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Roxy on King / Bar

285 King St. West 416.599.7699 Website
Roxy on King

Roxy on King is the reincarnation of the Roxy Bar. The King West hangout boasts pool tables, ping-pong, and pub food. I visited Roxy on King on a Tuesday night...

Famous Last Words / Bar

392 Pacific Ave 416.792.5200 Website
Famous Last Words

Famous Last Words is a literary-themed bar. When I say literary themed, I don't mean a few cute puns on the menu and a bookshelf: this place is actually pretty...

Laylow / Bar

1144 College St 416.535.5858 Website

Laylow on College is a nice place to slip away for the night. They mostly sling Belgian and German-style beer rather than local offerings do don't go here if you're...

Birreria Volo / Bar

612 College St Website
Birreria Volo

Birreria Volo has risen in the wake of the legendary Bar Volo's closing. Run by the same Morana brothers, Julian and Tomas, this new bar focuses more on barrel-aged and...

Pray Tell / Bar

838 College St. Website
Pray Tell

Pray Tell is a snack bar at College and Ossington that aspires to become as indispensable a part of its neighbourhood as has its sister spot, the much-vaunted Track &...

The Baby G / Live Music

1608 Dundas St W 416.555.5555 Website
The Baby G

The Baby G is owned by Shaun Bowring - the same guy behind The Garrison and former booker at Sneaky Dee's. Smaller than The Garrison, it kind of feels like...

Power Up Game Bar / Bar

38 Wellington Street East 647.404.2937 Website
Power Up Game Bar

Power Up Game Bar is here to literally change the game in terms of how Toronto thinks about socializing, gaming, and drinking, and how they all harmonize together. They boast...

Farside / Bar

600 Gerrard St E 647.347.7433 Website

Farside is an artsy bar in East Chinatown. They serve elegant but simple cocktails as well as three-dollar Jameson, plain old mixed drinks, and great draft beer in a hip...

Candyland / Lounge

619 King St. West 647.347.6400 Website

Candyland is a burlesque bar-meets-supper club-meets experimental theatre on King West, though even those three descriptors don't really accurately describe what Candyland is. Candyland serves fancy cocktails alongside circus-esque acts....

Locals Only / Bar

589 King St W 416.520.4753 Website
Locals Only

Locals Only is a snack bar located below the venerable Home of the Brave on King West. The chill industrial hangout serves food and drinks until 2 a.m. Inside, the...

Good Fortune / Bar

130 Eglinton Ave. E. 647.351.2130 Website
Good Fortune

Good Fortune is the bar in the basement at La Carnita on Eglinton. Open nightly from 5 p.m., the dark, loud and boisterous watering hole offers a taste of downtown...

Dundas Video / Bar

831 Dundas St W Website
Dundas Video

Dundas Video is a dive bar on Dundas West, but not just any dive bar: it's choc full of old video games and VHS tapes that create a boozy library...

Shamone / Bar

2952 Dundas St. West

Shamone is a chic, low-key bar in the Junction, on Dundas just east of Pacific Avenue. The simple exterior and bright pink blocky sign is intriguing, and adds a hip...

The Greater Good / Bar

229 Geary Ave. 647.348.2339 Website
The Greater Good

The Greater Good is a sequel to Get Well, the craft beer video arcade that has lit up Dundas West since opening in 2012. After the smash success of their...

Watson's / Bar

388 Richmond St. West 647.347.7374 Website

Watson's is a bar located at Richmond and Spadina brought to you by the team behind Roxy Bar. The aim here is to provide higher-end booze at lower price points. I...

Eskada / Bar

718 College St 416.722.3558 Website

Eskada is a bar-meets-club in Little Italy that's in the space where Crawford used to be. It has drink deals, themed nights, and no cover. I visited Eskada late one rainy...

Henderson Brewing / Bar

128A Sterling Road 416.863.8822 Website
Henderson Brewing

Henderson Brewing is keeping things industrial in the Junction Triangle. This craft brewery, located just up the street from the Nestle chocolate factory on Sterling Road, was named as a...

Clocktower Bar / Bar

1210 Yonge St. Website
Clocktower Bar

Clocktower Bar is the companion spot to the original Boxcar Social location in Summerhill - in fact, it can be found right next door to it. Both places were named...

Halo Brewery / Bar

247 Wallace Ave Website
Halo Brewery

Halo Brewery, with its angelic sounding name, serves up a divine range of beers at its taproom and bottle shop in the Junction Triangle. It's right by the train tracks on...

Good Game / Bar

2097 Yonge St. 647.348.7779 Website
Good Game

Good Game is an eSports bar just south of Yonge and Eglinton. Mashing up cocktails, craft beer and esports, it's basically a social club for gaming enthusiasts. I visited Good Game...

Baby Huey / Bar

110 Ossington Ave 416.992.5462 Website
Baby Huey

Baby Huey is the second incarnation of one of Toronto's favourite bars. After closing up shop, Baby Huey moved up the street to a new and improved location further north...

Bar Batavia / Bar

2031 Yonge St. 416.488.2031 Website
Bar Batavia

Bar Batavia is just a flight of stairs away from Dutch-Indo snack bar Little Sister; both midtown spots have the same owners. The sultry 40-seat cocktail bar is decked out...

Smash Ping Pong Lounge / Bar

672 Queen St. East 647.748.7664 Website
Smash Ping Pong Lounge

Smash Ping Pong brings everyone's favourite rec-room game to the former Quad East spin studio in Riverside. Similar in concept to SPiN on King West, the destination hangout has two...

The Shore Leave / Bar

1775 Danforth Ave. 647.477.8833
The Shore Leave

The Shore Leave can be found on a pretty barren strip (nightlife-wise, at least) of the East Danforth between Coxwell and Woodbine. Along with Shameful Tiki Room in Parkdale, it's...

Swan Dive / Bar

1631 Dundas St. West 647.347.0099 Website
Swan Dive

Swan Dive is a laid-back, friendly, and unpretentious place, where having unadulterated fun seems to be the order of the day. This stretch of Dundas West isn't short on bar...

The Grand Trunk / Bar

1718 Queen Street West 647.748.4755 Website
The Grand Trunk

The Grand Trunk had its beginnings with three friends who wanted to save their local watering hole. Owners Alison Barrie, Michelle Waldman and James Speedy - all veteran bartenders -...

Round the Horn / Bar

331 Roncesvalles Avenue 416.785.2123 Website
Round the Horn

Round the Horn is the kind of place I'd like to claim as my own local bar, if I lived nearer. Taking over the space once home to The Workshop...

La Vie Complex / Dance Club

224 Richmond St. West 647.678.2341
La Vie Complex

La Vie Complex is a slick club featuring two floors, a rooftop patio and bottle service. Located in the Entertainment District, it boasts celebrity clientele including Karrueche Tran (model and...

Apt. 200 / Lounge

1034 Queen St. West 416.357.1299 Website
Apt. 200

Apt. 200 is the newest edition to the residence-inspired lounge-meets-club trend in Toronto. Occupying the space where Wicked used to be, it's the Hogtown version of the wildly successful Montreal...

Early Mercy / Bar

540 King St. West Website
Early Mercy

Early Mercy is a bar/lounge located on King West run by the same people behind The Stirling Room. The space used to be a Grand & Toy, and thankfully, the...

Wolf Like Me / Bar

834 Bloor St. West Website
Wolf Like Me

Wolf Like Me is a self-described dive bar just west of Christie Pits. Formerly Gau Indian Village, this place has transformed into a low-key, late-night hangout spot with affordable drinks,...

Orchid Nightclub / Dance Club

82 Peter St. 416.906.2117 Website
Orchid Nightclub

Orchid Nightclub is a new "multi-themed super club complex." Located where Tryst used to be, the space combines club, lounge and venue for an unforgettable party experience. I visited Orchid late...

Orchard / Bar

1174 Bloor St. West 647.347.4572 Website

Orchard is an unassuming, low-key, local bar in Bloordale that was last Clara's Gourmet Burgers. As a tribute to the history of the neighbourhood, owner Jason Raabe (he also owns...

The Lockhart / Bar

1479 Dundas St. West 647.748.4434 Website
The Lockhart

The Lockhart nearly blew up the internet. Ever since word broke that there's a Harry Potter-themed bar in Toronto, this small spot on Dundas West that used to be Lucy...

Nightowl / Bar

647 College St. 647.927.4321 Website

Nightowl in Little Italy has insane cocktails, cheap eats, and arcade games. Separated into two floors, the space is well-used and well-decorated. An illuminated sign reminds patrons that the night...

Nest / Dance Club

423 College St. 416.792.9488 Website

Nest is a house music club located where Ryze used to be. Featuring an impressive sound system, Nest hosts a mix of international and local DJs. I visited Nest late...

Loveless / Bar

1430 Dundas Street West 647.346.2402 Website

Loveless is a cafe and bar on Dundas St. W. at Gladstone. Taking over what used to be Novo Horizonte Sports Bar, it's not too far away from its sibling...

The Addisons Residence / Lounge

456 Wellington St. 416.260.9393 Website
The Addisons Residence

The Addisons Residence is a lounge-meets-club that has taken over the former C Lounge space on Wellington, just south of King West. Inspired by a retro home in Beverly...

Lucky Shrike / Bar

850 Dundas St. West 416.815.7777 Website
Lucky Shrike

Lucky Shrike is the name spray painted over this Dundas West bar's previous Press Club sign outside. What started as a joke that went on for too long ended up...

Odd Thomas / Bar

31 Mercer St. 416.979.0131 Website
Odd Thomas

Odd Thomas is a nightclub and a beer bar - a combination that just might make it the first of its kind in Toronto. You'll find it sandwiched into the...

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