Trendy bars in Toronto offer some of the best in drinks, atmosphere, and people. You can rest assured that you will have a great time.
Many of the country’s tastemakers live here and when they go out on the town they go to trendy bars. Visitors to Toronto will find that there are plenty of cool places to check out.
Perhaps the best place to start when looking for a trendy place to hang out in on Queen Street West. On any given weekend many of the city’s busiest and most popular bars can be found along Queen West, all the way from downtown to Lansdowne Avenue in the west end of the city.
Along with the headquarters of Much Music television, some of the city’s hippest music clubs are found along this street. The Horseshoe Tavern is a Toronto musical institution that has seen many huge bands play their stage on their way to stardom.
Indie bands are the norm, but many do not remain so for long. Nearby, The Rivoli is another trendy venue that tends to feature more alternative-arts performances, especially comedy stand-up and improv.
Moving west along Queen Street visitors will find more hip spots to check out live music. Lovers of blues and jazz will love The Rex, while fans of punk, metal and hard rock would be well-served to visit The Bovine Sex Club.
On any given weekend night, cool people are dancing to live bands and DJs at clubs like Hideout, Wrongbar and Sweaty Betty’s.
The neighbourhood around the intersection of Ossington Avenue and Queen Street is another up and coming nightlife district, particularly north on Ossington. This neighbourhood features smaller bars, art galleries and music venues that are geared towards a particularly hip crowd.
Reposado Bar and Lounge is a themed lounge, where Mexican drinks and especially tequila are the main focus. The Crooked Star, near the intersection with Dundas Street West, is famous for its variety of international-themed Caesars.
The Painted Lady is an intimate Ossington music spot featuring jazz, folk, rock, and tasty pub grub.
Over on Bloor Street West, Clinton’s is a popular tavern and music venue, especially on Saturdays when crowds converge there for their popular “Shake a Tail” ’50s and ’60s dance party.
Meanwhile, every month the city’s lovers of rap and hip hop converge on College Street at Revival, the current host of the famous “Hip-Hop Karaoke” series.
Cocktail lounges are becoming more and more popular, as Toronto bartenders in a variety of hip venues work to create new and exciting drinks.
Many of the best spots offer beverages that cannot be found elsewhere, made with exotic, hard to find liquors, or authentic Canadian ingredients like maple syrup.
One of the most prominent of these is Harbord Room, a restaurant turned lounge after the dinner rush located south of The Annex on Harbord Street.
Head bartender Dave Mitton is known in the city as a pioneer of new drinks, and is also known to use particularly Canadian ingredients like spruce beer and maple syrup.
When it comes to nightclubs, beauty is often in the eye of the beholder. The city has such an extensive nightlife that the city’s trend-setters have many options to choose from.
While the Richmond Street Club District remains a popular area, nowadays the scene has moved slightly south towards King Street West.
Century Room is a chic King West bar located in an old warehouse, with high ceilings and hardwood floors. Rockwood Nightclub is popular with the later-twenties crowd common to the neighbourhood, and features a top-floor patio with a tiki-bar theme.
Cheval is a great cocktail lounge and fancy cosmopolitan décor and regular appearances by world-famous DJs.
Celebrities, sports stars and other VIPs flock to some of the more exclusive and expensive nightclubs in the city. Club V is a Yorkville club is designed with the A-list set in mind.
Empire Nightclub is another nearby spot, with fancy VIP booths and bottle service. On the western lakeshore within the grounds of Exhibition Place partiers will find Musik, an upscale nightclub with a focus is on luxury and service, with private suites and VIP services.
Celebrities have often held events here, including the recent after-party for notorious good-time-lover Charlie Sheen’s visit to the city.
Of course, many people in the know consider The Guvernment to be the most popular nightclub in town. Partiers there dance well into the morning light, and special events such as their “Labour of Love” party attract thousands of people.
It’s actually more of a nightlife complex, with a dance club and live music venue (Kool Haus) that both attract big name artists from Canada and around the world.
While it is true that the city’s trendy bars tend to tilt towards the west end, that is not to say the east side of Toronto is entirely un-cool. Queen Street East in particular has its own set of trendy bars and lounges.
At Broadview Avenue one will find The Avro, a local hipster watering hole with atmosphere to spare. Rasputin Vodka Bar is a Russian-themed spot that has a particular focus on, of all things, vodka.
Dominion on Queen is a historic bar and live music venue with selections of local microbrewery beers on tap.
You can find many trendy bars in Toronto. Check out more on Toronto nightlife through our website.