The Best Blues Bars in Toronto
The best blues bars in Toronto are like walking into your grandma's house and smelling that favourite dish she makes. They make you feel good and at home, even if the music itself tells of sorrow and heartache. Know what I mean? These are places that give the city a little bit of extra soul through raw emotion and amazing musicianship.
Here are the best blues bars in Toronto.
This place is my kind of jam. It's a laid back, neighbourhood bar with an amazing cast of rotating and guest musicians. If you get a gig at this Roncesvalles blues joint, you've earned the respect of many here in Toronto. The food is good, so you'll want to take in dinner and a show, but it's the live music that'll keep you coming back for more.
You've walked by this self described "home of the blues," dozens of times. It sits on Spadina, just south of College, and blasting from inside you'll hear guests like The National Blues Jam, New Orleans Connection All Star Jazz Band and Miz Debbie and the Don Valley Stompers belt out their best. It featurs the city's longest running Sunday night jam session.
The legendary music house casts a wide musical net beyond jazz and blues, but there are shows seven nights a week, so you're bound to stumble upon some bleeding hearted slide guitar player. There are usually two shows a night, plus the back room! With a great drink selection and a room of music lovers, you'll be among your people here.
N'awlins might attract a lot of tourists, but it also host some solid live music via weekly jazz and blues shows. The tight room can get very busy, but that only adds to the atmosphere when there's a live show. This is the best spot to stop before or after a TIFF screening if you like music to make you feel something.
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