Toronto's Best Nightlife: Find Late-Night Fun in These Party Spots
As so eloquently stated in the 90s comedy Wayne's World: "It's party time! Excellent." (Now that Mike Myers has cemented his Canadian celebrity status by making it onto a stamp, a quote by him is reputable). If you want to watch the dark night become darker and "just one drink" turn into "too many drinks" we have your party-central destinations in Toronto. Being the Canadian city with the largest population, Toronto's only problem when it comes to nightlife is too much choice.
You can certainly go the comedy route with a visit to Chicago's sister location of Second City or Comedy Bar. Similarly, Toronto has the spots to... Read more »
Grungy and rough on the outside, this local bar is all about the music on the inside and has a Toronto history that is unparalleled.
Local Expert Tip: "The size of the venue guarantees that you do not have to worry about acoustics, but the layout can make it hard to see the stage. As soon as the band gets close to starting, make sure you are near the front for the best view. "
This lively restaurant will welcome you and your fifteen closest friends. At least one of them ought to succumb to the mechanical bull. Here's hoping.
Local Expert Tip: "There are lots of large and small plates to make this a happy experience for a ravenous group. Try the amazing nachos, which are piled high with everything from chipotle chicken to pulled pork to queso fresco. A meal in itself."
- Type: Lounge
- Neighborhood: Downtown
Open throughout the week, C Lounge is the place to go if you don't only want to save your parties for the weekend.
Local Expert Tip: "Visit C Lounge in the summer and visit their patio. With a giant fountain as a centrepiece and fire pits that provide warmth as the evening cools, it is the romantic location to get the night started."
- Type: Comedy Club
- Neighborhood: Downtown
If laughing until your stomach hurts is your idea of a good night out, make a trip to Second City your first choice.
Local Expert Tip: "If you are lucky enough to be a student, get yourself to a show for a severely discounted price. There is only a limited number available each evening (comedians have to make a living too). Bring your student card, as your wrinkle-free skin is unfortunately not enough."
A little old Hollywood and a little rock and roll. Leave your inner prude at home.
Local Expert Tip: "Although it's not easy to find the entrance, look for the red door with the crystal chandelier. Being in the know works wonders to get you towards a VIP life."
The Garrison is the place for indie music fans with a full rosta of weekly entertainment for hipsters.
Local Expert Tip: "Tuesdays are $2 steak taco night, which will go nicely with the many inexpensive beers in house."
Inspired by sixties and seventies designs, stepping into Cube might make you feel as if you were at Studio 54. In a good way.
Local Expert Tip: "Cube is a great spot to spend a summer evening. The terrace overlooks the CN Tower directly, making it an urban dweller's dream."
Just over 30 years old, but young at heart, Rivoli is a Toronto favourite.
Local Expert Tip: "The pool tables fill up quickly on weekends, so let the bartender know you would like to be put on the list. While you wait, have a beer and enjoy the art of people watching on Queen West."
Sketch comedy, improv and stand-up unite for the sole purpose of making you laugh until your face hurts.
Local Expert Tip: "This comedy club gets packed to the gills on the weekends. Go early so that you don't have to stand on your toes for the show."
Dusting off your old dance moves at El Rancho is a good time in any language. Bring a group of friends.
Local Expert Tip: "El Rancho can get busy once the night heats up, so if you need some time to work on the steps, come early so that you can space out. After midnight, it gets packed and sweaty, but we hear that tequila helps people to like that sort of thing."
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