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  • 1. Bellwoods Brewery

    Ossington

    This restaurant, bar, and on-site brewery has been a smash hit since it opened in 2012. If the sun is shining, expect a line for...

    This restaurant, bar, and on-site brewery has been a smash hit since it opened in 2012. If the sun is shining, expect a line for the spacious patio, a great spot to sample the always evolving craft beer selection. Sour-beer fans should try the seasonal fruit-infused Jelly King, which has beer drinkers queueing up at the bottle shop on release day. The hearty snacks run the gamut from Canadian cheeses and terrine to a crispy Newfoundland cod sandwich.

    124 Ossington Ave., Toronto, Ontario, M6J 2Z5, Canada
  • 2. Canoe

    Financial District | Bars/Pubs

    Though it's primarily a restaurant, Canoe, on the 54th floor of the Toronto-Dominion Bank tower, is worth a trip just for a drink at the bar...

    Though it's primarily a restaurant, Canoe, on the 54th floor of the Toronto-Dominion Bank tower, is worth a trip just for a drink at the bar and a panoramic view of the lake. It has what might be the city's best Niagara wine selection and an extensive list of international bottles, as well as cocktails and beer. It's popular with finance types from the neighboring towers, who suit the swank surroundings. Go just before sunset to make the most of the view.

    66 Wellington St. W, between York and Bay Sts., Toronto, Ontario, M5K 1H6, Canada
    416-364–0054

    Nightlife Details

    Rate Includes: Mon.–Fri. 11:45 am–10:30 pm, Closed Sat. and Sun.
  • 3. Danforth Music Hall

    Danforth

    Built as a cinema in 1919, this stately theater is now a live music venue that attracts popular touring acts that run the gamut of...

    Built as a cinema in 1919, this stately theater is now a live music venue that attracts popular touring acts that run the gamut of punk, rock, rap, folk, electronic music, and even stand-up comedy. Notable performers have included Rihanna, Blue Rodeo, Lizzo, and Echo and the Bunnymen.

    147 Danforth Ave., Toronto, Ontario, M4K 1N2, Canada
    416-778--8163
  • 4. Drom Taberna

    Queen West

    Part rustic Balkan eatery, part cabaret, Drom Taberna is alive with the spirit of the Romani people. Every night of the week you'll be able...

    Part rustic Balkan eatery, part cabaret, Drom Taberna is alive with the spirit of the Romani people. Every night of the week you'll be able to experience a wide range of global sounds from Middle Eastern--influenced flamenco to interactive Balfolk dancing. Menu must-tries include čevapi (a Bosnian grilled meat staple) and goulash, and no meal would be complete without a bowl of Ukrainian-style borscht. Armenian, Croatian, and Georgian wines dominate the drinks list, along with a dozen different herbal digestifs, rakijas, and palinkas (fruit brandies).

    458 Queen St. W, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 2A8, Canada
    647-748--2099

    Nightlife Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Tues.
  • 5. Horseshoe Tavern

    Queen West

    This legendary, low-ceilinged rock bar on Queen West has earned a reputation as the place to play for local acts and touring bands alike. Opened...

    This legendary, low-ceilinged rock bar on Queen West has earned a reputation as the place to play for local acts and touring bands alike. Opened in 1947 as a country music venue, the Shoe (as it's often called) hosted greats like Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, and the Carter Family. The venue's scope widened to include the emerging folk, rock, and punk scenes in the 1960s and '70s, giving way to early appearances by the Police, Tom Waits, and Talking Heads. The Rolling Stones even played a now-legendary surprise set here in 1997. Today, the venue books rock, indie, and punk acts from home and abroad.

    370 Queen St. W, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 2A2, Canada
    416-598--4226
  • 6. Lula Lounge

    Ossington

    Latin-music lovers of all ages dress up to get down to live Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and salsa music at this old-school hot spot. Now over two...

    Latin-music lovers of all ages dress up to get down to live Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and salsa music at this old-school hot spot. Now over two decades old, Lula has become a global music institution, going beyond those genres into samba, cumbia, reggae, Indigenous throat singing, and anything else you can think of. Weekend salsa nights include dance lessons, live band performances, and a prix-fixe menu (C$64). Lula is also an arts center, with dance and drumming lessons and a multitude of festivals and cultural events.

    1585 Dundas St. W, Toronto, Ontario, M6K 1T9, Canada
    416-588–0307
  • 7. Writers Room Bar

    Yorkville

    Such Canadian literary luminaries as Margaret Atwood and Mordecai Richler have used the 17th-floor Park Hyatt bar as a setting in their writings, and now...

    Such Canadian literary luminaries as Margaret Atwood and Mordecai Richler have used the 17th-floor Park Hyatt bar as a setting in their writings, and now it's been renamed the Writers Room. A popular date spot, it's also a good place to sip a glass of wine, scotch, or a cocktail and soak in the city. The chic bar has big, open windows and an impressive patio that offers some of the most breathtaking views of the city, including the nearby ROM and University of Toronto. Inventive, spirit-forward cocktails (presented with quotes from books) come with little bowls of nuts and olives. There are also adventurous sharing plates like foie gras doughnuts, beef tartare, and oysters.

    4 Avenue Rd., Toronto, Ontario, M5R 2E8, Canada
    416-948--3140
  • 8. Amsterdam BrewHouse

    Harbourfront

    This brewpub features two massive bars with more than 10 local brews on tap, an open-concept kitchen with an imported Italian wood-burning pizza oven, and...

    This brewpub features two massive bars with more than 10 local brews on tap, an open-concept kitchen with an imported Italian wood-burning pizza oven, and a sprawling patio with stunning views of the Toronto Islands. The building, a former 1930s boathouse, also houses a brewery; tours and beer tastings are available daily. Tours are free, but book in advance.

    245 Queens Quay W, Toronto, Ontario, M5J 2K9, Canada
    416-504–1020
  • 9. Avling

    Leslieville

    Known as much for its industrial-chic pastel interior as it is for its reliable selection of small-batch beers, this modern brewery is proudly local-first. Many...

    Known as much for its industrial-chic pastel interior as it is for its reliable selection of small-batch beers, this modern brewery is proudly local-first. Many of its brews are made from 99% Ontario ingredients, and the staff grow produce and herbs for stellar seasonal small plates in a rooftop garden.

    1042 Queen St. E, Toronto, Ontario, M4M1K4, Canada
    416-469--1010

    Nightlife Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon.
  • 10. Axis Club

    Little Italy

    Renovated in 2021, this mid-size club and concert venue boasts impressive lighting and sound systems. The roster includes a mix of live acts (from pop...

    Renovated in 2021, this mid-size club and concert venue boasts impressive lighting and sound systems. The roster includes a mix of live acts (from pop and rap to jazz and indie), touring DJs, and dance parties. Get down on the main dance floor, or head to the upper deck for seating and a killer view of the stage.

    722 College St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 11. Bar Chef

    Queen West | Bars/Pubs

    The dark interior features dimly lit chandeliers and tabletop candles, which set the stage for Chef Frankie Solarik's wild and wonderful concoctions...

    The dark interior features dimly lit chandeliers and tabletop candles, which set the stage for Chef Frankie Solarik's wild and wonderful concoctions that force patrons to reimagine classic cocktails. Each cocktail is "gastro," meaning liquid nitrogen is used; so when it's poured into the glass the contents foam over like a foggy mist onto the table or turn into ice shards. Small dishes accompany each beverage that contain wee bits of food (like foams in a spoon, gels, truffle dust, etc...), which create a complete sensory experience. Fans of whisky should order their signature Vanilla and Hickory Smoked Manhattan which clocks in at C$45.

    472 Queen St. W., Toronto, Ontario, M5V 2B2, Canada
    416-868–4800
  • 12. Bar Hop Brewco

    Queen West

    One of the city’s most interesting destinations for beer, Bar Hop Brewco features an ever-changing lineup of 40 rare and one-off beers on tap. The...

    One of the city’s most interesting destinations for beer, Bar Hop Brewco features an ever-changing lineup of 40 rare and one-off beers on tap. The location just off Queen West features an aging room for beers, a large and sunlit rooftop patio overlooking the main drag, and a menu of refined beer-laced eats like Porter-glazed garlicky mushrooms, bacon-and-blue-cheese mussels with baguette, and bone marrow poutine.

    137 Peter St., Toronto, Ontario, M5V 2H3, Canada
    647-348--1137
  • 13. Bar Volo

    Church–Wellesley

    Tucked down a cobblestone laneway across the street from its original location on Yonge Street, Bar Volo is one of the city's top destinations for...

    Tucked down a cobblestone laneway across the street from its original location on Yonge Street, Bar Volo is one of the city's top destinations for beer lovers. Once specializing in rare and one-off brews from other breweries (still a major, the new location at the other two Volo locations in Little Italy), Bar Volo now has its own brewery on-site. That means you can get traditional English-style hand-pulled cask beers, highly drinkable German and Italian-style lagers, and some hoppy ales. It's a European style, which means the beers are all well-made, approachable classics and not too wacky (though you can find some of those on the beer list as well). For non-beer drinkers, there's also a full cocktail program and a full list of natural wines they import themselves. After pandemic-era changes to the city's liquor laws, those one-off wines and beers are all available to buy and take home. Or sip them alongside southern Italian tapas inside or on the sizable front patio.

    17 Nicholas St., Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 3G4, Canada
    416-928–0018

    Nightlife Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon.
  • 14. Betty's

    Old Town

    This laid-back dive bar has an excellent selection of draft beers and classic pub fare, from poutine to nachos and chicken wings. It’s a fun...

    This laid-back dive bar has an excellent selection of draft beers and classic pub fare, from poutine to nachos and chicken wings. It’s a fun spot to watch sports.

    240 King St. E, Toronto, Ontario, M5A 1K1, Canada
    416-368–1300
  • 15. Bier Markt

    Old Town

    With more than 150 beers from 30 countries, including 50 on tap, this enormous restaurant/bar has a corner on the international beer market, but the...

    With more than 150 beers from 30 countries, including 50 on tap, this enormous restaurant/bar has a corner on the international beer market, but the best thing about it is the oversize year-round sidewalk patio on the Esplanade, ideal for an afternoon brew. The lines are ridiculous on weekends—do as the locals do and go midweek instead.

    58 The Esplanade, Toronto, Ontario, M5E 1R2, Canada
    416-862–7575
  • 16. Birreria Volo

    Little Italy

    The family that runs this narrow beer bar has a side business importing rare brews from all over the world, so you know whatever's on...

    The family that runs this narrow beer bar has a side business importing rare brews from all over the world, so you know whatever's on tap—whether it's brewed in Ontario or Belgium—is going to be stellar. The setting feels decidedly Old World, complete with weathered brick walls and a hidden patio space that feels like a walled-off courtyard. A specialty grocer and bottle shop, Bottega Volo, is two doors down.

    612 College St., Toronto, Ontario, M6G 1B4, Canada
    416-531--7373

    Nightlife Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon.
  • 17. Boutique Bar

    Church–Wellesley

    In comparison to the raucous, glittering scene you'll find nearby, Boutique Bar is a (relatively) low-key spot for a cocktail, whether you're feeling like a...

    In comparison to the raucous, glittering scene you'll find nearby, Boutique Bar is a (relatively) low-key spot for a cocktail, whether you're feeling like a classic negroni, a martini, or one of the house creations. If you can, grab a spot on the tiny front patio and watch the comings and goings along Church Street. DJs bring the party on weekends.

    506 Church St., Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 2C8, Canada
    647-705--0006
  • 18. Bymark

    Financial District | Bars/Pubs

    Located in the heart of the Financial District, this culinary oasis is popular with the business suits that work in the area. Don't let that...

    Located in the heart of the Financial District, this culinary oasis is popular with the business suits that work in the area. Don't let that keep you away though, because this downtown hotspot offers a sun-filled patio that's hidden from the hustle and bustle of Wellington Street. Bartenders whip up phenomenal cocktails while the kitchen creates harmonious textures and flavors on your plate.

    66 Wellington St. W., Toronto, Ontario, M5K 1M6, Canada
    416-777–1144
  • 19. C'est What

    Old Town

    In a cozy underground setting that's part beer cellar, part library, and part pool hall, C'est What offers more than 40 taps of Canadian beer,...

    In a cozy underground setting that's part beer cellar, part library, and part pool hall, C'est What offers more than 40 taps of Canadian beer, plus a menu of globally inspired pub grub. The main room is home to a couple of pool tables and a comfy fireplace area lined with couches, while an adjoining room hosts live folk, rock, and roots acts a few times a week.

    67 Front St. E, Toronto, Ontario, M5E 1B5, Canada
    416-867–9499

    Nightlife Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon.
  • 20. C'est What?

    Old Town | Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

    C'est What?. C'est What? has a wide selection of exclusively Canadian craft brews. 67 Front St. E , at Church , Old Town , Toronto , ON...

    C'est What?. C'est What? has a wide selection of exclusively Canadian craft brews. 67 Front St. E, at Church, Old Town, Toronto, ON, M5E 1B5. 416/867–9499. www.cestwhat.com. King.

    67 Front St. E, at Church, Toronto, Ontario, M5E 1B5, Canada
    416-867–9499

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