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The Hideout

The Hideout is a music venue and bar owned by brothers Dan and Jimmy Good. Located next to bar/venue Sneaky Dee’s and directly underneath club Nest, expect live music here seven nights a week. This is a dependable venue for shows during Toronto’s many music fests.

This spot has a storied history, with a previous location on more grungy Queen near Spadina that lasted around a decade.

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That spot was a lot darker with more obstructions in the way of viewing the stage.

They’ve managed to keep some of the nitty gritty charm of the old place with the same beat up old piano right near the dance floor and art by Stu of Playdead, though there are far more clear vantage points to the stage and the space is much bigger.

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There’s a large U-shaped bar near the front, up against windows looking out onto the street. Indoor windows are one of many ways that vantage points have been expanded, with stage views possible even from small tables surrounding this main bar.

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Also near the front is a small room that serves the same purpose that a back area in the old space used to, feeling a little more homey than the rest of the bar with a pool table, pinball game, couches, and packed to the gills with shelves full of books and whisky. This is another example of just how much was relocated from the old spot.

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There’s another bar at the back of the dance floor for easy drink refills without missing any of a band’s set. A long, large table surrounded by stools pushes the crowd forward so the venue doesn’t suffer from the usual metres of empty dance floor in front of a stage.

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Custom metalwork by Desiron gives the space an artsy but rock and roll touch.

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The Violet Hour ($14) is meant to be a twist on a cosmo, purple instead of pink because of Butterfly Pea Flower infused Three Olives vodka, combined with cointreau, lime juice, and white cranberry.

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What Happens in Vegas ($14) is Dan’s fave according to the cocktail menu, a unique base of muddled blackberry and mint with rum, cassis, lime, and simple syrup. Get it with a bubble tea straw so you can suck up the shredded blackberry bits.

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True to its name, there are lots of nooks and crannies in which to “hide out” here, and a ton of distracting activities and events to keep your mind off anything but fun.

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Photos by

Hector Vasquez

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The Hideout

The Hideout

3 Upcoming Events
About the Event
  • March 19

    On March 19th, The Hideout will be the home to some of Canada's funniest comics from across the country. This WILDLY funny show is presented by your host, David Foggia. I hope you’ll come out and witness the new wave.

    These comics have appeared on Just For Laughs, MTV, Conan and Netflix, to name a few. $5 gets you a lot these days.

    The comics on the show include:

    Che Durena (JFL, Crave...

  • March 26

    A 19+ fundraising event called Crossfire: Rap Battle that is happening on Thursday, March 26th, 2020 at The Hideout, location 423 College Street. The doors will be opening at 7PM and the first round will start at 7:30PM. We are going to have 16 up and coming GTA artists who will be competing in 4 rounds. The winner will be chosen by the audience! We are doing this event to celebrate and support...

  • April 15

    Drag Blingo is a drag-o-rific night where sassy qweens strut their stuff on the stage in between rounds of Blingo! It's guaranteed to have you going wild and leave you wanting more!

    Whether you're celebrating a birthday party or just having some after-work drinks Drag Blingo is a memorable and fun experience, packed with surprises for a night you’ll never forget.

    Filled with music, drinks...

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