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Dark interiors, country style décor, low lighting, a huge crowd and live music greet you as you enter the portals of The Dakota Tavern. Gorge on lip smacking mac and cheese, crunchy red cabbage, spiced nuts and cherry tomato salad, and fish served on tacos with cabbage and lime, as you listen to some fine country music. On their famous brunch days, your platter is lined up with unlimited food: cheese, steak, bacon, eggs, juice, coffee, pancakes among other goodies, that you can wash down with a mug of chilled beer. This is a good place to meet new people, groove to good music and have a filling meal.
One of the city's original live music venues and where Canadian singing legend Stompin' Tom got his first break, this tavern is still the place to see the bands that put the word 'road' in roadhouse. From cowboy to punk, rock 'n' roll to grunge, the musical back room has heard it all. The sound system at Horseshoe Tavern is high decibel and, Tuesday nights, local radio station-The Edge hosts a New Music series of sounds from the street.
Located inside the basement of Drake Hotel, Underground is famous among the party-goers and music fanatics alike. Host to a range of live music performances, concerts, gigs, film screenings and dance parties, Underground is surely the most versatile venue around. Offering a full bar, and some tit-bits to gorge on, this amazing space will surely add to the fun in your evening. To know about their upcoming schedule, keep a tab on their Facebook page.
A part of the Drake Hotel in West Queen West, the Sky Yard is a trendy rooftop venue. Great to cool off after a hard day's work under the stars, the Sky Yard is what every rooftop bar should be and more. Although most would expect a rooftop bar to be full of luxurious furniture and elegant decor, this place doesn't waste time with pretensions and displays an edgier, more rustically whimsical design. With smaller tables that have cute umbrellas overhead, this rooftop patio doesn't adhere to any parameters, but still is full of swag and pzazz. Usual crowd here is young, friendly business professionals, sipping on some exotic, tropical cocktails, thanks to the efficient bar here. Open all week, this one's a summertime must visit.