Check out the Falls at night when they put on a light show. This is done almost all year round, usually from around 9:00pm until about 12:00 midnight. The huge lights they use are on the Canadian side and change colors about every 15 minutes, so bring you camera and tripod for some beautiful photos. This is really rather romantic so grab your partner and enjoy the falls light show for some free entertainment. Depending on the wind you may get a little wet from the mist.
remember when you stay in niagara, that the casinos are 24/7 operations, so you wil experience people coming and going all night long. its not a big deal unless the folks in the room next door are doing this. on our last stay in november, our neighbors returned at 3 AM- the door slamming shut woke us- then they decided to use the jacuzzi. iguess its just the luck of the draw(sorry--bad casino pun)as to how your neighbors are. obviously if you're staying very close to the casino the chances of this happening are better, but also hotels have shuttles too. so being away from the casinos is not a guarantee it can be a no-win situation-you go to sleep early your neighbor comes in late--you come in late your neighbor is early.
Be aware the drinking age in Ontario is 19. So the bars and clubs on weekends especially will be full of younger folks than you may be used to. The 19 and 20 year olds from the US side will be partying hard and maybe even at your hotel next door to you. This is common since drinking at the bar is pricey, and its cheaper to buy a case, or bring some in from the US
This casino resort is new and it is huge. Supposedly the single largest provincial investment ever made in the Niagara Region and the largest commercial development in Canada (2.5 mm sq. ft).
The only thing I was not crazy about this casino other than losing money there is the smoke. They do have smoking & non-smoking areas but the smoke was still overpowering.
Cocktails at the bar cost $5 (Canadian).
“Otto's Barely Legal Night Club” is living proof that there are rednecks – and indeed redneck bars – in Canada. Situated right around the corner from Niagara’s Bus Depot, it is the perfect place to while away an hour or so if you’re waiting for a coach. Draft beer is a mere CA$2.00, so what more do you want?
It may be barely legal, but you can still not smoke in there or bring your drink out to have a smoke. Guess that would push the button more towards “Most Definitely Not Legal”.
The night we were in Niagara Falls, we saw a really good rock band perform at the Hard Rock Club. Just be warned - after the show is over and the DJ arrives, the "hard rock" concept goes out the window which I thought was a bit disappointing.
Dress Code: Casual but no baseball cap
The new casino (resort, hotel, entertainment complex) is quite a place: that is, if you like that sort of thing. Not only is there the typical casino floor, but a modern and luxurious hotel with nice boutique shopping as well. There is a "concert hall" in which a variety of varied acts are preforming almost nightly. Very nice place (it's new) to check out ... if not to stay.
Dress Code: Varies.
We had a great time at this club...some of the guys were creepy, but I guess you can get that anywhere. The dance floor was small, and really sticky, but that didn't stop us from dancing. Because you can smoke in doors anywhere in Canada we had to spend a lot of time in the smoking room for my friend. Its like a hallway lined with mirrors and filled with smoke. If you can breathe it for a little bit, you can actually converse with people in there. We met some REAL interesting characters there.
Dress Code: Typical club gear.
I've read lots of folks complaining about Clifton Hill and how it makes Niagara Falls look so cheap and tawdry. Well, my answer to that is to just NOT go there. Niagara Falls is made up of lots of other aspects - the Falls themselves, the gardens along the parkway, the Casino and the more upscale hotel area, and the shopping further out on Lundy's Lane.
Niagara Falls tourist area was created to be a total holiday experience - and that includes the fun, tourist-y area that appeals to those who want that. I've encountered similar things in Blackpool & Southend, England, there is funland in Luna Park in Sydney, Australia, lets not forget about Atlantic City, or Coney Island. It is there, but you just don't have to spend time there, if that is not your cup of tea.
Dress Code: Bars & Restaurants require shirts & shoes to be worn due to health regulations, but beyond that there is no dress code. Visitor casual.
The casino is a great place to drink and gamble if you have cash to spare. Its always busy. The Down under use to be a really cool bar with lots of dance parties, but now its more of an after hours rave kind of joint. The bar tenders are really cool. Pumps is dance club that has a covercharge after 11, but it does have an outdoor patio. Plus some new bars and clubs that are fun. Though depending on when you go these bars can be like a ghost town. weekends are best.
Dress Code: When going to casino at least dress respectively. The other spots anything goes
This was the first club we ventured in to. The music was loud, but the crowd wasn't too lively at first. If you ask my bf or other friend they'll tell you all the bartenders are HOT. They do have a cover charge, but keep your eyes open on the streets for reps giving out free passes!
Dress Code: Clubbing Clothes
Casino Niagara is THE place to gamble at Niagara. There's multitudes of slot machines that are always ringing somewhere (just not where I happened to be sitting). Make sure to bring an ID, they are very strict , they thought mine was a fake!
This is located above The Watermark restaurant at The Niagara Falls Hilton. It was a nice place to get a drink and gaze out over the falls at night.
Dress Code: Not really. But mostly everyone was dressed up nice, not a lot of jeans and sneakers, but it would be okay if you did wear them.
Niagara Falls is one of the wonders of the world, and our Hard Rock Cafe is just plain wonderful! Outside you hear the thunderous roar of water rushing…inside, the roar of great music (and we might even play some RUSH to complete your rocking-out-in-Canada experience)! Located conveniently at the main entrance to Casino Niagara, the HRC Niagara Falls Canada has two very special rooms you'll want to check out: one dedicated entirely to Elvis and the other completely to the Beatles. The best in rock 'n' roll demands the best dining, drinks, and atmosphere, and the Hard Rock gives you all that and more. Don't get stuck in a dining barrel, Hard Rock Cafe Niagara Falls Canada keeps you dry, well fed, and always on the cutting edge.
There are a lot of bars in Niagara Falls- We went to so many in two days but I don't remember the names- imagine that : ) But every bar that we strolled into was nice- people were nice. And I guess there's a really big club somewhere close to the other bars because everyone kept telling us to go there. We didn't make it. You won't have a problem finding nightlife- that's a definate!
Dress Code: We were wearing jeans and tanks or tees and that seemed to be fine with everyone.