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The top 10 bars and pubs on Dundas West

Dundas West is full of great restaurants and bars, but with so many new places it's hard to choose where to go on any given night. From dive bars to wine bars, the street exploded with nightlight activity about a decade ago and has never looked back. While establishments keep opening all the time, I'll freeze time for a moment and concentrate on my favourite spots at present.

These are my picks for the top bars and pubs on Dundas West.

Get Well
Cure those blues with one of the many craft beers on Get Well's list and enjoy the eclectic and casual atmosphere. The vintage games machines like Tetris and pinball add to the character and upbeat vibe. They also have a custom cask beer that's worth a try.

Communist's Daughter
This Dundas West hole in the wall is a laid-back and funky hangout. The jukebox alone is worth the trip. The mismatched vintage tables and chairs paired with the old crokinole boards will remind you of hanging with your grandma. Get there early; this cozy little spot will fill up fast.

Cocktail Bar
This place pretty much speaks for itself, amazing cocktails and a speakeasy vibe. Although this place is run by the Black Hoof, the food is kept to a minimum so that the cocktails are in the spotlight. Go here for the best Negronis and Manhattans in Toronto.

Northern Belle
This new bar near Trinity-Bellwoods is a standout in a neighbourhood that's over run with quirky cafes and bars. With coffee, bar snacks, draught beers and great cocktails, Northern Belle has taken the success of Northwood, its sister cafe/bar to the north, and built on it here on Dundas West.

Montauk is a casual cocktail bar that can't be missed. With inventive cocktails and a small bar snack menu (including some really cool jerkies, trust me), it's populated with people who really know their drinks. There's also a loft-style stage space that hosts DJ's and live music.

Hole In The Wall
If you find yourself in the Junction with a craving for craft beer and live music, the Hole In The Wall is one of your best bets. They've got music events booked almost every night of the week. The bar is also joining the masses by adding a brunch menu that rotates every week to keep things interesting

From dancing to drag show, this friendly little dive is a great pick. It's the type of place to order a few tall cans, play some tunes on the jukebox and settle in for the night.

Unlovable Don't let the name fool you; there's lots to love about this place. This basement level bar is a true hidden gem. From its chalk board beer list and quotes, quirky decor, all Smiths DJ nights, and Jamacian beef patties, there's plenty of reasons for multiple visits.

Hanging out at Wallflower is kind of like getting drunk at your zany aunt's house. Wallpaper, mismatched chairs and Christmas lights all year round make for a quirky and comfortable experience. The low-lit room is a good spot for a date.

3030 Dundas West
Stop what you are doing and go get some blue cheese mac and cheese at 3030. It's a game changer. While you're there, you can wash it down with one of the craft beers from their extensive selection. This bar is all about supporting local breweries. Live music is also on offer here many nights of the week.

What are your favourite hang outs on Dundas West? Let us know in the comments. Photo of 3030 by Jesse Milns.

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