Taking a trip to Toronto? Want to ensure you don’t miss out on all the city has to offer? You’ll want to check out some of the best bars and hip hangouts that are dotted around the city and which are the best places to meet interesting new people and have fun new experiences.
After visiting official-canada-eta.com to secure your right to visit Canada, you’ll want to get right to the good stuff – planning your itinerary of bars and clubs that you’ll want to visit while in Toronto. To help you out, here is my list of Toronto’s hippest hangouts:
This 12,000-square foot party palace consists of two bars, twelve ping pong tables and some of the best cocktails and draft beers you’re likely to find in the whole of Canada. The bar regularly works double time as a nightclub, and when it does, it hosts some of the hottest DJ’s around. Located in the King West area, it is easily accessible and a great way to relax after a day of sightseeing.
The Panorama Lounge, which is located on the 51st floor of the Manulife Centre is a bar with a view. If you want to sip cocktails while enjoying spectacular views over Lake Ontario, this cool modern bar on Bloor Street is the place for you.
The Horseshoe Tavern on Queen Street has been a staple of Toronto nightlife since 1947. Since then, it has hosted some of the most impressive acts in history including The Barenaked Ladies, The Police and Joel Plaskett. If you want to spend some time in a relaxed environment with good company and great music, to keep you warm on your winter break, you won’t want to miss out on the Horseshoe Tavern and all it has to offer. Ideally, you should try to visit when there is some live music playing there to make the most of your experience.
If you’re more into dive bars, you’ll want to head to 431 College Street, which is the home of Sneaky Dee’s – a two story graffiti adorned club, where you can buy beer for $3 and listen to some great tunes. Scott Pilgrim fans might even recognize the place from the movie, in which it featured. BONUS: Be sure to try the huge nacho plates. They’re amazing.
Spice Route is another great King West bar, which combines great Asian bistro food with great drinks. I would highly recommend going there even if it’s only to try the Mango Tamarind Martini, which is to die for.
Burdock is a Bloor Street Bar which has a kitchen that is connected to a music hall and brewery. The bar has a distinct hipster vibe, but its restaurant menu, which includes dishes like Fried Duck Bologna, fresh sourdough bread, and Broccoli Cheese Farfalle is sure to hit the spot. Visit their website to see their full menu. You can also use their website to find out more about events and shows being held there this year, should you want to see some live entertainment.
Again on King Street West, El Caballito is a great casual bar where you can enjoy loud, vibrant conversations and even louder music. If you love Mexican food and drink, you won’t be disappointed by the tasty tacos and fabulous tequila on offer at what has to be one of Toronto’s friendliest and most laid back bars.