Day or night, Toronto is a vibrant place for food, entertainment and culture, especially nightlife. When it got dark, the city seemed to glow with another life. Here are some of the most suitable spots to explore Toronto when the sun goes down.
King West Street – Toronto Nightlife
The area was once home to many warehouses and industrial buildings but is now better known for the dining and club options.
In addition to the numerous bars and clubs, King West has everything from luxurious hotel rooftops to upscale lounges.
Queen West / West Queen West
Queen West has always been a lively place, even before Vogue voted it the second-best neighborhood in the world. Many bars are popular with locals like Queen Street Warehouse, Rush Lane Co, Bovine Sex Club, Tequila Bookworm, Bar Fancy, Otto’s Bierhalle.
Parkdale – Toronto Nightlife
Parkdale runs along Queen Street West, from Dufferin Street to Roncesvalles Avenue. It’s a quirky little neighborhood and the food offering matches the diversity of its community. Thanks to all its cool waterholes and live music venues, it’s a sought-after weekend destination.
Enjoy a craft beer at the Pharmacy Bar, formerly a drugstore and methadone clinic. Other popular haunted places include the Embarrassed Tiki Room, Miss Things, and Grand Electric.
The Annex borders the University of Toronto, so it’s no surprise that it’s packed with student bars at night. Lee’s Palace, Coda, Dance Cave, Brewhaha and Madison Avenue Pub are the top places, but head to Annex Billiards if you love midnight billiards.
Ossington Avenue has become one of the busiest streets in downtown Toronto. Over the years, several eclectic bars have sprung up on Ossington between Queen and Dundas, making it a great spot to hang out.
Sweaty Betty’s is a no-frills nightlife spot in Ossington, and for local vibes, head to Man of Kent and Bellwoods Brewery. You can find music at the Painted Lady and Reposado and the Hawker Bar or Dakota Tavern are also great for a night out.