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The top 5 small bars for live music in Toronto

The top small bars for live music pack plenty of sound into pint-sized spaces. And speaking of pints, these places will keep you happy whether you want to catch a show or are just looking to grab a casual beer with friends. These venues will introduce you to local bands and artists as well as tasty food and drinks.

Here are my picks for the top small bars for live music in Toronto.

Painted Lady
This long and narrow bar on Ossington features kitschy decor, a great draft list and teeny tiny stage that's perfect for intimate shows. Sit at the bar and knock back a few drinks as you get settled in for a night filled with music.

Junction City Music Hall
Despite its name, this Junction-area watering hole (it's literally underground!) is a destination regardless of whether you're seeing a show or not. With lots of craft beer on tap and plenty of vintage arcade games, it's easy to entertain yourself here.

Communist's Daughter
This cozy bar has a super friendly atmosphere that'll charm you and your friends any day of the week. Music-wise, a tiny space by the front window is often occupied by solo artists playing folk, jazz and blues as you sip on your drinks.

Burdock
Burdock's a brewery, music venue and restaurant. Naturally, it has a stellar selection of beer, including a rotating roster of one-offs, as well as an eclectic concert lineup. Start your night off at the restaurant and then mosey on over to the concert hall for some tunes.

Dundas Video
If you're into vintage video games and indie music, this recently revamped Dundas West bar is for you. The small space is ideal for intimate shows when you want to feel up close and personal with the band.

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Photo of Junction City Music Hall by Jesse Milns.


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