The top 10 underground bars in Toronto
Underground bars in Toronto are some of our city’s worst kept secrets. Running the gamut from dives to music venues to cocktail bars, here are some places to hide out from the world, tuck into some tasty drink choices, and maybe even enjoy a little unexpected entertainment.
Here are my picks for the top underground bars in Toronto.
This music venue beneath the drake hotel on West Queen West has regular events. You’ll shell out a lot for even a beer these days, but the programming is still top notch.
This bar on Dundas West is marked only by a palm reading sign and clumps of people gathered outside on weekends, and once you get downstairs you might actually a get a tarot reading.
A rite of passage familiar to many in Toronto, you can still get the cheapest cocktail pitchers at this dive named for its address in Little Italy.
This music venue with shows several nights a week located in the Junction neighbourhood it’s named for brings the intimate folksy vibes in a darkened room down a set of stairs.
This charming dive serving beer and bourbon tucked away down a set of steps on the Dundas West strip somewhat secretly often hosts a live DJ. No requests, though.
Underground is the last place you’d expect to be playing lawn games, but that’s exactly what goes down at this bar in Little Italy.
This reputable country bar at Dundas and Ossington always has an incredible honky-tonk dive atmosphere thanks to its below-ground digs and folksy live acts.
The sound of click-clacking ping pong balls echoes from a set of stairs inside Walrus Pub in the Financial District, as there’s actually a full-on ping pong bar under the restaurant. It even connects directly to the PATH.
It feels like you’re drinking in a brick-walled catacomb at this bar underground at Church and Adelaide, and even though the space is tight there’s actually frequent live music here.
This hotspot with a lively dancefloor and a DJ booth right next to the bar lurks moodily underground at the corner of Dundas and Dovercourt.
Hector Vasquez at Dakota Tavern
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