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The 15 most fun bars in Toronto

The most fun bars in Toronto are a blast not only because you're slowly getting drunker and drunker, but also because these places have forms of entertainment beyond the regular libations. 

Here are my picks for the most fun bars in Toronto. 

Tilt Arcade Bar

After moving locations twice in recent years, the city's favourite arcade bar is back in action in Parkdale with an even bigger space. Games are totally free to play after you pay the $10 cover.

Mom's Basement

The retro bar in Danforth East is chock full of VHS tapes, retro arcade cabinets, and video game consoles. They also have two retro movies playing on the screens at the same time.

Bangarang

Cocktails and obscure games are what's happening at this Little Italy bar. There are three tabletop games that are great for drinking games, plus Japanese billiards, Cornhole, and a giant version of Rebound. 

Ballroom Bowl John St.

While not solely a bowling alley, the lanes are definitely the draw of this huge bar in the Entertainment District. They also have ping pong tables on the second floor and giant TVs to watch the game in between turns. 

Storm Crow Manor Toronto

Canada's so-called "nerdiest bar" on Church Street shows old episodes of Game of Thrones on the big screen. The place is also full of board games to play.

SPiN Toronto

Play ping pong at this underground King West spot in a 12,000 square-foot-space with 12 tables, plus two bars with drinks that you unfortunately can not play beer pong with. 

LOB Toronto

This Riverside bar is home to a highly-inventive new game called "lob" that combines bocce with elements of golf. Drink and get competitive with your buds.

Rock 'n' Horse Saloon

Mechanical bull; enough said. This Entertainment District bar will make you feel like you're drinking in a saloon, with a cowboy-themed menu and barstools made of real horseback saddles. 

The Rec Room

This massive playground near the Rogers Centre has nearly a hundred arcade games to crazy in, lots of cocktails, and wine and beer on tap. It's still a classy spot filled with blinking lights, and upstairs on the patio you'll find an amazing view of the CN Tower.

Zed 80

This Danforth bar is the more intimate, slightly more mature counterpart to Tilt. Similar to Tilt, there's $5 cover for free play on all retro console and arcade games.

Par-Tee Putt

Here's an indoor mini putt golf course in the heart of the Entertainment District. There are three whole courses crammed in here, co-existing with two designated areas where you can dine on pizzas and beer. What more could you want?

See-Scape

This Junction bar touts itself as "Toronto's original sci-fi bar and cafe," and that's exactly what it is. Here, you can sip themed cocktails like "Alien Urine" while you play a number of board and video games in sci-fi-inspired surroundings.

Offworld Bar

This immersive space-themed bar on West Queen West will make you feel like you're on top of the world (or floating above it). Created by the same minds between Stormcrow Manor, you know it'll be a fantastic — albeit nerdy — time.

Midnight Arcade

This Kensington Market bar is a little more laid back than some of the others on this list, but it is a fun, retro-inspired spot where you can order elevated bar bites like jalapeño poppers and Brussels sprouts with miso honey while you play one of their old-school arcade games.

Track & Field

You can play lawn games like bocce and shuffleboard while you sip on sophisticated cocktails at this exciting spot in Little Italy. Brought to you by the owners of Bangarang (which also appears on this list), you know it's sure to be a hit.

Lead photo by

Hector Vasquez at Mom's Basement. With files from Tanya Mok and Jaclyn Skrobacky.


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