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Bars and nightlife in Lake Ontario

Top bars

Hotel
“Open rooftop patio on top of The Drake Hotel, nice on a warm summer evening!”
  • 316 locals recommend
Bar
“Queen St West, or West Queen West as it's known locally, is Toronto's premier walking street, full of small shops and boutiques, coffee shops and restaurants. It's not a tourist street; it's where Torontonians go to shop and play and live. You could devote an entire visit to just walking Queen Street, from Parkdale in the west, through the shopping district right through downtown. Further east, the neighbourhood of Leslieville offers great restaurants and a friendly vibe. Queen St continues even further east, eventually ending up in the iconic Beach neighbourhood, where the city meets the lake and where each year the Beach Jazz Festival, well jazzes up the scene.”
  • 263 locals recommend
Brewery
“Great local brewery with a really amazing vibe! And the perfect summer patio!”
  • 226 locals recommend
Brewery
“Take a tour, learn some things and drink some beer! Family friendly, and the Rec room is just in front so you can spend a day here.”
  • 157 locals recommend
Pub
“Hunters Landing Bar Grill Restaurant is a great place to visit before or after a Leaf or Jay game and is known for its Great Food & atmosphere.”
  • 94 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“Transport yourself to Spain without leaving Toronto. Bar Raval’s Gaudi-inspired wooden interior is full of curving, rich wood, inviting you to stay a while longer.”
  • 128 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“Few restaurants in the city are as tough to score a table at than Grant van Gameren’s Spanish tavern on College. That’s because few places deliver as much joy for 50-odd dollars per person. Three years in, GVG and his team have nailed their brand of Barcelonian party food mixed with Torontonian nose-to-tail edge.”
  • 129 locals recommend
Hotel
“hit their website. Weekly events include Slam Poetry, Life Drawing classes and, best of all, Music Bingo on Wednesday nights. It's an over the top combo of 80's tunes and drinks. Guaranteed you will find yourself singing along and finding unexpected kinship with everyone in the room.”
  • 114 locals recommend

Nightclubs

Bar
“Challenging the conventional notions and boundaries of the cocktail experience.”
  • 66 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Unpretentious front bar with pool table, historic back room with local and touring music acts.”
  • 67 locals recommend
Nightclub
“The luxurious space features a picture-perfect lounge bar, dining room, outdoor pool and cabanas, all with breathtakingly unobstructed, 360-degree views of the city skyline. Take your day into night with a dip in the pool, a lounge and cocktail in a private cabana, contemporary French creations by chef Romain Avril for dinner, ending the night by rubbing shoulders with Toronto’s finest at the bar.”
  • 59 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Great food, nice place to have drinks at night. Service not so great, kinda slow. Great music!”
  • 78 locals recommend
Jazz Club
“If you love to dance and love salsa music/latin influenced jazz, this is the place to go. Many great musicians play here. Check out their website to see who's playing. Sometimes there are dance lessons ahead of the show, or dinner reservations available too.”
  • 61 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Loftlike restaurant/lounge with Mediterranean-inspired fare plus a wine cellar and cobblestone patio.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Canadian comfort food and craft cocktails are on offer in this leather-&-wood 1930s-inspired eatery.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Jazz Club
“The Rex Hotel is the jazz mecca of Toronto. Jazz greats from all over the world have performed there including Kurt Elling, Randy Brecker and Wynton Marsalis. It supports the burgeoning Toronto music scene with up to 19 shows per week.”
  • 66 locals recommend

Music venues

Concert Hall
“Home of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Less than 2km away, it’s just a short car ride away”
  • 107 locals recommend
Plaza
“Toronto's version of Times Square. Lots of bright lights, restaurants, a movie theatre, and a shopping mall.”
  • 155 locals recommend
Theatre
“Bringing musicals, dramas, comedies and more to the theatre stage for over 50 years.”
  • 56 locals recommend
Beer Bar
“Great craft beer and curated live music, with one or two shows every evening. Fresh bread baked on-site. Awesome patio for people-watching.”
  • 86 locals recommend
Bar
“As you walk down the steps into the venue it’s like you are transported to North Dakota; Barnboard walls, cattle skulls and washboards decorate the walls. It’s a serious venue to see blues, honky-tonk, country, and rockabilly. Some of the local acts you can catch here are The Mercenaries, Communism, Run With Kittens, and The Conor Gains Band. Tuesday’s at 6pm they host a jam session for those who want to test their mettle on stage. The Dakota Tavern offers food on Friday’s and Saturday’s and on Sunday they have a popular bluegrass brunch that is family friendly. If you are looking for a venue where beards and cowboy boots are in an abundance then The Dakota Tavern will fit the bill.”
  • 97 locals recommend
Music Venue
“musical artists perform while you eat or enjoy local beer and make friends.”
  • 65 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“live prodictions and music venue surrounded by fabulous bars and restaurants ”
  • 50 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Unpretentious front bar with pool table, historic back room with local and touring music acts.”
  • 67 locals recommend
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