Ito. They've transformed the old board game...


The Dock Ellis / Pub

1280 Dundas St. W 416.792.8472 Website
The Dock Ellis

The Dock Ellis launched this week at Dundas and Dovercourt, in a neighbourhood already populated with an abundance of watering holes. Amidst a glut of hip joints full of craft...


Hi-Lo Bar / Bar

753 Queen St. E 416.551.3459 Website
Hi-Lo Bar

Hi-Lo Bar is a new bar in Riverside in the space that PicNic at Home used to occupy. As of late, when I go out on the town, I sometimes...


WAbar / Pub

3 Isabella St. 647.352.3351 Website
WAbar

WAbar is a hidden gem occupying an unassuming storefront on Isabella at Yonge that dubs itself an Asian sports bar. Owners Gen Shimanuki, Jonathon Ho and Michael Buenaventura are a...



The Rockpile East / Live Music

2787 Eglinton Ave. E 647.748.7625 Website
The Rockpile East

The Rockpile East is situated in Scarborough at Eglinton Ave E and Danforth Rd. Housed in the same building as the Eglinton Inn and conveniently (landmark-wise) next door to Caddy's...


Round / Bar

152 Augusta Ave. 416.451.6346 Website
Round

Round is a new space in Kensington Market that hosts a variety of events and themed nights and also operates as a restaurant during dinner hours. It takes over for...


Gravity Soundbar / Dance Club

296 Richmond St W 416.977.8900 Website
Gravity Soundbar

Gravity Soundbar is a nightclub located in the Entertainment District. It hosts themed events most nights, such as Wayback Wednesday and She Likes It Saturdays (a vast improvement over He...


EFS Nightclub / Dance Club

647 King St. West 416.477.5460 Website
EFS Nightclub

EFS is a new nightclub underneath the identically-named rooftop patio on King West. I visited EFS (the nightclub) late on a Wednesday evening. Though I've been to EFS (the rooftop...



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  • RED Nightclub This article made me want to check it out. I'm not sure how it's in any way terrible?
  • RED Nightclub Kayla, your comment is eloquent and makes several valid points. How would you like to write club reviews for BlogTO?
  • RED Nightclub what a stupid article . Puts everything into a bad perspective . Maybe if you'd write something proper you actually have to go more than one time to give a...
  • RED Nightclub what a stupid article . Puts everything into a bad perspective . Maybe if you'd write something proper you actually have to go more than one time to give a...
  • El Convento Rico Does any one have pics or video they can share with me from Sat Dec 20th 2014 at El Convento Rico near the end of the night on the Dance...
  • Wayward $20 cover at this place now
  • The Peacok This article is a joke, the Peacok is my absolute favourite bar in Toronto. The "rude staff" they are referring to, are farthest thing from rude...I now consider them...
  • Gravity Soundbar I'm 16 me and my friends know a bouncer that get us in. Such easy access to a 19+ club!
  • Gravity Soundbar Worst club I've ever been to. Dirty. People are rude. Underage girls in there and bouncers start fights with random people. Wouldn't recommend it to anyone or go there if...
  • The Peacok I've always loved the Peacock! And the owners used to run the Underground. I highly recommend it!
  • The Peacok This is the worst article I have ever read. The Peacok is amazing! I have had some of the best times here and the bar staff is amazing!! You can...
  • Bill Hicks Bar Good stuff. Key West with 3' of snowcaine!!
  • Wayward I frequent a lot of venues and parties in Toronto, and I have been here a few times now. I love the fact that it's so different from the King...
  • Wayward I usually really enjoy Martha's reviews, but this one wasn't up to her usual standard. Maybe it's because this place just sounds so terrible.
  • BMB Karaoke Went there and apparently tried to have fun and spend some money while doing it....they barely spoke english so they didn't understand anything....they apparently don't serve liquor on Sundays? ???...
  • Wayward Anyone know a place like this playing 60s 70s 80s rock? I'd love to break it down to some Bowie
  • Junction City Music Hall folks should note, this place has like bunker-esque walls and you will not get any cell service once down the stairs. If you are waiting for friends to text you...
  • Madison Avenue Pub Yes the Maddie is a student bar, but I expect that when I go. Prices are decent, the pre-11 atmosphere is relaxed, and they have a great deck. Again, go...
  • Madison Avenue Pub "the Madison (as it's generally known)" Really? I'd say it's generally known as the Maddy.
  • Madison Avenue Pub Damning with faint praise? Two people kissed on the lips? Beer decor? Huh.
  • Madison Avenue Pub accurate! and not once do i fully remember my trip home from the maddie
  • Madison Avenue Pub Kissed on the lips? No kidding? Wild!
  • Madison Avenue Pub Actually the common nickname is "the Maddy." Much as The Brunswick House is known as "the Brunny"
  • Madison Avenue Pub You're running out of shit to review if you're doing the Maddy. Everybody already knows whether or not this is their scene.
  • Madison Avenue Pub It's been about 10 years since I graduated from U of T (fack, I'm old). Is the Maddy still full of douchebags? I'm recalling images of layered polos with popped...
  • Madison Avenue Pub I've been out of U of T for about 10 years now, but is the Maddy still full of douchebags? I'm recalling images of layered polos with popped collars...
  • Wise Bar How did I not know about this place?! I live right up the street, and am now excited to check it out...And yeah, How about NOT messing with your server/bartender...
  • 2Cats Cocktail Lounge I was having such a great time at the bar until i decided to go out for a smoke. One of the bouncers (the one who wears glasses) comes up...
  • Done Right Inn I went on a first date here with my now girlfriend and love of my life. This bar was amazing for so many reasons. One being able to pay in...
  • The Feathers Pub To (like an occasional dram) I've read both of your comments about beer selection and staff at the Feathers. I have been a patron of the Feathers for years and don't...


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