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Sneaky Dee's / Live Music

431 College Street 416.603.3090 Website
Sneaky Dee's

Sneaky Dee's is the quintessential punk dive bar, a longtime institution of Toronto's downtown core that caters to the young and cash-strapped. Though originally established up on Bloor Street, Sneaky...


Wildflower / Dance Club

550 Wellington St. 416.640.7778 Website
Wildflower

Wildflower is the latest edition to the Thompson Hotel's nightlife scene. I visited the club late one Friday evening after navigating down several flights of stairs and around some corners (great...


Hugh's Room / Live Music

2261 Dundas Street West 416.531.6604 Website
Hugh's Room

Hugh's Room, located in Roncesvalles Village a few blocks south of Dundas West station, is one of Canada's best folk, blues, and world music venues. It's named for Hugh Carson,...


Track & Field Bar / Bar

860 College St. Website
Track & Field Bar

Track & Field Bar is Toronto's first ever lawn games bar, the creation of Montauk owner Dustin Keating, Montauk ex-manager Joshua Leblanc, and publicist Nickie Minshall. The bar caused a...



Northern Belle / Bar

913 Dundas St. West 416.823.8969 Website
Northern Belle

Northern Belle is the new little sister spot to Northwood on Dundas West (located, appropriately, at Bellwoods). Owners Ange Reynolds and Richard Pope aren't deviating far from the formula that...


BLND TGER / Lounge

559 College St. 416.925.8437 Website
BLND TGER

BLND TGER (get it guys it's blind tiger but there are no i's) is a new bar located in Little Italy. Serving up bottle service and beer-on-tap, BLND TGER mashes...


Bloke / Dance Club

401 King St. West 647.927.3900 Website
Bloke

Bloke is the newly renovated version of Bloke and 4th. Located in the Entertainment District. The new Bloke only operates as a nightclub and an event venue, no longer offering...


iDarts Toronto / Bar

7850 Woodbine Ave. Markham 905.604.7850 Website
iDarts Toronto

iDarts is a lone wolf in the Greater Toronto area, a lounge/bar dedicated to darts (soft tip darts, to be specific). While this business concept is everywhere in places like...



Fly Nightclub 2.0 / Dance Club

6 Gloucester St. 416.925.6222 Website
Fly Nightclub 2.0

Fly 2.0 is the new, redone version of the Fly nightclub we all know and love. Located in the same space in the Village, Fly 2.0 is fun, fierce, and...


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...


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...



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  • Wayward 2 rail vodka sodas.. $18.. Assanine prices!
  • The Fountain Oh this place is amazing! We had so much fun there. It was the perfect get away. You can actually talk to your friends, the music isn't over powering at...
  • Wayward It's $20 cover every night plz update this ASAP thx
  • ACE Nightclub " It looks exactly the way I expect Eurofab to look on the inside" LOL REALLY this place looks awful. *pukes on self* NEXT
  • ACE Nightclub You could easily make the same argument for every establishment on King West.
  • ACE Nightclub It should really go without mentioning but pease include at least a passing mention of the music played in the clubs you review to be taken remotely seriously. Thx.
  • ACE Nightclub lame, lame, lame
  • ACE Nightclub This review makes ACE sound exactly like the sort of place that most people in Toronto should avoid unless they're devoid of personality, or loaded with money. Perfect for those...
  • Ryze went to this place on a saturday with some friends. The place looks ok, the sound sucks (Brian, it actually sounds like your at a school dance!) but worst of...
  • Hitch Great little bar. Nice atmosphere and drinks. If you're looking for a quieter/more relaxed setting, it is a nice change from Ceili's!
  • Baltic Avenue The guy in the photo is Alex Tindal - super funny improviser and sketch comic. He's actually a pretty good dancer. Because this place has the same owner (and is...
  • Ryze This place is terrible. It's overpriced, overpretentious and they had to turn the music down twice because of the cops
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  • F-Stop You both sound ugly.
  • Archive Wine Bar No matter what you are doing, you are going to keep having birthdays The method that your body and mind ages is completely inside your control. These tips should a...
  • The Dock Ellis What a piece of shit of a place. Had to deal with the douchebag bouncer for a minute and found out quickly that it meant that the bar was douchey...
  • 751 A genuine dive bar in Toronto, not like the rest of the wannabe hipster "dives" in the city. Love it! Cool staff. They've got a pretty bad ass open...
  • The Cameron House This place never has cover when I go and awesome bands!! Overall laid back vibe, not a strictly young crowd which is nice for a change. Also love the back...
  • Andy Poolhall ANDY POOLHALL IS MY SECOND HOME!!! Everyone needs a watering hole... and this is mine. Great music. Great drink prices. Great overall vibe. Love it here! Bringing a cousin from England here...
  • Smiling Buddha Hi, Mark Pesci -- just as an FYI, facebook.com/smilingbuddha took me to the personal facebook profile of a dude living in Belgium. I think you meant facebook.com/smilingbuddhaTO -- just leavin'...
  • Done Right Inn I love heading west on an old pub crawl across Queen, usually my last spot unless the night goes on into the rare hours. This is a great hole in...
  • DW Alexander Doesn't the Gay Pride parade go down Church st.? Sorry but I''d rather go to my cottage and smoke crack and chug vodka than go to this elitist cocktail...
  • DW Alexander All snarks aside, I agree with "anyone?" up there. All I got is the gin fizz is not too sweet and maybe I should try the popcorn if I go...
  • DW Alexander Why is it that we're basically guaranteed that the first comment of any review is someone irrationally angry about the boundaries of neighbourhoods? Things change, people. No one cares if the...
  • Media Bar Before you buy a franchise business read this
  • DW Alexander Is this a review? I can't tell what the hell is going on. I think there's about three sentences that legitimately discuss the venue, and the rest is Martha talking...
  • DW Alexander welp, there goes your paycheque for this article .... lol.....
  • DW Alexander Not that it matters given we're talking about 1 block, but there are a number of financial firms at 33 Yonge (on the east side) and further east/towards church, just...
  • DW Alexander I would say Yonge St is the edge not Church. It should be referenced as St Lawrence Market for accuracy. We all know where the St Lawrence is. Not sure...
  • DW Alexander Simmer down asshole. It states..."located on the EDGE of the Financial District".


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