Toronto has plenty of nightlife for all ages and interests. If you would like to see opera or ballet, find out what’s happening at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, home to the Canadian Opera Company and the National Ballet. The Canadian Stage Company also has regular performances or you could head over to the Entertainment District to catch a musical. To find out about events in music venues playing jazz, Latin, blues, rock, hip-hop and everything in-between pick up the free weeklies Now and Eye available around town. There’s no shortage of trendy clubs and bars in Toronto. Martini Bars such as The Pravda Vodka Bar are all the rage and some, including The Devil’s Martini, morph into dance clubs after happy hour is finished.
You’ll find that most bars and pubs in the Entertainment and Financial District are geared first to the working locals and then to theatregoers. If you wait until after 11 pm, the loft-dance clubs in the Entertainment District get started and things start jumping. Queen Street West is popular with the just under 40 crowd for its artsy bars and cafes. Both the Gladstone and Drake Hotel usually have some kind of cutting edge performance going but they are also great places to have a drink and people watch. For great local pubs and late night cafes, head over to the Annex and Little Italy. If you’re looking for an upscale hotel lounge with a decent dancefloor, (or to celebrity watch) head to Yorkville. Gay nightlife can be found around Church and Wellesley. Both Fly and the Barn have huge dance floors with great A-List DJs. Everyone is welcome to come and dance the night away.
Freelance travel writer and editor, Shelagh McNally has been a world traveler since her teens. After 20 years in Toronto, she left her job as Communications Officer for a major bank and moved to Puerto Morelos, Mexico where she helped establish the Miami Herald’s satellite office in Cancun.
She went on to contribute to 12 editions of Fodor’s travel... Read More