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Toronto Nightlife Guide: TOP 20 Bars & Clubs

Toronto Nightlife Guide: TOP 20 Bars & Clubs

on Jan. 15, 2018 by

This is my ultimate Toronto nightlife guide featuring the Top 20 bars & nightclubs which I carefully selected and includes 'something for everyone' ranging from the Rec Room, Tilt, Uniun, Rebel, Madison, SPiN to CODA.

Tips & Advice
  • Why: Largest selection of bars & nightclubs in Canada.
  • When: Spring, Summer & Fall
  • Last Call: 2:00am sadly, special events 4:00am
  • Accomodation: Airbnb in either CityPlace, Queen West or King West

Halloween at &Company in Mississauga (Toronto) in Toronto, Ontario, Canadadelicious octopus at Baro, Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canadanight out with the boys at the Thompson Hotel rooftop with DJ Andy Warburton in Toronto, Ontario, Canadabizarre BDSM events at Uniun Nightclub in Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

I have spent the last decade living in Toronto and during these 10 years seen a lot of nightclubs and bars come and go. It was very difficult to make a Top 20 list of my favorite establishments that I consider here to stay.

Places

  • 1. Belfast Love

    Great laid back bar for drinks, food, billiards and their funky dance floor. (map)

  • 2. SPiN

    Large underground ping-pong bar, one of the coolest locations in Toronto. (map)

  • 3. Baro

    One of the more upscale restaurants on King St with an incredible menu. (map)

  • 4. Escobar

    Above Baro you'll find Escobar, a Columbian themed upscale dim house club. (map)

  • 5. The Dime

    Perhaps the best place for good music and amazing food, especially on a budget, all dishes are $5! (map)

  • 6. Cold Tea

    Unique hidden dive bar located in a creepy corridor behind a large metal door. (map)

  • 7. Drake Hotel

    Considered the best place for a solid night out in Toronto, known for attracting a good looking crowd and offers 3 large floors.

  • 8. Rock n Horse

    Beer, country music, line dancing and a mechanical bull. This bar is your ultimate country destination! (map)

  • 9. The Citizen

    Popular hookup place with a large dance floor and good looking crowd. The Citizen is a truly place to mingle when you are single! (map)

  • 10. Madison Pub

    Largest pub in North-America known for having 6 floors, 11 bars and 3 patios. A popular student bar that is not to be missed!

  • 11. The Rec Room

    My favorite spot in Toronto for its many arcades, board games, food court, weekend night club and local crowd. Do not miss the crazy VR experience!

  • 12. Tilt Arcade Bar

    Coolest arcade bar in Toronto, for $5 entrance you get to play all their games for free including their massive pinball machine collection.

  • 13. Thompson Rooftop

    Super upscale bar but offering the most incredible views of the Toronto skyline, please dress to impress!

  • 14. Wildflower

    Also located at the Thompson Hotel, Wildflower is a tidy upscale club with a hot looking crowd dancing to rap & hip hop.

  • 15. Figures

    Unique comic book themed bistro and nightclub, go here for a classy dinner party and get greeted by Darth Vader himself. (map)

  • 16. Uniun

    For fist pumping roll by Uniun, they offer a large dance floor and unique light system, music of choice: EDM (map)

  • 17. Rebel

    Largest nightclub in Toronto with an incredible dance floor and light system. Make sure to check their events page!

  • 18. Maison

    A Toronto classic for an upscale night out, Maison is also known for their popular Halloween parties. (map)

  • 19. Coda

    Techno heads can find their soul at the popular CODA nightclub inviting often popular techno DJs. (map)

  • 20. Nest

    Another popular techno club in Toronto and in close proximity to Coda. (map)

  • 21. Cabana Pool Bar

    BONUS: for a good day time party do not miss a sunny day party experience at Cabana rocking incredible views of Toronto. (map)

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Toronto is massive and counts over 400 bars & nightclubs thus I recommend planning out your night carefully especially during the winter months and take an Uber or Lyft between the districts. The most prominent nightlife entertainment districts are King St West, Queen St West, Ossington and the Docks.

Sundays at Uniun Nightclub in Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, CanadaSundays at Uniun Nightclub in Toronto

Start off you Toronto nightlife adventure with local food and drinks at one of the many social bars like the Rec Room and Tilt Arcade Bar at which you can play video game arcades while you can drink.

special concert by Cybertronic Spree at the Rec Room in Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canadaunlimited pinball machines at Tilt Arcade Bar Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canadadelicious salad at Williams Landing in Toronto, Ontario, Canadawith my best buddy at Williams Landing in Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canadawith friends celebrating a birthday at Belfast Love in Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canadawith my buddy from Chile at The Dime in Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada$5 dishes at The Dime in Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada$5 dishes at The Dime in Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Munch on mindblasting food at Belfast Love, a popular social bar with beer tables and billiards. Alternatively, grab a fancy meal at Baro, an upscale restaurant serving incredible dishes, try ordering their 'Big Ass Steak' haha! If you are on a budget check out The Dime, all their dishes are served for $5 each and are quite delicious.

visually appealing tiradito dish at Baro in Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canadavisually appealing tiradito dish at Baro in Toronto

Amazing bars and nightclubs on King St include SPiN for cocktails and ping-pong, Everleigh, hookup bar The Citizen for its large dance floor, Maison, Thompson Rooftop and the giant nightclub Uniun for its fistpumpin' EDM.

with my friends at Uniun Nightclub in Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canadaincredible decor and light show at Uniun Nightclub in Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canadacelebrating halloween at Maison Nightclub in Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canadagetting cornered by the BDSM girls at Maison Nightclubs Halloween Party in Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, CanadaCanada Day fireworks in Toronto, Ontario, Canadaaverage night at Belfast Love in Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canadaaverage night at The Citizen in Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canadait is always busy at Everleigh Nightclub in Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Top of your nightlife at one of the high profile bars & nightclubs in the city like Rebel, Drake Hotel and CODA. Now on the downside, remember that the Toronto nightlife is short-lived with bars closing at 2:00am and clubs at 3:00am which could feel like a rushed evening.

an incredible evening with my friends at the Thompson Hotel lobby in Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canadaan incredible evening with my friends at the Thompson Hotel lobby in Toronto

These are some of my favorites photos I took throughout the Toronto nightlife the past few years.

Toronto skyline with CityPlace in the foreground in Toronto, Ontario, Canadamy favorite DJs Hotel Garuda playing their set at the Velvet Underground in Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canadaattending a cozy Toronto house party for christmas in Toronto, Ontario, CanadaFREE popcorn at Rebel Nightclub in Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canadaenjoying my currywurst at Belfast Love in Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canadahaving dinner with good friends at Baro Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, CanadaBaro Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canadaattend an event at The Budweiser Stage, this was Green Day live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Do you want more tips for Toronto's Nightlife?

  1. Ripley's Aquarium, has a Friday night cocktail party every second Friday of the month. Go watch the sharks, jelly fish and sting rays.
  2. Nuit Blanche, most bizarre event in Toronto. Streets will be shutdown to display unique street art until sunrise in September.
  3. Ossington Street, one of the more popular streets for hipsters and awesome dive bars.
  4. Karaoke, end your night at Toronto's many karaoke lounges like Dragoncity Karaoke, 8090, B Boss or the incredible Bar+.
  5. Dreams, is another massive summer festival with a fantastic EDM lineup.

go for an evening ice skating course at Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto, Ontario, Canadaalways crowded at the Madison student pub in Toronto, Ontario, Canadathe famous Drake Hotel in Toronto, Ontario, Canadaviews of downtown Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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