Nightclubs and bars, Toronto
On Monday Nites at a restaurant/Pub at 347 Danforth Avenue (Chester subway station), the pub has open music nites where a variety of local musiciand sing/play guitar/drums/digeridoo/banjo...etc. They feature their own originals or their take on a cover song.
Its a great nite with great music and a lively friendly crowd. Easy to meet people.
Dress Code: as you are
This is the premier jazz club in Toronto. The top local talent appears at the Rex, along with top-notch touring performers who sometimes just drop in. If you enjoy good live music, then be sure to visit The Rex.
Dress Code: Semi-casual.
Spirits is a karaoke bar located on church street. This bar is located near the gay district (no that there is anything wrong with that), although majority of the people are straight as an arrow. So what I'm saying is on the way don't be surprised if you see a bunch of dudes holding hands and necking as you make your way there.
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Dress Code: What ever
The Green Room isn't a dive... It is THE dive of the entire Annex scene. This pub/bar/dank hole is so depressing its front door exits into a parking lot behind Future Bakery and next to the regular stores' dumpsters. If dark and depressing is your thing, come on down to a bar that's a legend among students in both high schools and universities in the city of Toronto. The beer and bar food are both cheap and, despite the ample room, the bar is packed most weekends. The music is usually rock, although the era will change, and the bar staff are either surly or diffident. Later on into the night (say after 10) however, the blues can easily be shaken simply by the boisterous crowds of 20 somethings who are anxiously attempting to drown out the belief that their BAs will lead to nothing. If you want to experience Toronto without make up of cheap frills, this is the place to be.
Dress Code: Just be clothed in some manner.
Over on Queen Street, in the sort of district that houses the underground clubs, fetish balls, and things of the like, resides a small but very enjoyable and fun goth club called The Savage Garden. About half the size of my usual haunt (get it?) in Cleveland, Ohio, The Chamber, it makes up for its small space with things like window seats looking down at the street below, cage dancers, efficient and super-friendly bartenders, REALLY, REALLY GOOD DJ's, and so much interesting junk-art on the walls that you'll spend almost the entire night looking at it all.
The only thing I have to tell my fellow club-goers is, well, you know your favorite pair of stompy boots that make you 7 feet tall and look wicked with your striped lolita tights and black school-girl skirt? Well, they also better be comfy to walk in as well, unless you want to pay out the nose for a cab ride back to your hotel (and with the crazy traffic and barely-English speaking cabbies in Toronto, I guarantee the ride will be $20 if you're lucky).
Dress Code: Your favorite goth/industrial attire! Although, they seem pretty lax on the DC from the suprising number of people I saw in blue jeans there.
I frequently get asked at work "Where should we go for a drink?". When I say "the Irish Embassy", I get puzzled stares and maybe a giggle thinking that I am making a joke relating to the Irish stereotype with regards to beer consumption. In fact the Irish Embassy is a very popular, somewhat upscale pub, in the middle of the business district in Toronto. The pub is especially popular with business people after work and all the suits seem to mesh well with the marble-top and brass decor. The Irish Embassy is housed in a building built in 1873 that used to be a bank so it has high ceilings and is very spacious. It is also very popular on the weekends. I come here during important football and hockey matches like the Winter Olympics, European Cup and Champions League games.
Dress Code: At time business attire after work to fit in but usually casual.
The Irish Embassy is a Pub and Grill located in an old bank building built in 1873.
The Main area is huge and high and rather noisy at busy nights.
Good for drinks and food can be picked from these menus:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Bar & Late Night.
Big screens so you don't miss any of the ongoing hockey games.
This fun hotspot is a must while in Toronto. The sleek stylish black and white interior suits the trendy party goers. There is a restaurant in the back and private lounges downstairs. What makes the Lobby fun is the great tunes, service, and sexy clientele.
The Lobby is a local favorite among the Entertainment and Celebrity crowd. I hear it really fills up around the time of the Toronto Film Festival. Like most trendy bars, drinks here aren't cheap. A mixed drink is around $10 CDN.
Dress Code: Dress code here is pretty much anything trendy. You can see guys wear anything from jeans and a t-shirt to a 3 piece suit. The girls do it up right wearing anything with sex appeal.
The Phoenix is a nightclub and an ampitheater of sorts, as the main room has a very high ceiling. On Saturday nights it's hosted by Edge 102.1 deejay Martin Streek (who also hosts Friday nights at The Kingdom/NRG in Burlington). New Rock spins all night in the main room, and hip-hop in the smaller room. There's also a balcony on top, which when there are concerts, is for the 19+ crowd (serves alcoholic beverages).
Usual rock club, if you have ever been to the Kingdom on a Friday night, it is the same kind of people and atmosphere. Parking across the street gets filled up fast, so the best way is either to cab it to the club, or arrive early.
Dress Code: Casual, no dress code.
On Fridays, this is one of two place the Toronto alternative rock music station, Edge 102.1 FM deejays. Host is Josie Dye, who spins new rock and requests all night long. CLub inside looks fairly edgy and usually has a good crowd. There are 2 rooms, the main room has rock, and the smaller room has hip hop. Also, there is a VIP lounge, but I have no idea how to get in!
Drinks are reasonably priced for a Toronto night club. Two bars, very easy to get a spot for a drink.
Cover is $10 CAD, and ladies get in for free before 10:30.
Dress Code: Casual, rock style. No dress code really, but regular club clothes may make you feel a little unconfortable unless you are going to hang out in the hip hop room all night.
Right the main part of dowtown torontos night life is the entertaiment districk which is located on aldeaide and john street, here you will find tready bars and clubs such as the The Mink, Fluide, you have many options to choose from but music wise its just dance and Hip Hop, and recently there has been a bit of trouble in the entertaiment distrikit invloving fights and a bit of gun crime, when i was living in toronto i would always head to college street or kennsigton market, in littly italy, here u will find great bars and clubs, music gigs and freindly people, on a hot summer night its defantly the place to be in toronto, with the outdoor patios you can look cool while drinking a beer or an expresso!!
51st floor of the Manulife Building. $5 to get in, very expensive drinks and medicore finger food/appetizers but the decor, view and atmosphere are very, very good.
Reservations are recommended and make sure you tell them if you want the reservations for dinner because if you don't, they assume it's just for drinks.
Dress Code: Wear nice clothing as it is upscale...not sure if there is a dress or code or not
Most of the hostel was at this gig! There was comedy and music on this free-mic night. A stand up comedian completley embarassed himself (I wish I could remember the tagline but it was a year ago now) What I do remember was a young guy from Vancouver blowing us away with his keyboard and vocals. He sang some great tunes, all of his own creation, fantastic.
If anyone knows this spot please fill in my hazy gaps if you can, thanks.
Not being a night owl I never really experienced much of the late night scene here in Toronto but I am informed that pretty much everywhere has to stop serving alcohol at 2 am. Some bars are quite generous in letting you finish your drinks but others will literally herd you out, finished or not.
Never mind, you can always pick up some non-alcoholic beer from a 24 hr convenience store :(
Dress Code: No glasses on the patio after midnight - hmmm, where's my beer? It's all gone dark, OMG!
If you haven’t heard of Yuk Yuks yet you should get ready. It’s a chain of stand up comedy bars across Canada. I’ve always wanted to go to one and finally got to experience it in Toronto during and overnight stay there.
I was walking up Richmond Street after the Lord of Rings show and found the place. It was only $17 to get a ticket in, so I took advantage of the opportunity. I got the last two acts and one of those was the feature.
JP or Jean Pierre was the first and then came what I call shock comedian John Rouse [http://www.jasonrouse.com/]. Both where hilarious but be warned Jason Rouse’s show is extreme. He pushes the bar and might not be for everyone because it gets worst, worst and worst and the police never show up. He is conceivably the devil. I don’t want my site on VT to be removed so I can’t repeat any of his jokes or it will change the rating of VT.
On this Saturday night the place was blocked and it looked like I was lucky to find a seat. Here is a warning. Once the show starts if you get up out of your seat, you are asking for trouble and don’t say you were not warned.
You are going to stick out and you become the target. Poor soul after soul couldn’t control their bladder and in hind sight probably would of pissed themselves. Once you get your seat there are plenty of waitresses running the tables getting drinks.
I love humor though and seen these shows on television before but it’s not the same as being there live. Definitely go and you’ll be done the show by midnight or so, giving you time to still hit some of the dance clubs on Richmond Street.