If you're looking to rocknroll all night, Tattoo is the right place.
Sexy and edgy are the words I'd use to describe the club itself as well as the crowd.
It's the only club I've gone to in Toronto, where the girls aren't snotty to one another, and the guys aren't looking to start a fight. Everyone is here to dance..and headbang.
The club has two floors: Main Room and Lounge.
Main room is where I usually stay as it's roomy and not as intimate as the lounge.
As for music, everything from the classics such as AC/DC to the newer stuff like Broken Social Scene is played.
Fridays at Tattoo they play Alternative, Modern Rock, and Classic Rock.
Saturdays at Tattoo they play Dance Rock.
Dress Code: Whatever you please. Because the crowd here is fairly diverse, you'll find everything from neon leotards to provacative clubwear.
Pravda was recommended to us by some locals and I wish we had more time to spend there. We only had time for one Martini - during Happy Hour, in which they have a select group of Martinis for lower price. I would have loved to try some of the other vodkas they had on display behind the bar. (I had the Perestroika, which was good, if a little on the sweet side.)
As you may have guessed by now, this is a Soviet Union themed bar, complete with Soviet Flag, nesting dolls and other themed decoration.
For a fun night out in Toronto, check out The Devil's Martini! It's a very large club with a great layout for mingling. Most people are very friendly and out to have a good time. It caters to the 25+ crowd -- and the music is not so loud that you can't have a conversation.
On Saturday night, get there early or you will have to wait in a long line! Also, watch out for some of the aggressive women attending bachelorette parties. Some may even try to get you to give them articles of your clothing! When I was there, some women attending one such party asked me to give them one of my socks (haha). Great place -- highly recommended!
Dress Code: Casual, but neat
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.
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