Nightclubs and bars, Toronto
This is a pub located in the Beaches area of Toronto. It's fantastic! One of my co-workers is a part-owner of the place and everyone from work just loves it there. They've got the biggest collection of single malt whiskeys in the area. Food is available and it is as tasty as you'll find anyway.
Be sure to check out all the photos on the walls. Many were taken by Terry Culbert (my co-worker) and they focus on the British Isles and pubs and distilleries of that part of the world. I was delighted to see pics of places I had been in Scotland.
Dress Code: Casual
The Madi is in a converted Victorian home. It's got 4 floors, 3 outdoor patios, and I honestly can't even count the rooms inside. The stairwells are steep and crooked, and the rooms are joined by narrow hallways or bridges. All the different rooms have a different feel (English pub, sports room, piano bar). The food is good and the beer flows freely. This place gets packed on weekends, so get there early if you intend to get a table. There is a guy who plays the piano (we call him the piano man) and sings (really well) and takes requests--sometimes the whole room sings along. The Madi is for laid-back fun. No cover, people 21 and under have to show 2 pieces of ID.
Dress Code: Dress casual
Brant House is one of the hottest clubs in Toronto right now. It's 2 large buildings joined by an outdoor walkway (for the smokers). The decor is airy, it has several large bars and a big VIP area. Drinks are expensive and so is cover ($20-25). The problem with this club is getting in, but if you can (ie. you've slept with the owner, you accidently drop a $100 bill into the bouncer's pocket, you dig a tunnel into the washroom) you'll have a great time.
Dress Code: You must dress to impress. Absolutely no running shoes allowed. If the brand of your clothes starts with Giorgio or ends with Gabbana, you're in. Jeans are permitted for girls, but the rest of the outfit must be really good.
One of the best rock-music clubs in the city and located along trendy College St. The crowd is in their 20's and everyone is there to have fun. Cool music, happy people, and average-priced drinks for Toronto. Cover $10. Either be on guest list or arrive early (before 11) or else be prepared to wait upwards of an hour to get in. The party starts at midnight.
Dress Code: Pretty much anything goes. I've seen people in jeans and running shoes to those fully decked out in designer clothes. You'll be most comfortable in jeans and a lighter top because it can get pretty hot inside.
There are way too many clubs in Toronto so finding a good one can be hard. The club scene here is always changing...clubs will open and literally close half a year later. We have too many clubs and not enough clubbers to fill them! There are those tried and true guaranteed full houses but depending on what atmosphere you like, they may not be up to par. The scene here is generally focused on 2 genres: the hiphop scene and the dance music scene. We have some great local DJ's and international big names come to some of our bigger venues on a frequent basis.
Dress Code: Most of the clubs here now have a "style code" As jeans have become a lot more fashionable in a dress code kinda way, there are exceptions made. As long as you look stylish and trendy (and tidy too!) you should have no problems getting into some of the more "stooshy" clubs. Many will not permit you to wear trainers (running shoes) or bandanas or baseball caps. Otherwise, you should be fine!
The best place to see and hear Jazz in Toronto. The Rex used to be a dive where serious drinkers hang out but over the years it has been renovated. Now best Jazz musicians in Canada make frequent visits. The cover charge ranges from $4 to $10. The beer is relatively cheap. So is the food which includes pretty decent burgers. My one problem with the Rex is that it is noisy whereby few patrons actually seem to be terribly interested in listening to the band.
The Rex receives alot of tourist traffic because of it's proximity to the large international hotels. The Hilton is just two blocks east.
Dress Code: Come as you are.
The Healey bar on Spedina is a must, I saw him in London years ago, excellent!
Also just up the road is the Silver Dollar and on Queen's there is the Rex, a must for live music. The Silver Dollar might seem a bit rough for the ladies, especially if you are on your own as the area is a little dubious. But as long as your sensible and into the music its a must do, in Toronto.
Dress Code: anything not too smart.
Guvernment: The biggest club in North America...You have to see here,,wait for long on the line but worths.. has orange room, koolhaus, acid lounge. I mean the club is divided in the sections. The decoration is unbelievable, huge club, huge music system. Dream night! I can not say more than that man.. 10 to 15 bucks cover.
System Sound Bar: Not like guvernment of course. Most people go there for clubbing, taking e's and stuff.But on the positive side, the music is way better than other clubs in Toronto. Has 3 different sections also, the Djs are enourmous. dance like crazy there nobody cares...
Dress Code: No dress code
If you love to dance Latin (salsa, bachata, etc.)check out this club. People who go there are great dancers (it's fun just to watch). But don't get discouraged! They offer free 1 hour lessons on certain nights.
The club is quite small, and gets packed on friday and saturday nights. It can be quite a challenge to win the dance floor :)
The drinks are a bit more expensive than most bars in TO. People who go are more interested in dancing anyway.
Dress Code: Not that I know of.
Fairly new club, so still clean and nice looking. Beautiful dance floor.
Plays Brit-pop, Mod, indie most nights.
For a big city club, the staff and owners are surprisingly nice.
Have live shows sometimes.
Dress Code: Lots of fashionistas!
Rock club, sometimes has bands playing at the front. A lot of rock stars can be seen here when they're in town. Fun club with a fun crowd.
Has various bits of trash on the walls/hanging from the ceiling (like a giant ceramic duck). Benches and tables in the back.
Dress Code: Pretty much anything goes.
A good sports bar with lots of flatscreen tv's and good beer, nice waitresses too.
Dress Code: informal, jeans, shorts, etc.
We found this place as we were walking back to hotel at the end of the day. We stopped in for a beer. Its a nice little place, comfortable, cozy little place.
Dress Code: Casual
Every Thursday at Fluid. Free bottles of champagne for the sexiest female crew. The official club of the Toronto Raptors.
Dress Code: Come fresh, no joke.