If you're a spirits or whiskey person, you absolutely have to visit The Caledonian on College Street, a gem of Little Italy. With a menu featuring over 200 of malts and brews, it's hardly a surprise that this place tops many a travelers' bucket lists. If malts aint your thing, there's a prolific beer list that includes several lagers and cask-conditioned ales from Scotland. And yet, drinks aren't the only USP of this place; the kitchens at The Caledonian are known to produce some of the most delicious Scottish food to be found in Toronto. Palatable preparations like haggis, Scotch eggs and fish n' chips dominate the drool-worthy, albeit limited, menu. Drop in, order up your favorite malt and chomp on some haggis with neeps and tatties and for desserts you could try the deep fried Mars Bars; they're insanely good!
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.
If you're looking for a big, dark, loud, squeezed-in-to-capacity music venue, yet still want that intimate club-like atmosphere, then this twin-level space is for you. Because of its size, the Lee's Palace & The Dance Cave club attracts some of the better known alternative music names on the circuit. These include Moxy Fruvous, DJ Trevor, DJ Shannon and more. Shows for all-ages are put on during the day. Timings vary for both levels so call ahead for details.
For a refreshing night outing, head to the Revival. This chic and classy place in downtown Toronto is a one-stop spot for all your entertainment needs. You can gulp down your meal with a host of spirits, from cocktails and martinis to wines, world-class beers and even champagnes. After you have enjoyed your satisfying meal is when the true entertainment begins. There is a stage where a host of local performers are ready to rock your night. All in all, a great entertainment joint.
Bellwoods Brewery is one of the most popular breweries in Toronto, and is known for its heavenly microbrews. They have an interesting range of beers available in their beer shop, and are consistently inventing new flavors as well. Some of the labels include Bring Out Your Dead, Monogamy, Brettal Head, Farmhouse Classic, Wizard Wolf and Farmageddon. One can have a hearty swig at their bar area after a tour of the facility, sampling different beers along with yummy food combinations. Don't forget to check out their cool merchandise on your way out.
The Pilot Tavern, located in central Toronto specializes in contemporary food. Apart from being known for the delicious food served here, The Pilot Tavern is also known for the cozy atmosphere that envelopes this place. One more reason why this place is flocked on a regular basis is the number of events that take place here. Live concerts, social meet ups and corporate events take place in The Pilot Tavern on a regular basis. Check website for details.
Being housed in the historic Somerset House does not deter Wellesley Fox & Fiddle from embracing noveau concepts. Rather this pub offers a perfect blend of old world charm and new age trendiness. With 13 beer varieties to choose from, beer lovers will have no complaints; it also serves excellent food that is much better in taste and flavor than your regular pub fare. However, highlight of this place being its heated patio that is the best spot especially during winters. You can sit here and catch the latest sports matches on the large screen. And, before you tag it as a sports pub rethink! It has its own karaoke sessions, DJ parties and so forth. For event updates and other details, check website.
This bar is located in the happening area of Toronto. It has a spacious sports lounge, six British style pubs, three kitchens, five multi-level patios, pool tables and 150 draft taps! Oh, did we forget to mention the three giant screens and 50 TV sets all over the place? Madison Avenue Pub can cater to about 2000 guests and even offers live entertainment on the weekends. Now do you realize why it ranks amongst the best bars in the world?
The TRANZAC (an abbreviation of Toronto Australia New Zealand Club) was started more than 70 years ago in The Annex, by a group of Australians and New Zealanders looking to inject a bit of their countries' flavor in Toronto. A non-profit member supported community, this bar is open to all to experience Kiwi-Aussie culture and at the same time enjoy the various arts. The interiors have memorabilia from the homelands all over. With a focus on promoting arts, music and theater, TRANZAC aims to promote and support the Australian and New Zealand culture in Toronto. Limited pub food is offered, although kitchen hours and food availability varies. The taps are kept stocked with plentiful brew. The club facilities can also be rented.
Here, you can try a coffee or one of their teas - breakfast Americana, Darjeeling, vanilla bean, orange jasmine, rain forest mint, earl gold, ginger twist, chamomile citrus, American nector or mint. Soup, sandwiches, bagels and salads are also on the menu. The cafe is open from noon to 8 pm. After 8 pm, it turns into the El Mocambo Lounge where musicians and DJs perform to a large crowd.