Multiple Bars/Lounges: Windsor's Nightclubs Strip
Windsor's nightlife is quite nice in comparison to closer towns/cities. Cheap drinks and bar food, awesome variety of music, and a place for everyone (rock bars, top 40 dance bars, mature crowds, younger crowds, American crowds, & LGBT bars). Although bars are changing constantly, the best ones are the ones that stand the test of time.
I rate the Loop (Chatam St. W.): fairly well. Although it cost $5 for admittance & there's some stairs you'll have to drunkenly conquer, you will never be let down. Amazing mix of old & new tunes, awesome drinks (Double Mud, Windex) and enjoyable crowd. I have never had a bad time at the Loop - A mix of young and mature crowds, LGBT friendly, & whatever you want to wear.
Lefty's Underground (University Ave.): is a fairly good bar if you're looking for very cheap drinks and top dance tunes. For a medium sized bar, it never seems too crowded - Younger crowd & casual bar attire.
The Honest Lawyer (Ouelette Ave.): A mix between a dance bar/sports bar, the Lawyer's got awesome food and cheap pints. There's pool-tables and arcade games on one side, seating in between, and a dance floor on the other side. The crowd's younger & the bar is spacious. - A tad dressy.
Boom Boom Room (Ouelette) & 29th and Park(29 Park St. W.): These two bars attract the same 'muscle-head' crowds. Both require dressy attire, both play top 40/techno, and both have expensive drinks. - 19-30 year old crowds.
Papa Cheney's (Riverside Dr.): Such good appetizers and food specials. Not a dance bar, seating downstairs & couches, pool-tables upstairs. Reasonably priced drinks, especially their 'fishbowls'. Mix aged crowd.
Bull & Barrel (Ouelette): a bit of a walk away from the main strip, this bar is the only country bar downtown. Equipped with a riding-bull and a fairly large dance floor, if you love country you love it here. An added bonus, the female bartenders/waitresses dance on the bar occasionally. - 19-25 year old crowd & country attire (a.k.a. a lot of plaid)
Sin/Voodoo/Old School: these are the noted American/under-age bars, essentially stay away unless you're looking for a bad time.
Dress Code: Various dress-codes, mostly bar attire (casual-dressy).
- Food and Dining
The Office Bar & Lounge: Bad Club
Went to the bar and ascetically the bar was average compared to other nightclubs in Windsor. Prices were slightly hire than the other bars. The staff members were fairly nice. Despite the nice staff the bar is being run terribly, the owner demeanour was offensive he walked around the bar and acted with such a hierarchy above every person in the bar. If you are visiting or are from the area there are several bars that much better to go to in this city. I truly will no be very surprised when I see a for sale sign outside their doors. I give this bar two big thumbs down
Dress Code: No Hats
Ouellette Avenue Bars: "Party Alley"
Windsor has a vivacious bar scene, centered on Ouellette Avenue between Wyandotte Street and the river. This 5-block strip is crammed with clubs, mostly due to the volume of American students taking advantage of Ontario's drinking age (19). On the weekend, people are everywhere, dressed up and trolling the strip, or in long lines snaking from club doors. A night out on the town won't even cost you that much - fierce competition means drinks are cheap!
Dress Code: For girls, dressy young clubwear. For guys, casual but neat outfits.
- School Holidays
The Zebra Room: Gothic/Industrial Bar
This is a neat little club just off the main club strip. I went there on Friday night, when it's hosted by The Electric Front radio station. Expect LOUD industrial and EBM, with a mixed goth and mainstream crowd. The club layout is quite snazzy - mirrors and zebra stripes decorate the long dancefloor flanked by seating. The age range is a bit higher than some other clubs. I'd say patrons were mostly in their early twenties but extended up to 30 or so.
Dress Code: Wear vinyl and platforms if you wish, but anything black will do.
Aardvark Blues Cafe: Somewhere to Chill out
THIS PLACE IS AWESOME. ALL THE BARS ON THE MAIN STRIP ARE O.K. BUT THE'RE ALL THE SAME GIRL AND GUY WATCHING GAME.
IF YOU WANT TO JUST HANG OUT AND HEAR GREAT LIVE MUSIC THIS IS THE ONLY SPOT TO DO IT WITHOUT A COVER CHARGE.
I WAS IMPRESSED.
Dress Code: JEANS AND T-SHIRTS MAINLY.
- Business Travel
- School Holidays
The Beach: Beware
Attention- Ive finally decided to write about 'The Beach NIghtclub' located in Windsor's dowtown district which otherwise I can't say enough GOOD things about. Unfortunately 'The Beach' usually known as the 'underagers' hangout of the street now has an even worse downside. I now have heard 3 different stories about purses being stolen at this bar. I personally never bring in my purse but I guess at this bar it happens more often then not. The bartenders are known for trying to short change you almost everytime you go to buy a drink. I heard the owner is being sued for seriously injuring a man in the bar and is now in court for it. so he might be the one that needs the xtra cash from the purse snatchings.
As far as personal experience goes, I once walked in the washroom and the toilet had overflowed and it covered the ground completely, so a friend and I told one of the employees, but when we returned almost 2 hours later it was still flooded! It was absolutley sick. I love downtown Windsor and I want you to aswell, so if you are a person who values hygiene and is looking to meet someone over the age of 16, steer clear of The Beach. Unless they are under new ownership. Then you can disregard this message.
- School Holidays
- Arts and Culture
Danny's: Brace Yourselves!
It's finally time for the ladies to get their turn!
Perfect for bachelorette parties, Danny's is the hot spot where the atmosphere is hot and the male dancers are even hotter!! This is an ALL nude male strip club. Prepare to drop a lot of cash however. Drinks are usually priced around $5-$8 Canadian and there IS a 2 drink minimum. People not drinking at their table have been known to get booted from the table to make room for people willing to spend money on beverages. Cover is $10 American or $15 Canadian. Lap dances are $5 Canadian, plus tip of course, and every dancer is well worth it. Bachelorette parties, birthdays and other special occasions can be well accommodated by staff if making reservations.
Dress Code: Dress to impress. Dressy or club attire is what you usually see. Jeans are permitted, but please dress them up. Remember this is a club with ALL female clientele, and exotic male dancers.
various: Too many places to remember
Back in my younger years (I would say from 1991 to 1993), my friends and I would frequent the nightlife in Windsor, as it was just over the bridge and we were legally old enough to enter the bars and clubs.
Our favorite spots were Peppermint's, O'Tooles, Bernie's World, Bentley's, and the Canada Tavern. Not sure how many of those places are still standing today---if I remember correctly, Bentley's and the Tavern are the only places still in existence. But Windsor definitely has plenty of places to visit on Friday and Saturday nights...I recommend going a little deeper into the source to find out exactly what type of bar makes you happy.
Dress Code: Most of the party crowd in Windsor will be donning the usual club attire, however some places are a little more casual and you'll find the majority of the crowd in jeans. Check out local websites to find out for sure before choosing a bar or club in Windsor for more information on dress codes and locations, music types, etc.
CASINO WINDSOR: SHOWTIME LOUNGE
For an evening of superior Las Vegas style entertainment SHOWTIME LOUNGE at Casino Windsor, offers an intimate setting for a variety of shows. You'll hear celebrity impersonators singing classic chart toppers, watch Vegas-style revues or enjoy side-splitting comedy.
One of my favourite shows is the "Caverners" who do a great job as, you guessed it, the Beatles.
Dress Code: Casual dress
- Family Travel
Dean Martini's: Great 25+ club
In this university town it is sometimes hard to find a great club if you are over 25. It is sometimes equally harder to find somewhere that everyone is not in ball caps and runners. Dean Martini's is a classy fun club that appeals to the 25+crowd. The music is great the decor is very swanky and the drinks are well priced, I highly recommend this place. The location is good too it is right downtown and close to the casino.
Dress Code: No sneakers, no ball caps. Jeans are ok as long as they are nice ones. The attire is usually a little bit dressier than most pubs/clubs in Windsor.
Windsor Raceway: Horse Racing & Casino
The Windsor Raceway doubles your fun. On the one hand you've got your Horse Races and on the other hand you've got your casino.
The Horse races are live races almost every day. It's a lot of fun watching the races, but you can also place your bets here.
The casino consists of hundreds of slot machines in all different kinds.
- Casino and Gambling
Patrick O'Ryans Irish Public House: Celtic music
The singers were wonderful. They kept the people clapping and cherry. We loved this place. There is an upstairs and a downstairs. We got there to late for food. They have over 25 imported domestic beers.
Dress Code: Casual dress. We observed all ages there. Open Mon-Fri 11am-2am, Sat & Sun 12pm-2am
- Family Travel
- Budget Travel
- Beer Tasting
Pepper's, Joker's Etc.: Clubbin' Attire
Canadian clubs, atleast that I have been to, are a little more classy and formal than the ones we have around here. No, you cannot wear your sweatpants and nascar t-shirt!
Dress Code: Dressier slacks or skirts or a flirty little dress for women, maybe some black pants and a button up shirt for guys. Jeans, sneakers and sweatpants - NO!
- Beer Tasting
- Study Abroad