In the summer of 2012, we put together a list of the Top 19 Party Cities In Canada. Coming in at #2 on our list was Toronto, Ontario.
Toronto is the largest city in Canada and known for it’s iconic CN Tower, which held the title as the tallest freestanding structure for just over 30 years, that was until the completion of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai in 2007. Even though the city may have lost its world title for tallest buildings, it still keeps its cool with being one of the most diverse and best party cities in Canada.
At BarWhiz we are all about building a community. Not only do we try to provide you with tips for the best party places, but we also have an extensive list of members who review specific cities, bars, clubs, etc. right on our website. We understand that every one is entitled to their own opinion, so whether you agree with this list or not, we would really appreciate if you take the time to review your favourite Toronto bars. To show you how much we really appreciate your input, we will enter you into a draw for a chance to win something special from us, your favorite drink *.
So without further adieu, here are the BarWhiz picks for the Best Bars In Toronto:
Annex Wreck Room
Located near the University of Toronto is the Annex. This neighborhood has long been home to both students and faculty of the university. With the influx of students, many great bars and clubs have opened in the area, and our favourite is the Annex Wreck Room. Located on Bathhurst in one of the more lively areas of Toronto, the Wreck Room is a non-stop party, with live rock shows and funky dance music on any given night. Like many great places in Toronto, it can get packed, so arrive early enough to make sure you get a spot on the dance floor.
Located on the iconic Yonge St., just South of Bloor West, you will find Bar Volo, which has been an institution for all things beer for over 20 years. With a huge selection of international bottles, craft beers and their own concoctions from the onsite microbrewery, Bar Volo is one of the best places to grab a great tasting beer in all of Toronto.
Owner Patrick McMurray turned a rundown auto shop on Queen Street East into one of the best Irish pubs in all of Toronto. Ceili Cottage is not your typical Toronto Irish Pub, you won’t find any bottled beer here, only draft. The Ceili Cottage also has a great patio that is open all year round. In the winter the patio area is converted into a skating rink and there is even a yurt where you can go warm up with a cold one.
Located on Adelaide, just west of University, is one of the best multi-story clubs in the city. What makes Crocodile Rock better than most of places in the club district is the lax dress code, the relatively inexpensive drinks (there’s always a special on every day of the week), the rooftop patio, the pool tables, and finally, it’s a great place to go cougar hunting.
Crush Wine Bar
If you are looking for a great wine bar in Toronto, then head on over to King West and Spadina to take in all that is the Crush Wine Bar. They offer specials, flights, great food and best of all, they have a pretty decent patio where you can sit back and enjoy some fine wine with friends.
Parts and Labour
Located at the far end of Queen Street West, just seven blocks from Dufferin is the hardware store turned resto-bar. If you are looking for a great hipster hangout in Parkdale, with amazing cocktails and food to make then look no further than Parts and Labour.
Swirl Wine Bar
If you are looking for a great wine bar in the east end, head on down to Queen East and check out the Swirl Wine Bar. Granted, with décor that is in pink and blacks, Swirl if definitely a girls night out type of place, but the wine selection is excellent and the food is delicious.
The Dakota Tavern
Located in a small, dark basement is the Dakota Tavern. If you are looking to have a few drinks and enjoy some live bluegrass and country music, then this is the best bar in Toronto to do just that. You can find this gem near the corner of Ossington and Dundas West.
The Thompson Rooftop
If you are looking to enjoy a cocktail, albeit a relatively expensive one, with a great view, then go no further than the Thompson Rooftop lounge. Located Wellington St. West, this rooftop bar is open all year long and boasts one of the best views of the city. Even though they have upscale cocktails and a rooftop swimming pool their food menu follows a more pub style route, but hey, you came for the view not the food right?
Thirsty & Miserable
Located in the historic Kensington Market is the dive chic Thirsty & Miserable. Although they are going for the dive feel, with their black and red colour scheme and microwaveable meals, their selection of craft beers far exceeds any brewpub in the city. However, owner Katie G. Warror, guitarist of the hard-core band Brutal Knights, has no problem with you bringing your own snacks, if you so desire. But really, who doesn’t enjoy a Hungry-Man meal? It does complement a craft IPA oh so well.
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About the Author
Corey Rozon is a freelance writer from Ottawa, Canada.