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Nightclubs and bars: The Phoneix on A Sturday Night
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.
Nightclubs and bars: The Usually Unnoted Goth Scene
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.
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Auld Spot Pub: Open Music/Jam Nite
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
Nightclubs and bars: Tattoo Rock Parlour: Headbangers Unite!
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.
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Bier Markt: Great Selection of Beer!
Bier Market is the kind of place that has never disappointed me. With a wide selection of beer (of course) it's a great place to go for dinner, or for a night out with some friends. Every time I have been there I have always been pleased the food, drink, music and the overall atmosphere of the place. There are two locations, but I have only ever been to the one on the Esplanade. It's a good place to go if you have people with different ideas of fun on a night out. The front is more open with room to stand and talk, while the back provides a mix of live music and a DJ for those who would prefer to dance. But as I have already mentioned... the selling point is the beer selection. I would definitely recommend a stop by - even if it's not for a night out, stop by for some delicious food!
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Nightclubs and bars: Easy and the Fifth
Fifth Social Club at 80 Duncan Street.
If you're looking for a spot that's grown up & unpretentious come here! It's just North of Croc Rocks, but owns a COMPLETELY different vibe. The crowd is 25 plus dressed their age and everyone here is looking to chill, dance and have a good time. The staff are super friendly (& hot!) and bottles are a good price ($250)
I went here last to celebrate my buddy's promotion & it was a great time! The bottle service girls were awesome and the DJ kicked a$$!
Dress Code: Dress to impress. No sneakers, No hats, No Shorts
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Nightclubs and bars: Music, its what life is for!!
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.
Nightclubs and bars: Always adding more!
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!
Squirly's: laid-back atmosphere
A little dark but still lively, we sat in the covered garden on plush velvety sofas and talked and ate and drank. The ceaser salad was so-so, but the pizza good! You have a choice of toppings and can choose upto three, we had goat's cheese, sun-dried tomato and mushrooms. With a pint of beer it was PERFECT! The pizza was way too much for one sitting and the leftovers tasted even better for lunch with a homemade salad and a glass of Aussie red wine the next day!
Devils Martini: Great 22-30 Club
Just thought I'd mention this Club , its been good to me for the past couple of months, they're are always many many people and always fun. a nice place to meet ladies ;)
Dress Code: not to formal but no hats and no grunge
Nightclubs and bars: Spirits
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
Boa: After 2
Is it 2am and you still feel like partying? Try Boa located in a converted theatre in Chinatown. Although I haven't been there since Danny Teneglia rocked it for 12 straight hours last year I hear things haven't changed.
This is by far my favourite after hours spot in TO. There are lots of chill out couches to hang on and for those who want to boogie there's an enormous 4 level dance floor playing progressive trance/house and a smaller room playing house.
Dress Code: Anything goes.
My Apartment: Great bar for the younger crowd
Great social spot here in downtown Toronto. Cover charge is high so get there before 9 if possible to save on it but the beer is cheap before midnight so one makes up for the other regardless.
Dress Code: Jeans and tees are fine... possibly a no hat policy
Crocidile Rock: Grown Up Bar
If you're in your late 20s early 30s and want to have a great sociable time this could be the place for you. Cover charge is $5 after nine and beer is cheap until midnight. Friday nights are ladies nights..no cover no lineups. Wednesdays are 911.. any emergency service workers get in with no line up and no cover so if you have any firefighter or police officer fantasies this may be the place for you. Note to out of towners... if you happen to be walking by and feel put off by the line up a quick mention to the doorman about being a transplant may help you avoid a wait. The Croc tends to like a mixture of locals and tourists.
Dress Code: Smart Casual (that's what they say on the website people)
Peel Pub: Watch the game
120 0z pitchers of beer a cheapie menu and big screen T.V.s ...what more need be said. Close to the University so tends to draw a younger crowd.. after the game they start clearing away tables to make room for the dance floor and the DJ starts playing all of the music of the moment.
Dress Code: It's a sports bar that turns into a dance bar after the game so either attire will do.
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