13 underground bars in Toronto that are hidden spots for late night drinks
Underground bars in Toronto are some of the coolest spots in the city without even really trying. Whether you’re looking for a quieter speakeasy to have a nice drink with friends or a raucous dance party, you never know what you’re going to get until you walk down those stairs.
Here are some underground bars to check out in Toronto.
What was once Bar Lokys in Roncesvalles Village, Capones has turned the previous pub-style bar into a swanky speakeasy with a 1920s New York gangster theme. The stage changes depending on the day of the week, showcasing live jazz and DJs to enjoy while you’re having a cocktail.
Behind a secret door in the basement of the historic C.H. Gooderham House under Maison Selby, this bar has a quaint vibe that's perfect for a chill evening with friends. They have an extensive upscale food menu with some elegant cocktails.
The basement of the Drake Hotel on West Queen West sees around 200 to 250 artists playing every year. The stage has been graced with acts like M.I.A., Sampha, Beck, Broken Social Scene and many other acts and DJs, making it a go-to spot for a night out.
Located literally under the Alpine in the Junction, this spot is the European-style bar's cooler brother, with pool tables, drink specials and live music.
A staple of the Toronto bar scene and one of the cheap places in the city to get food and drinks, this spot at Bathurst and College is a classic must-visit for any local.
Located under the South American restaurant Rabbit! Rabbit! Rabbit!, this phone-free basement bar has a no photography policy. This venue also has local DJs stop by while you enjoy their drinks and Izakaya-inspired food menu.
Probably a speakeasy you shouldn't be googling, you'll need to talk to the staff at Little Sister's Portland location if you want to see what this bar has to offer.
This Parkdale spot has quickly become a local favourite, with a focus on promoting Filipino culture. While its weekend nights are popping with some of the city's best DJs, you can head there for brunch to recover from your night.
While Unlovable was, well, unlovable, the space has been taken over by the owners of Ted's Collision and given a revamp. They have cocktails for under $11, canned craft beer and an eclectic vending machine that's stocked with international snacks.
Tucked in a corner on Dundas and Dovercourt, Bambi's is a dive bar with a little more polish. It's always playing great music through its amazing sound system, which makes it a great spot for a night out without the club atmosphere.
Adding a little country to the city at Dundas and Ossington, this dive bar has been filled with some of the best acts from the genre in Canada since 2006.
A small little venue at College and Lansdowne that programs monthly music series which include reggae, underground hip-hop, contemporary jazz and singer-songwriters.
If you're looking for a true speakeasy experience, this is the place to go. Located under Marben on Wellington, the spot has a great vibe with exposed brick, dim lighting and crystal ware. You're also able to get some of their cocktail kits to-go.
Fareen Karim at Capone's Lounge
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