6 Best Bars in Leslieville, Greektown, Little India, and The Beach, Toronto

Danforth Music Hall

Danforth Fodor's choice

Built as a cinema in 1919, this stately theater is now a live music venue that attracts popular touring acts that run the gamut of punk, rock, rap, folk, electronic music, and even stand-up comedy. Notable performers have included Rihanna, Blue Rodeo, Lizzo, and Echo and the Bunnymen.



Known as much for its industrial-chic pastel interior as it is for its reliable selection of small-batch beers, this modern brewery is proudly local-first. Many of its brews are made from 99% Ontario ingredients, and the staff grow produce and herbs for stellar seasonal small plates in a rooftop garden.

1042 Queen St. E, Toronto, Ontario, M4M1K4, Canada
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Crossing the threshold into this Danforth pub, decked out with cozy wooden booths (or "snugs"), is like time-warping to the Emerald Isle. Musicians playing folk and traditional Irish tunes perform here regularly, and the Guinness is always flowing.

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Opera House


This late-19th-century vaudeville theater retains some of its original charm, most notably in its proscenium arch over the stage. The 900-capacity venue hosts internationally touring acts of all genres. Locals like to reminisce about seeing such diverse acts as Nirvana, Lucinda Williams, Kings of Leon, LCD Soundsystem, M.I.A., and the Black Keys here.

The Only Cafe


The delightfully divey Only, on a relatively quiet stretch of the Danforth, is known as one of the city's best beer bars, with 25 taps plus more than 200 bottles and cans. The atmosphere is dim and raucous, with 1990s alt-rock blasting on the stereo. The bar doubles as a café during the day, and hearty vegetarian pub grub is also on offer.

The Rooftop at the Broadview Hotel


This hotel's sceney rooftop bar has become a bona fide party destination. The lounge space is encased in a glass pyramid that allows for stunning views of the surrounding city, with a wraparound open-air deck. While you're feasting your eyes on that panorama, enjoy a house cocktail, local beer, or some of the kitchen's globe-spanning small plates.