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Nightlife in Toronto

Toronto is home to one of North America's most vibrant theatre scenes. Most venues, including Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall, are located within the Entertainment District. Sports are also popular in Toronto, especially Canada's beloved hockey, with venues located near the Harbourfront. Watch hockey or basketball games at Air Canada Centre, then head for a beer at Wayne Gretzky's or PJ O'Brien. Toronto's high-energy gay nightlife is centred in the Church-Wellesley district.

Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto. © Toronto Tourism
Wayne Gretzky's, Toronto. &copy Toronto Tourism
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Wayne Gretzky's

Hockey star's memorabilia bar

Canada's favourite hockey player owns and operates this bar on the Harbourfront which bears his name. Wayne Gretzky's bar is especially popular before and after Maple Leafs games. Showcases display lots of Gretzky's hockey memorabilia.



Address

99, Blue Jays Way, Toronto M5V 9G9

Telephone

+1 416 979 7825

Transport

By subway to Union station

Website

Wayne Gretzky's Website

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Mill Street Brew Pub

Popular microbrewery

The Mill Street Brew Pub is a popular home-town brewery, located in the historic Distillery District. In addition to serving good pub food and half a dozen beers, Mill Street serves Ontario's first 100% organic beer.



Address

55, Mill Street, Building 63, Toronto M5A 3C4

Telephone

+1 416 681 0338

Transport

By subway to King station

Website

Mill Street Brew Pub Website

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PJ O'Brien

Irish pub

This authentic Irish pub features dark wood, filling food and beer, and lots of noisy people. Located in the Financial District, PJ O'Brien draws fans to watch the Maple Leafs and Raptors games on TV or after matches.



Address

39, Colborne Street, Toronto M5E 1E3

Telephone

+1 416 815 7562

Transport

By subway to King station

Website

PJ O'Brien Website

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Canoe

Sophisticated high-rise lounge

This trendy bar and restaurant atop the Toronto Dominion Bank building in the heart of the Financial District, is a favourite among the after-work crowd. Set on the 54th floor, the views of Lake Ontario and Toronto are incredible.



Address

66, Wellington Street West, Toronto Dominion Bank Tower, Toronto M5K 1H6

Telephone

+1 416 364 0054

Transport

By subway to Bathurst station

Website

Canoe Website

The Paddock, Toronto. Photo by Tom Paterson, &copy The Paddock
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The Paddock

Art Deco tavern

Not far from the Entertainment District, The Paddock is especially popular with the theatre- and concert-goers. It has a beautiful Art Deco interior with high-backed booths which allow quiet conversation over drinks. The music tends toward jazz.



Address

178, Bathurst Street, Toronto M5V 2R4

Telephone

+1 416 504 9997

Transport

By subway to Osgoode station

Website

The Paddock Website

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Madison

University students' favourite

'Maddy' consists of six indoor British-style pubs and multiple outdoor bars in three beautifully restored Victorian homes near the University of Toronto. Along with lots of students and beer, the Madison has a piano bar, billiards, dartboards and plasma TVs.



Address

14, Madison Avenue, Toronto M5R 2S1

Telephone

+1 416 927 1722

Transport

By subway to Spadina station

Website

Madison Website

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This Is London

Smart nightclub

Resembling a gentleman's club with plush armchairs and rugs, This Is London draws a manicured downtown Toronto crowd sipping cocktails in collared shirts and dresses. International DJs play house music. The ladies' bathroom has an extravagant luxury - in-house beauticians.



Address

364, Richmond Street West, Toronto M5V 1X6

Telephone

+1 416 351 1100

Transport

By subway to Osgoode station

Website

This Is London Website

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Fly

Popular gay club

The original Babylon from TV's Queer As Folk programme, Fly is one of Toronto's most popular gay dance clubs. Guest DJs travel from around the world to spin tracks at Fly. The club is located in the Church-Wellesley district.



Address

8, Gloucester Street, Toronto M4Y 1L5

Telephone

+1 416 410 5426

Transport

By subway to Wellesley station

Website

Fly Website

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El Convento Rico

Latin dance club

Originally a gay club for Latinos, El Convento Rico attracts a diverse young crowd, gay and straight, every night. Expect lots of Latin dance music, mostly Cuban, drag shows and samba dance lessons. The club is located near Little Italy.



Address

750, College Street, Toronto M6G 1C4

Telephone

+1 416 588 7800

Transport

By subway to Christie station

Website

El Convento Rico Website

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Guvernment Nightclub

Eight clubs in one

Guvernment Nightclub in the Harbourfront district is divided into eight lounges and dance clubs, each with its own musical theme. The Tanja Lounge is popular for its mellow Asian feel; the Skybar provides great city views.



Address

132, Queens Quay East, Toronto M5A 3Y5

Telephone

+1 416 869 0045

Transport

By subway to Union station

Website

Guvernment Website

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Second City

Top-notch comedy club

Since opening in 1973, Second City has become Canada's (and perhaps North America's) most popular and successful comedy club. This Entertainment District venue has been the performance home for classic comedians Mike Myers, Dan Aykroyd, Martin Short and John Candy.



Address

51, Mercer Street, Toronto M5V 9G9

Telephone

+1 416 343 0011

Transport

By subway to St Andrew station

Website

Second City Website

The Rex, Toronto. Courtesy of The Rex Hotel
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The Rex

Jazz and blues

This is the place to hear world-famous musicians. Toronto's long-standing jazz and blues mecca, The Rex has been an unpretentious downtown favourite for decades. People queue round the corner for shows every night and throughout the day at weekends.



Address

194, Queen Street West, Toronto MSV 1Z1

Telephone

+1 416 598 2475

Transport

By subway to Osgoode station

Website

The Rex Website

Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto. &copy Toronto Tourism
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Roy Thomson Hall

Home of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Since 1982 Roy Thomson Hall has been known as the home of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Mendelssohn Choir. Set in the heart of the Entertainment District, the musical venue also hosts visiting orchestras and popular musical entertainers.



Address

60, Simcoe Street, Toronto M5J 2H5

Telephone

+1 416 872 4255

Transport

By subway to St Andrew station

Website

The Roy Thomson Hall Website

Air Canada Centre, Toronto. © Toronto Tourism
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Air Canada Centre

Sports and entertainment centre

Sports fans flock to the Air Canada Centre in the Harbourfront to see the Toronto Maple Leafs NHL hockey team and the Toronto Raptors NBA basketball team. The arena also hosts concerts of internationally recognised musical performers.



Address

40, Bay Street, Toronto M5J 2X2

Telephone

+1 416 815 5400

Transport

By subway to Union station

Website

Air Canada Centre Website

Massey Hall, Toronto. &copy Ontario Tourism
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Massey Hall

Favourite concert venue

Built in 1894, Massey Hall has always been at the forefront of Toronto's cultural life. The building enjoys near perfect acoustics and hosts both classical and contemporary music concerts. It is located in downtown Toronto.



Address

178, Victoria Street, Toronto M5B 1T7

Telephone

+1 416 872 4255

Transport

By subway to Queen station

Website

Massey Hall Website

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