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The Best Nightclubs in Toronto

Posted by Martha Stortz / August 30, 2013

nightclubs TorontoThe best nightclubs in Toronto are fun, fabulous and full of frenetic energy. After a hard week's work, there's nothing better than hitting the dance floor with your best friends and busting out the running man until one of them has a few too many vodka-crans and sobs in the bathroom because the guy she met on ChristianMingle as a last ditch effort is definitely not interested in her unless she believes in transubstantiation.

Here are the best nightclubs in Toronto.

See also:

The Best Cheap Drinks in Toronto
The Best Pubs in Toronto
The Best Cocktails in Toronto

The Hoxton

The Hoxton

Owned by noted octopus wearer Kenny Hotz (of Kenny vs. Spenny fame) in conjunction with the pair who brought Toronto Parts & Labour and The Social, this downtown club boasts minimalist design and an awesome dance floor. It also frequently hosts live shows. More »

Uniun

Uniun

Uniun Nightclub is an Entertainment District club that brings together ultra-modern vibes with antique-inspired decor. Inspired by Margaret Thatcher's worst nightmare, this INK Entertainment club has a legendary LED light installation and hip downstairs lounge. More »

Product

Product

Product is a great club with multiple levels, reasonably priced drinks and people that are paid to dance as part of the decor (how does one put that on a resume?). Oh, and based on my experience, the bro factor is kept well in check. 1000 points for that. More »

Wrongbar

Wrongbar

This Parkdale club is great as both an electro-leaning live music venue and as a nightclub. The awesome sound system, Michael Jackson arcade games, and Parkdale-appropriate tallboys of PBR prove that Wrongbar is right. More »

The Guvernment

The Guvernment

Featured in a foreign film that warns of the dangers of diabetes, The Guvernment is a Toronto mainstay that regularly showcases work-renowned DJs.The Guv is probably Toronto's most famous club, making it a must-visit for any out-of-towners. More »

The Everleigh

The Everleigh

This King West nightclub features a Canadiana-inspired theme with delicious drinks and patriotic decor. The Everleigh houses both a dance floor and lounge area with pool tables in its small space, perfect for anyone who wants to bank some billiards and ball some babes in the same venue. More »

Coda

Coda

Formerly Footwork until it moved to the Annex, this is the spot to drink your weight in Red Bull hummingbird-style while you rock out to some serious beats. Coda often has great guests along with their regular residents. As an added bonus, they feature drink specials before midnight. More »

Church on Church

Church on Church

Filling the space where George's Play used to be Church on Church is the Village's answer to the demand for more upscale clubs that favour cocktails over Coors Light. This club is the perfect example of a well-executed theme that favours tasteful gestures rather than over-the-top cliches. More »

Cube

Cube

Cube is a sassy nightclub-meets-sophisticated lounge on Queen West. Perfect for hosting a party, this chic club features 70s-inspired decor, an upstairs patio and plenty of ladies, proving that it's hip to be cube. More »

Cabin Five

Cabin Five

Cabin Five is the go-to spot for the university crowd and for all the right reasons.Though it's heavier on the Prairie Fire than the campfires, the campy theme and cozy vibe make Cabin Five a great place to relax and have a good time. More »

Media Bar

Media Bar

Media Bar is a gorgeously decorated club in the Entertainment District. With antique typewriters, film reels and movies projected on the club walls, Media Bar is fun for media buffs and people who think that left-wing media is responsible for all world disasters alike. More »

Discussion

32 Comments

James / August 30, 2013 at 02:28 pm
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I think you meant Buddies when you put Fly....
Vin / August 30, 2013 at 02:34 pm
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Hoxton number 1?!?! The club has the worst sound system, no patio, never busy except when djs play there. Missing way better clubs like Muzik, Maison, Bloke & 4th. These club actually invested money on decor and sound system.
Basil Russo / August 30, 2013 at 02:37 pm
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as a promoter in the city, i would say this is inaccurate!
Stilez / August 30, 2013 at 02:56 pm
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I'm sorry, but the second I saw you listed The Hoxton as #1 you lost me.
Cyril Sneer / August 30, 2013 at 03:06 pm
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Wow, Hoxton hate already? I think its a great club. "Never busy except when djs play there"? Isn't that why you go to clubs - to see djs play? If you're into the music scene than the Hoxton (and Wrongbar) are both great.
Chris Peters / August 30, 2013 at 04:16 pm
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nd not just rate based on who pays the most. Hoxton #1 and Aria even on the list.. comical and disappointing for blogto.
Shawn / August 30, 2013 at 04:46 pm
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No matter what clubs are this list, people will complain. This is true of any list on this site.
poor rich / August 30, 2013 at 05:04 pm
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Since when was the Hoxton's best nightclub? Does anyone actually ever go their for music? If so, are they all tone deaf? The sound is terrible. And i swear i hate that gouchey king street crowd. This list is garbage by virtue of your number one pick.
Morgan / August 30, 2013 at 07:25 pm
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Hoxton? Really? I would have agreed with this pick like a year ago an maybe even like 8 months ago but Hoxton has gone SOOOOO downhill since then. Hoxton used to be the prime hotspot for EDM with solid DJs every week....Now, DJs are decent and awesome the odd time - the crowd however is horrible. It's become a club with hipsters and hipster wannabes and wall to wall teenie boppers wearing hoodies and ball caps...Hoxton needs to get back to where it used to be to be even considered in the top 5.
S / August 30, 2013 at 08:03 pm
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1. The #1 club in the city isn't even on here. Comfort Zone?? It is the best.
2. The Hoxton is a really nice club, although I've only been there a couple times. The venue is nice, the sound isn't the best, but the staff there are really nice. I don't go there regularly but I have been there when bigger DJs come to town.
3. Great to see Footwork and Fly on the list. Footwork is my second favourite club, third favourite is Fly.
4. Moskito (#11 on the list) isn't even in existence anymore. It shut down. So perhaps it should be removed. It was okay except the washrooms were terrible and it didn't have seating at all when you needed a break from dancing. Also, they always shut down hours earlier than the party was scheduled to end which was lame.
5. Guv should not be on the list. It is terrible. Probably my least favourite club... ever!
Mastool / August 31, 2013 at 12:47 pm
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Toronto has one of the worst night life scenes I ever experienced all around the world.
Overly expensive. Snobby girls for no reason. All of these places are SO hard to get into in a civilized way - In New York you can literally walk into most of the best clubs! And most of them dont charge an arm and a leg for cover- if not for free!!
kasual / August 31, 2013 at 04:31 pm
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haha, the hoxton? really? that place is terrible. awful layout, bad sound, usually an off putting crowd.
Jeremy / September 1, 2013 at 08:55 am
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I guess how many people go to these clubs of the clubs consistency of occupants was not even a factor in this Top 15 list. When was the last time CUBE has there bottom floor open? Media Bar made, pretty sure their "new" sign got put up 2 days ago.

Product, lets not get started...they've rebranded their nights about 4 times now, and you only do that for one reason! Also slowly realizing they messed up by changing their name and now calling their saturday, "This Is Saturdays"...For a club that used to do in the thousands to barely filling up floor for a few months now...must explain why their number 3, and not 2 :P.

I hate to say it, but aria does tons of people every week, it may not be your favourite nor mine...but they do tons more people then some of these other clubs without half as much spent inside. Cudos to you guys.

If this was sorted by age group or demographic, this would be a whole nother story. You've got "concert" venues next to 100 person "lounges". Get it together.


Jose / September 1, 2013 at 01:43 pm
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El Convento Rico and Las Brisas are the best in Toronto!!
It's Been Said Before / September 1, 2013 at 05:07 pm
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Hoxton #1!?!! Product #3!?!! Those are the two WORST clubs in all of Toronto. The Hoxton has the shittiest sound system and zero design whatsoever. Hoxton does book great international acts, that's what you get when Embrace is running the club, good bookings, bad everything else.

Moskito is dope but unfortunately they are getting squeezed out of the international bookings they need to fill the upstairs by INK and Embrace. Wrongbar is great, good bookings, great sound, cool design. Guvernment; although the crowd is terrible and they have the worst bouncers ever, is legitimately ranked one of the top 100 clubs in the world so obviously should be the top of this list. Uniun is very well designed and is also getting great bookings.
Nick Twitch / September 1, 2013 at 11:34 pm
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TOURISTS or ANYBODY LOOKING FOR CLUBBING ADVICE!

On behalf of Toronto; I apologize for BlogTO pointing you in the WRONG direction.

DO NOT JUDGE OUR GREAT CITY'S NIGHTLIFE BY GOING TO THE HOXTON!

First of all, I think any club that does not have air conditioning or adequate air flow TO BREATH, where the club owners neglect a patron's basic comfort to save a buck should NOT EVEN BE CONSIDERED as one of our city's best. If anything they should be ostracized and labeled as possibly the city's worst.

Other then the air quality sucking in there, the lights are mediocre and the sound is okay. For me the one redeeming quality of the club is that it's small and quaint, so you're practically part of the show.

Being a successful DJ & Promoter in this city for more then 15 years, this forces me to ask what Martha's background or credentials are? Because right now she's putting all of BlogTO's right to represent my city at risk (at least for me). I already know will think twice and not trust your reviews.

I demand a follow up and an apology from Martha or an announcement that she's been fired!

Signed - a concerned Toronto Lover!
Douchebag / September 3, 2013 at 10:46 am
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Uniun is kicking bro!
I always workout just my biceps and chest before entering bro!
Tight shirt bro!
Poppin bottles with my bros in the booth bro!
Mark Papers / September 24, 2013 at 03:09 pm
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The Hoxton would be a great spot if they massively renovated their sound system. I know tons of people, myself included, who skip potentially awesome shows at the Hoxton *because* of the sound system.
Jeff Roberts / September 28, 2013 at 08:59 am
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The Hoxton installed a new PK Sound system in early September. The sound is incredible!
bbstr / October 7, 2013 at 09:57 am
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Garbage List...TOTALLY MISLEADING....SOMEONE MUST HAVE PAID THIS BLOGGER HUGE MONEY TO GET THE RATINGS THEY GAVE THEM.
My List:
1.Uniun
2.The Thompsons
3.Guverment
4.Cube
5.Aria
6.Mod Club
7.Revival
8.Loki
9.Gravity
10.Cabana (only because its seasonal...all year round it would get a higher rating)
11.Musik
12.Easy on Fifth
13 Cove
14.Studio
15.Tryst.
Note...WrongBar/Huxton and a few others don't even make my list.

Gaybars.
1.Woodys
2.Fly
3.Crews & Tango
4.Byzantium
5.Smith
6.Flash
7.Club 101
8.El Convento Rico
9.Wreck Room
10.Church on Church.

Better List....wouldn't you agree?
jason / October 8, 2013 at 03:55 pm
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Hoxton should not be on the list period!

There sound system is a joke, i dont get how they book these djs with such a bad system. I know they cant even improve it, because of all the noise complaint. They claim to have a new system, but it is useless because of all the restrictions. The clubs is failing hard wont last.
best nightclubs / October 31, 2013 at 03:29 pm
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A nightclub only just becomes best by their disk and crowd, and also user friendly price.
J / November 3, 2013 at 07:18 pm
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Could you do a list based on the music their playing? :)

Ex. Toronto's Best R&B/Hip Hop club (do that one first)
Thank you~!
Sam / November 6, 2013 at 04:01 am
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ComTix tickets Inc. Has great color tickets and wristbands for clubs. Great service!!
Sam / November 6, 2013 at 04:02 am
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Check out ComTix website - www.comtix.com
michael / January 10, 2014 at 09:06 pm
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torry / January 11, 2014 at 12:04 pm
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wow this is just such a bad list. bbstr above post has a better list then then this garbage.
Graham / January 11, 2014 at 02:00 pm
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leave the club rankings to a website that actually knows the industry like clubcrawlers or clubzone
Abdur Rahim / February 16, 2014 at 03:53 am
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anny / May 21, 2014 at 11:23 am
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destination clubbing / May 27, 2014 at 08:08 am
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Toronto is a nice country to do party! I love Hoxton nightclub even if the sound is not very good sometimes
DealBang / September 22, 2014 at 09:44 am
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