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Lodge 559 / Bar

559 College St. 416.640.5536 Website
Lodge 559

Lodge 559 is a new bar located in Little Italy. With groove, funk and hip hop nights most Fridays and Saturdays, Lodge 559 also occasionally holds themed nights, like '90s...


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...


Weldon Park / Bar

569 College St 416.551.7055 Website
Weldon Park

Weldon Park is the newest bar to spring up on College Street. Just like the name suggests, it has a park theme, but unlike any park I've been to before,...


Crews & Tangos / Dance Club

508 Church Street 647.349.7469 Website
Crews & Tangos

Crews & Tangos is where I go when I need to dance my heart out. The club is a nightlife staple in The Village, set up in an old two-storey...



Ballet / Lounge

227A Ossington Avenue 647.352.8253 Website
Ballet

Ballet is an event venue/lounge/nightclub on Ossington located in the space where Jezebel used to be. Like Jezebel, Ballet features burlesque and other types of performance while encouraging patrons to...


Cameron House / Live Music

408 Queen Street West 416.703.0811 Website
Cameron House

The Cameron House is the first bar I ever went to in Toronto. I had just turned 19 and recently reconnected with a cousin of mine who was taking me...


Scout's Honour / Bar

1576 Dundas St. W. 647.748.6627 Website
Scout's Honour

Scout's Honour is like going to summer camp. The smell of fresh pine, stories around the campfire, prepubescent awkwardness...Ok, so there's no fire pit (thanks a lot fire safety laws)...


EFS / Lounge

647 King St W 416.477.5460 Website
EFS

EFS is a new rooftop patio servicing businesspeople and trustfund 20-somethings in the King West area. Inspired by a piece of art, EFS stands for Everything's For Sale , though...



Lucy Brock / Bar

1479 Dundas St W 647.299.6741 Website
Lucy Brock

Lucy Brock is a new bar at Dundas and Dufferin courtesy of Ryan McVittie, the folks behind Parkdale's Motel (Daniel Greaves and Lisa Black) and Elizabeth Davies. A small but...


Muzik Beach / Lounge

5 Saskatchewan Rd 416.595.9998 Website
Muzik Beach

Muzik Beach nightclub is like a caricature of a nightclub. It's like something from the set of a film: everywhere you look, it's protein shake-fuelled bros in too-well-fitting clothes and...


Cabana Pool Bar / Lounge

11 Polson St 416.479.7645 Website
Cabana Pool Bar

Cabana Pool Bar is Toronto's newest hotspot at Polson Pier in the form of a pool-meets-nightclub-meets-restaurant. Brought to you by nightclub bourgeoisie Ink Entertainment, Cabana Pool Bar is a huge...


Studio Event Theatre / Dance Club

333 King St W 416.500.5125 Website
Studio Event Theatre

Studio Event Theatre is a half club, half event venue hybrid (clevenue?) on King West. Directly across the street from Bell Lightbox, Studio already has some upcoming TIFF events in...



Mojo Lounge / Live Music

1305 Dundas St W 416.530.3838 Website
Mojo Lounge

MoJo Lounge is a new place to party on Dundas West. Part venue and part club, this is the first permanent space for event planning company MoJo Toronto. As...


Switch / Lounge

55 Colborne St 416.901.9990 Website
Switch

Switch is a new resto-lounge located at 55 Colborne Street (previous home to The Bowery and Osteria 55). Brought to you by Toronto clublords Hanif Harji and Charles Khabouth, Switch...


Brunswick House / Pub

481 Bloor Street West 416.964.2242 Website
Brunswick House

The Brunswick House requires that you pass through not one but three check points before you find yourself within its hallowed halls. You must first prove your identity; then get...


Cove Thirtyone / Dance Club

31 Mercer St 416.979.0131 Website
Cove Thirtyone

Cove Thirtyone gets me thinking of The Little Mermaid - or at least a song that you're bound to get stuck in your head. "Under the sea, darling it's better, down...



Product Nightclub / Dance Club

364 Richmond St 416.351.1100 Website
Product Nightclub

Product Nightclub is a new addition to the Entertainment District. Owned by Charles Khabouth, the entrepreneur behind the Guvernment, Koolhaus, La Societe, and Weslodge (amongst others), simply having his name...


Montauk / Bar

765 Dundas St W 647.352.4810 Website
Montauk

Montauk opened this week near the slowly blossoming corner of Dundas and Bathurst. Joining illustrious neighbours Bent, Porchetta & Co., L'Ouvrier, and Campagnolo, Dustin Keating's new hangout aims to bring...


The Everleigh / Dance Club

580 King St. West 416.368.0014 Website
The Everleigh

The Everleigh is a brand new club on King West just east of Portland. The Everleigh's Facebook page notes that the Everleigh is a fresh take on Canadian nightlife interpreted...


Media Bar / Dance Club

77 Peter St. 416.260.6111 Website
Media Bar

Media Bar has recently opened in the Club District. As someone who loves both lowbrow media (reading blind items on CDAN) and highbrow media (I follow Ken Jennings on Twitter),...



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