The Horseshoe (or Shoe) is quite simply the best place in Toronto to see a live band whether it be rock or country even zydeco. Not only have great local acts like the Tragically Hip played here so have notable international bands. Such bands as Crowded House(their last live gig before they got back together), the Talking Heads, and the English Beat have all played here at somepoint in their careers. The Rolling Stones even played a show here.
The Shoe is a relatively small place seating about 500 people. Furthermore the bar in the front of the venue is a great place to hang out.
Dress Code: Casual.
Milestone's is a chain bar/grill in Toronto, and I would usually avoid such places, but the Milestones at Richmond and John is one of my favorite hangout spots in Toronto!
In the summer, you can't beat their patio - great for people watching!
They have a great cocktail menu! Any ladies reading this: get a bellini! Or try the strawberry or watermelon maritinis! YUM!
Dress Code: If you are going around 5-6, expect to see a lot of the after work crowd, still in business suits and such. Later, a more casual (but still trendy) look works best!
Up for a game of Scrabble? Every Monday night Scrabble afficionados gather at the Bishop and the Belcher for a few games.
Registration starts at 6:30pm and play starts at 7. Play is free but a $5 minimum food or beverage purchase is required.
Dress Code: Casual.
A great place to meet up with a VT-friend is The Duke of Kent. Here we are in a mini-VT-meeting Dec 23, 2001with Laura (Hayward68). It's a real English pub and you can get some great pubfood here. An ideal place to spend a couple of hours chatting with good friends and enjoying some great beers. Tip : try the Rickards Red! :-))
If you like raves..... this is the place that attracts the best DJ's around...
Tiesto, Picotto, Deep Dish, etc...etc...
"GET READY TO HAVE SOME MAX FUN!!!"
The only down side...?! ... there are a whole bunch of people here just for the crowd.... so you'll be stepped on by a bucnh of 'wonderes' who could care less about the music....
Dress Code: no dress code really.... the less clothes - the better !!!!
Coat check lineups can be 45 min - 1 hr long, so leave your stuff in the car......or at home.
This club is many different clubs in one and can hold thousands on any one night. It gets so busy during Caribana that they actually have to turn people away. Great music, loud, nice setting.
Dress Code: On certain nights they have dress codes, like I went on a "white" night when white had to be worn. Although I did see a couple people in there that weren't wearing white.
This Annex mansion is the former home of the Toronto's Ladies Club but since 1996 The Bedford Academy has been pouring pints and serving snacks to anyone and everyone.
The house is beautifully restored and maintained and the many differnt rooms allow for larger groups to make this a great spot to get together. I've had pizza and nachos and other assorted finger foods here and been pleased with both taste and price.
All and all a great option for eating and drinking after a day at the museums, especially if the pricey cafes of Yorkville are not your style. The Bedford Academy is within walking distance of The Bata, Gardnier and ROM museums.
** There is a neat little wine cellar at the bottom of the stairs, make sure to look for it on your way to the washrooms**
Dress Code: Casual, urban chic.
Usually "French Kiss Thursdays" are my choice when coming to the Drake. A veritable man cave, this place always seems to be filled with a great selection of friendly guys, from suits to grunge, take your pick. (Don't fret gentleman, we know this little fact!)
I usually start the evening downstairs in the lounge but in the hot summer months Sky Yard is the place I usually end up.
The rooftop patio is often crowded so if you want a seat at the bar, one of the tables or a coveted couch lounger you better arrive early!! Often "uber chic" hot spots in a city can be pretentious and lame, the Drake is not one of them. I always have a blast when I come here but I usually stick to week nights to avoid huge lines and cover charges.
Dress Code: This is definitely the *IN* crowd here... that being said I have seen jeans and t-shirts, ball caps and sparkly club clothes, all on the same night. Of course each and every one was totally an "outfit" regardless of the style genre.
Best advice, dress hip, whatever that means to you.
** Ladies make sure you wear high heels that you can walk in!! There are metal stairs, wooden stairs, steep back stairs and a variety of different floor surfaces to navigate here. All of which I have learned can be challenging when accompanied by liquor!**
I've only been in the Jame Joyce once, and it was for St. Patricks Day. This is as Irish as you can get outside of Cabbagetown, and you'll notice it from the large Irish flag hanging above the door. Otherwise, this pub isn't anything spectacular on any day other than March 17th. The interior is old and dark, the prices average and the music usually consists of life bands. But, if you feel the need for a Guiness and some soda bread, you know where to find it.
Dress Code: Casual
The Brunswick House, also known as the Brunny, is a place that most people of legal age will deny having ever stepped foot into after their 19th birthday - unless they belong to a frat or a sorority. The Brunny is a Toronto establishment famously easy for underage kids to get into and famously sleazy because of its attraction to frat boys and sorority girls. Its really best to avoid this place at all costs - unless that's wht you're into.
Dress Code: Baseball hats and t-shirts preferred
Insomnia is a place you would expect to find on somewhere like Queen Street or College Street rather than in the Annex. Its not kitschy, nor is it dank or dirty. In fact, Insomnia feels rather upscale and its dimmed lights give it an intimate rather than iniquitous feel. This is a restaurant/cybercafé/lounge, but I have decided to put it in with nightlife because I like it best at night. There is often a DJ spinning house or breaks and the bar quickly fills up with smartly dressed people from the neighbourhood, usually in their late twenties or early thirties. A wide variety of foods are served throughout the day and the bar has several beers and ciders on tap. The bar tenders are also quite skilled at mixed drinks and the bar likes to push its selection of martinis.
Dress Code: Coat and tie aren't required, but you should try to look like you actually thought about what you were putting on for more than 2 seconds.
McVeigh's Irish Pub is a decade's old Irish Pub that opened up here in Toronto before this sort of establishment became so fashionable. Today there seems to be an Irish pub on every street corner in Ontario but when you walk into here, you feel that you really are in Ireland. The reasons for this are plentiful. It's owner, now very aged, is Irish. Most of the Irish pubs in Toronto are owned by corporations and there is little actual heart in their pubs. Just Irish- like decor and pints of Guinness. Quite often many of the staff is also from Ireland (they change regularly as this is a high turnover profession). The decor here is nothing fancy. In fact if not for the atmosphere, it would be a dump. What I like best about McVeigh's is that there is Irish music played here most nights. This means the place is quite busy and lots of fun.
Dress Code: Casual
If you are going to be in Toronto for a Friday or Saturday night and you are planning on going to the nightclubs you are probably going to want to find the Entertainment District which includes Richmond Street.
It’s obviously right downtown and has a string of clubs on it. I would suggest it beats St. John’s, Newfoundland’s George Street or Montreal’s Crescent Street but it was cool. The street scene itself don’t compare but the quality of the clubs inside does.
I managed to get to Yuk Yuks and club Seven on one Saturday night and I have separate tips on these places.
I really need to explore around more down here so I gradually have more suggestions. There is not shortage of places to go!
It is one of the coolest places in Toronto and one of the best clubs that I have been to anywhere in the world. Friday night is BLISS night, and in the Cathedral they play the best dance music anywhere, and in the Joker's Den there is excellant R&B.
Dress Code: There is supposed to be a dress code in force, but I don't think that they are too strict, though it is best to always dree smarter than is necessary.
They have some great bands that play at Lee's. And the best part is that the crowd's awesome too because it's pretty relaxed there.
When I was in Toronto, I saw two shows there in a week. I saw The Walkmen and then I saw A.C Newman (with the Neins and Rogue Wave).
Both show experiences were awesome 3
Dress Code: Casual.
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