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What's open on New Year's Day in Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / December 31, 2010

What's open on New Year's day in Toronto is probably only a relevant question to those who don't drink themselves beyond basic functionality the night before -- or at least that's true of the hours before noon. Nevertheless, here's a quick look at what's open and closed over the next two days or so.

December 31

  • LCBO and Beer Store locations are open until 6pm (but they'll be a zoo all afternoon!)
  • Shopping malls and major grocery stores are generally open until 6pm as well.
  • Banks are open until 3pm.
  • TTC Service will be as usual until 12:01am, at which point it will become free.

New Year's Day

Almost everything is closed, except for...

  • TTC service is on a Sunday schedule
  • The Eaton Centre (12-5pm) and Pacific Mall (regular hours)
  • Food Depot and Rabba grocery stores
  • Major attractions like the ROM, AGO, CN Tower and the Zoo
  • Public skating rinks
  • Rob Ford will host the annual New Years LevĂ©e at City Hall from 2 to 4pm

Greasy food options for the morning after

Probably the most useful information on this list, here's where to find some food that'll help sop up the hangover.

For more food options, check out our post on the best 24 hour restaurants in Toronto (though I've only confirmed with the businesses above). And if you know of places that are open, tip us off in the comments.



Tom / December 31, 2010 at 02:15 pm
Tourist designated areas such as Yorkville, including Whole Foods Market will be open January 1st, 10-6 too!
Eric / December 31, 2010 at 03:06 pm
How about Markham Station in Scarborough? I know they're open 24/7 but not too sure about NYE/NYD.
amanda / December 31, 2010 at 05:38 pm
we're in from Buffalo doing an overnight tomorrow night - where can we get dinner??
Olivia / December 31, 2010 at 08:37 pm
Will bars be open on saturday night?
m / December 31, 2010 at 09:02 pm
Future shop at dundas square...
m / December 31, 2010 at 09:03 pm
Future shop at dundas square... If boxing week was not enough post-xmas shopping already.
Nina / January 1, 2011 at 12:55 am
are the movie theatres open on new year's day?
dav / January 1, 2011 at 02:15 am
anyone know a place to buy a birthday cake on new years thats open?
liz replying to a comment from amanda / January 1, 2011 at 03:10 am
Sorry Amanda, you're out of luck for food as every single restaurant/hotel/fast food/coffee shop/grocery store/7-11 will be shut down. You should have stocked up. I'm sure you won't starve.
liz replying to a comment from amanda / January 1, 2011 at 03:12 am
Olivia, olivia, the bars never shut down. Bring Amanda, she'll be ravenous.
liz replying to a comment from amanda / January 1, 2011 at 03:13 am
Holy moly, all you people are concerned about is dinner, liquor, and cake. I'll sell you a cake, dave. Chocolate alright wit you?
Ratpick / January 1, 2011 at 05:29 am
I need to buy an ivory backscratcher on Saturday. Will the ivory backscratcher shops be open?
fruityfroot-pants / January 1, 2011 at 07:06 am
Are there any gay bars open? I hope Zippers is spreading some joy on New Years. If any one knows, or wants to come along just let me know.
ryan / January 1, 2011 at 09:59 am
movie theatres are always open

and as for gay bars, the barn is having some grindr night
Collin Ng / January 1, 2011 at 11:00 am
@Amanda. I'm sure some restaurants attached to hotels will be open. Just call ahead.

If you're into asian cuisine, I'm sure Chinatown or restaurants in Markham will be open to feed you as well.

If not, The Counter at the Thompson hotel, will definitely be open if you like fancy diner food.
john / January 1, 2011 at 11:57 am
long and mcquade?
Caitlin Pask / January 1, 2011 at 12:14 pm
The Tampered Press is open if you're in the West side looking for coffee and somewhere to chill! I'll be oepn 'til 5pm!!
bunnyhero / January 1, 2011 at 12:50 pm
the eggsmart on bloor near Euclid is open till 4 I believe. I'm sure other locations are open too
j / January 1, 2011 at 01:13 pm
Capital Espresso in Parkdale is open.
jolie_oiseau77 replying to a comment from amanda / January 1, 2011 at 03:05 pm
Hey Amanda!! You can probably get some dinner @ any one of the Major Hotel Restos...check the Sheraton on Queen St West (in front of Nathan Phillips) or @ the Four Seasons. Also if you like Chinese, Chinatown is likely to be teeming with open restos or also Chinatown North @ Hwy 7 & Leslie in Richmond Hill/Markham...there's always 7West (just south of Yonge & Bloor @ Charles) It's small & quaint...think European Bistro...good luck & Happy New Year! Enjoy your stay in Toronto
Amanda / January 3, 2011 at 09:32 am
Thanks for all the comments everyone - sarcastic and otherwise! We wanted to check out the Dundas West and West Queen West areas, and ended up with reservations at the Drake. We got to the area a little early and decided to walk around a bit since it was so warm outside. We ended up popping into the Communist's Daughter around 5:30 - perfect timing as Red Rhythm was about to start playing. That was an experience we'll never forget. We got to the Drake early and decided to have drinks at the bar. We had such a good time talking to the bartender Mark and another couple at the bar, that we decided to give up our table and eat at the bar. The food was great (mostly sushi), cocktails were delicious and Mark was awesome (I am 99% sure that was his name!). Yesterday we had brunch at Hoof, and that too was amazing. It definitely paid to get out of the financial/entertainment/east of Spadina areas for once. Big thanks to blog TO for helping us plan our best trip to our favorite nearby city yet! Everyone we talked to made us feel very welcome, and we cant wait to plan our next trip up. We feel so lucky to live so close. Much love from Buffalo - Amanda
Lindsey / January 1, 2012 at 02:02 am
@Amanda, looks like you found some great spots during your visit. Happy New Year to you and yours. See you in Toronto again soon.
Sarah replying to a comment from Ratpick / January 1, 2012 at 12:03 pm
Tom replying to a comment from Ratpick / January 1, 2012 at 02:33 pm
Are you stupid?
sarah / January 1, 2012 at 03:24 pm
this provided me with some entertainment to help me forget about my hangover.. at least for a little bit
rose / December 13, 2012 at 08:25 am
its my birthday jan 1 and would just want a nice place to celebrate my birthday anyone know
one that s open??? what a drag to have a b day on jan 1 lol.
Sean / December 13, 2012 at 08:49 am
Vesta Lunch, north-east corner of Bathurst & Dupont.
Open 24 hours.

I. Howard / December 31, 2013 at 12:30 pm
Carole's Cheesecake at 114 Cumberland is open all day New Years till 10pm. Besides excellent cake they are doing a great sounding New Years brunch!
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