The best bars, live music venues and nightclubs in Toronto are excellent for spending a memorable evening in the city. You can sip sophisticated cocktails in a basement lounge or a local beverage in a microbrewery. Alternatively, you can grab a table in a Latin-inspired venue while listening to live music and digging into tapas. Toronto’s nightlife scene is one of Canada’s most diverse. No matter what you’re after, you’ll find it in Ontario’s capital.

    Drag performances, live DJs, comedy acts, arcade games, and even lawn games keep Toronto’s partygoers entertained every weekend. If you want to make the most of your trip after sundown, make sure you check out Toronto’s best nightlife spots below.


    The Piston

    Live music, cosy booths and gourmet sandwiches

    The Piston is a nightclub and bar in Toronto where you can dance to music that spans the previous 5 decades. Events include 1990s video dance nights, disco parties and 1960s mod vinyl DJs. When you need a break from the dancefloor, you can relax in a booth in the main bar area and refuel on gourmet sandwiches and tapas.

    The Piston is only open on Fridays and Saturdays at 10 pm, so expect to jostle with crowds of partygoers. If you’re planning a private party, you can book out this venue throughout the week. The closest subway station is Ossington Subway Station, which is about a 3-minute walk away.

    Location: 937 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H 1L4, Canada

    Open: Friday–Saturday from 10 pm to 2 am (closed Sundays to Thursdays)

    Phone: +1 416-532-3989


    C’est What

    A subterranean taproom with a whisky bar and craft beers

    At C’est What, you can choose from over 40 beers on tap, as well as spirits from the dedicated whiskey bar. If you like your drinks to be a little more colourful, we recommend checking out this taproom’s extensive cocktail menu. You can also fill up on comfort foods, such as wraps and burgers

    On most days, C’est What opens its doors at noon, when you can enjoy a quiet lunch or play board games in a laidback setting. If you want to experience the pub at its liveliest, we recommend arriving around 7 pm on a Friday or Saturday, just in time to grab a table before the crowds arrive.

    Location: 67 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1B5, Canada

    Open: Sunday and Tuesday from 4 pm to 11 pm, Wednesday–Saturday from noon to 1 am (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +1 416-867-9499


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    Get Well

    A lively taproom with craft beers and arcade games

    Get Well is a Toronto taproom that’s popular with the locals and provides the traditional atmosphere of a pub. The vibe is complemented by its vintage decor and retro pinball machines. Its menu includes around a dozen beers on tap and at least twice as many cans and bottles, with most beverages sourced from local producers. There’s also a selection of home-brewed beers available.

    Get Well is open daily from 5 pm. If you’re looking for something to do before the doors open, we recommend checking out the nearby Art Gallery of Toronto or the Royal Ontario Museum. Dufferin, the closest subway station, is around 2 km away.

    Location: 1181 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6H 1Y3, Canada

    Open: Daily from 5 pm to 2 am

    Phone: +1 647-351-2337


    Comedy Bar

    Improv and standup comedy in an intimate setting

    The Comedy Bar is an independent venue that occupies a relatively small pace, but it hosts over 150 up-and-coming improv and stand-up acts every month. You can also attend workshops and classes if you’re interested in getting involved in the action. On its menu, you’ll find a large selection of local and international beers, wines, spirits and cocktails.

    While busiest on weekends, the Comedy Bar can attract large crowds any day of the week. We recommend booking your table in advance to avoid disappointment. Stick around after the show, and you might get to have a beer with the live entertainers.

    Location: 945 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H 1L5, Canada

    Open: Daily from 6 pm to 2 am

    Phone: +1 416-551-6540


    Bar Raval

    A Barcelona-style bar with a Gaudi-inspired interior

    Bar Raval transports you to Barcelona with its Gaudi-esque, curvy wooden panels and covered patio, where you can sip sophisticated cocktails while mingling with the locals. On top of beverages, Bar Raval boasts an extensive Spanish tapas menu. It’s especially popular with students from the nearby University of Toronto.

    While visiting Bar Raval, you might want to check out the nearby bohemian Kensington Market neighbourhood, where you’ll find speciality bakeries, cheese shops, vintage boutiques and art spaces. You can reach Bar Raval by taking the bus to the Bathurst St at College St transit stop, which is just a short walk away.

    Location: 505 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1A5, Canada

    Open: Wednesday–Sunday from 11 am to 11 pm (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)


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    Dance parties and live acts ranging from death metal to hip-hop

    Coda is a lively and large underground music venue that attracts musicians from across the globe. It’s the successor to the previously popular Footwork club. Electronic music is Coda’s main draw, though this nightclub features acts in genres ranging from punk to R&B and everything in between.

    Coda is only open on Fridays and Saturdays at 9 pm. We recommend buying a ticket in advance or getting there as early as possible to avoid long queues. The Bathurst subway station is located just across the road, about 60 metres away.

    Location: 794 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5R 3G1, Canada

    Open: Friday–Saturday from 9 pm to 3 am (closed Sundays to Thursdays)

    Phone: +1 416-536-0346


    Track & Field

    Beer, cocktails, bocce courts and shuffleboard

    Track & Field is one of Toronto’s most popular lawn games bars. Here, you can sip beers and cocktails while playing a game of shuffleboard, bocce (closely related to British bowls) or the Ontario-invented crokinole, which is a miniature disk-flicking board game. You’ll find seating spread across 2 floors, a 30-ft bar, and a lounge area.

    All draught beers and house cocktails at Track & Field are reasonably priced. Don’t forget to grab a bite from the snack menu – Track & Field sources its meals from the highly regarded Fidel Gastro's Street Food Company.

    Location: 582 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B3, Canada

    Open: Wednesday–Sunday from 5 pm to 2 am (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)


    El Convento Rico

    Latin-themed club with DJs and drag shows

    El Convento Rico is a nightclub established in 1992 as a haven and hotspot for the LGBTQ+ community in Toronto. Today, the club’s weekend evening drag performances are its main draw. You can also listen to live DJs playing Top 40 and Latin music.

    The menu includes imported and domestic beers, martinis and cocktails. If you intend to stay here until the early hours, you might want to order from the bottle service menu. El Convento Rico remains lively until around 3.30 am.

    Location: 750 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1C4, Canada

    Open: Thursday from 10 pm to 3.30 am, Friday–Saturday from 9 pm to 3.30 am (closed Sundays to Wednesdays)

    Phone: +1 416-588-7800


    Lost and Found

    An exclusive basement club with a high-energy atmosphere

    Lost and Found is a dimly-lit, small but exclusive basement venue, where DJs play top 40 trap, underground and hip-hop music. It’s a well-known and relatively pricey nightclub that often attracts celebrities (it’s even mentioned in a song by The Weeknd), which makes reservations essential.

    Lost and Found is so exclusive that even reservations don’t guarantee entry. Make sure to arrive on time and boost your chances of being invited inside by ordering from the bottle service menu. Also, keep in mind that Lost and Found operates a strict dress code, which it describes as upscale chic.

    Location: 577 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1M1, Canada

    Open: Monday and Thursday–Saturday from 11 pm to 3 am (closed on Sundays and Tuesdays)

    Phone: +1 647-995-5772


    Good Fortune Bar

    Creative cocktails and a burger-centric menu in a basement bar

    The Good Fortune Bar is a basement cocktail lounge that also serves comfort food and a range of beers and wines. Its palm leaf motifs, pink walls, colourful plants, dangling lights and neon signs give Good Fortune Bar a 1980s Miami Beach clubhouse vibe. You can either sip your cocktail from the comfort of a cosy booth or a high-top table.

    To make sure you can grab a table, we recommend heading to the Good Fortune Bar before 8 pm. Expect loud music and a crowded but lively atmosphere from 9 pm onwards. If you’re feeling a little peckish, try one of the bar’s burgers, such as the cheeseburger with crinkle-cut fries topped with hickory sticks.

    Location: 130 Eglinton Avenue East Lower-Level, Toronto, ON M4P 2X9, Canada

    Open: Thursday from 6 pm to midnight, Friday–Saturday from 6 pm to 2 am, Sunday from 8 pm to 1 am (closed Mondays to Wednesdays)

    Phone: +1 647-351-0130

    Joshua Saunders | Contributing Writer

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