On Friday night, while we’ve got space set aside for delegates to hang out at the nearby Imperial Pub, we’ve also blocked off the night as an opportunity to explore downtown Toronto. We’ve compiled a (by no means exhaustive) list of some sweet places for just about anyone, grouped by general area/district and displayed on the map below. (Please note that the majority of these places are 19+ and will check for ID.)
How to get around:
On a dime: $3.00 one-way fare with public transit (TTC). Subway service generally runs until 1:30am. Many streetcars end service around 1am, but the Queen & College streetcars run 24 hours.
High rollin’: Hail a cab from just about anywhere downtown, or call the cab number on the back of your delegate badge.
Transit directions: Take the Gerrard or Bay exit out of the hotel and head north up Bay Street until you hit College Street. Head to a streetcar stop on the north side of the street to go westbound. Take the streetcar west to Bathurst street.
431 College Street
Go for the nachos, stay for the cheap beer.
434 College Street
Fusion Asian food and packed dance bar weekend nights.
No One Writes To The Colonel
460 College Street
Vintage decor for a less uppity crowd. Cash only.
60 Kensington Avenue
A trendy hidden spot for hipsters. (Look for Kensington Mall and follow the red light.)
Moskito + Bite
423 College Street
Deceivingly large. All-around good music and food.
DUNDAS/OSSINGTON & DUNDAS WEST
Transit directions: Take the Yonge exit out of the hotel and turn right. Walk south until you hit Dundas Street. Catch a westbound streetcar (on the north side of the street) and take it all the way to Ossington (get off earlier at Euclid for the Press Club).
1181 Dundas Street West
Hipster hotspot of the moment. Free arcade games included.
249 Ossington Avenue
Indie folk & bluegrass music in an intimate setting.
1132 Dundas Street West
Daily pint and drink specials at Toronto’s best 24-hour diner.
1149 Dundas Street West
A popular friendly dive with live music.
The Press Club
850 Dundas Street West
The name says it all, doesn’t it?
CHURCH/WELLESLEY VILLAGE & YONGE
Transit directions: Actually, just walk. Take the Yonge exit out of the hotel. Church Street is the next major street east of Yonge.
360 Yonge Street
Karaoke closer than you can shake a stick at.
Hair of the Dog
425 Church Street
Great food and drinks at this cozy Village bar.
Church on Church
504 Church Street
Redesigned new bar in the Village. We’ll review it for them.
Crews & Tangos
508 Church Street
For a night of drag and debauchery.
587 Yonge Street
Extensive beer selection for connoisseurs.
QUEEN WEST & WEST QUEEN WEST
Transit directions: Take the Yonge exit out of the hotel, and turn right. Walk south to Queen Street (you can even walk through the Eaton Centre beginning at Dundas!). Take the Queen streetcar west (catch it from the north side of the street) to Spadina Avenue for the Horseshoe and Java House; to Ossington for Sweaty Betty’s; to Beaconsfield for the Drake and the Savoy.
368 Queen Street West
Legendary music venue (featuring a front bar) that just celebrated its 65th anniversary.
537 Queen Street West
Rock-bottom prices on food and drink.
1150 Queen Street West
Hip and trendy culture hotspot featuring bar, lounge, and underground music venue.
13 Ossington Avenue
Small and cozy with a kickin’ house party backroom.
1166 Queen Street West
Sweet sit-down setting with shot specials.
Transit directions: Take a left out the Yonge exit of the hotel and walk north on Yonge Street to Yonge/College. From College station, hop on the subway northbound to Yonge/Bloor and transfer to the Bloor/Danforth westbound line. Get off at Bathurst station.
666 Manning Avenue
A little bit of everything at a good price.
296 Brunswick Avenue
A hidden gem for the hemp/grunge crowd.
693 Bloor Street West
Half a million songs and infinite drink combinations. Room rental info and coupon online.
LAB (Labyrinth Lounge)
298 Brunswick Avenue
Three dolla’ whiskey on Friday. Enough said.
481 Bloor Street West
Top 40 for the student crowd.
KING WEST & ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT
Transit directions: Take the Yonge exit out of the hotel, and turn right. Walk south to Adelaide or King Streets (you can even walk through the Eaton Centre beginning at Dundas!) — for some of these venues, you can walk all the way there, or else hop on the King streetcar westbound (from the north side of the street). We suggest checking out the map below for assistance.
600 King Street West
Great apps and extensive beer selection.
609 King Street West
Pricier pork at a beer-hall style pub.
London Tap House
250 Adelaide Street West
If you’re craving a club scene.
145 John Street
Bowling and drinking go hand in hand here.
461 King Street West
If ping pong is your thing, check out this multi-level social club.
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