Toronto Nightlife

The nightlife scene in Toronto is as varied as the neighborhoods. Downtown—in the Entertainment and Financial districts and Old Town—bars and pubs cater to theatergoers and weekday worker bees. They can be dead on weekends after dark, however—especially in the Entertainment District—until 11 pm rolls around and the big loft-style dance clubs get going. To hang with locals at their neighborhood

joints, head to Little Italy or the Annex, where university students mix with residents of the surrounding Victorian-lined streets.

Gay nightlife centers around Church and Wellesley streets northeast of the downtown core. Everyone under 40 ends up on Queen West at some point, patronizing the once-bohemian, now-established arty bars and cafés. Ladies who lunch meet for midday martinis in swanky Yorkville and later clink glasses at the tony lounges. Throughout the city are dedicated music venues, bars, and supper clubs that specialize in jazz, Latin, blues, rock, hip-hop, and everything in between.

Most recently Toronto has emerged as a food-obsessed city with late-night restaurants (from hole in the walls to the crème de la crème in fine dining), offering sips and nibbles to those who wish to feast past the usual dinner hour. Other emerging trends include a flourish of local brewpubs and luxury hotels offering unique evening programs which have locals and tourists swarming. In this section, we've covered the places that have cemented their place in the city's scene, but new hot spots are always emerging. Check local news outlets to get the latest.

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Amsterdam BrewHouse

  • Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

This brewpub, which opened its doors in July 2013, is the newest addition to Toronto's lakeside dining scene. Originally used as a boat...

Bar Chef

  • Bars/Pubs

The dark interior features dimly lit chandeliers and tabletop candles, which set the stage for Chef Frankie Solarik's wild and wonderful...

Bar Volo

  • Bars/Pubs

Despite its location on a busy thoroughfare, classy Bar Volo has a relaxed, brick-walled, wood-beamed, old-world atmosphere. A side patio...

Bellwoods Brewery

  • Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

This restaurant, bar, and on-site brewery has been a smash hit since it opened in 2012; expect a line if the sun is shining because the...

Bier Markt

  • Bars/Pubs

With more than 150 beers from 30 countries, including 50 on tap, this enormous restaurant/bar has a corner on the international beer...

Bymark

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Located in the heart of the Financial District, this culinary oasis is popular with the business suits that work in the area. Don't let...

CHURCH on Church

  • Dance Clubs

CHURCH, which opened in the summer of 2012, is the newest spot to open its doors in the Village. This queer bar and lounge is a popular...

Café Diplomatico

  • Bars/Pubs

Holding court over a central Little Italy corner since 1968, Diplomatico is popular for one reason: its big sidewalk patio with umbrella-shaded...

Canoe

  • Bars/Pubs

Though it's primarily a restaurant, Canoe, on the 54th floor of the Toronto-Dominion Bank tower, is worth a trip just for a drink at...

Cold Tea

  • Bars/Pubs

Located in the heart of Kensington Market and just a stone's throw from the heart of Chinatown, Cold Tea has an intimate, but rowdy bar...

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