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.
Located on Parkdale's Queen Street West, Miss Thing's is a quirky spot for exotic Hawaiian-Polynesian fare, with the delightful company of delicious cocktails put together by bartender Robinn Wynne. Help yourself to beautifully plated dishes like the Shrimp Bao and the Pineapple Rice with Jackfruit, and order up colorful tiki cocktails like Disco Juice, Fuzzy Wawa, or Purple Rain. The decor at Miss Thing's mirrors its zany Hawaiian theme, replete with breezy bright interiors, floral motifs, pineapple-painted doors, and the works. You can take a seat at the booth, or down cocktail after heady cocktail at the stylish bar.
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.
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.
With high backed, plush red couches, burgundy wallpaper, pool tables, dartboards, soccer on the "telly" and types of draft beer, there's no mistaking the authenticity of this pub at the Yonge-Bloor cross downtown. There is live music every Saturday night and a weekly dart league for those whose aim is true. The traditional British cuisine is augmented with some creative Euro-twists. Tandoori chicken breast and hummus tapas are offered alongside the more conventional orders of fish and chips, steak and mushroom pie, and Irish stew.
Fionn MacCool's has all the ingredients to become your regular neighborhood pub. With a friendly atmosphere and clean and spacious interiors with a characteristic worn-in charm, this pub is sure to make you feel at home. The servers and bartenders are quite friendly, and pay attention to detail. They have food available all day, with special brunch and dessert menus as well, and drinks are plenty. Add a roster of special events such as craft beer tastings, live music, sharing offers and more to this mix and voila, you have your perfect pub.
Located between Yonge and Jarvis, just south of Wellesley, this is Toronto's only drag bar and nightclub, housed under a Victorian roof. Crews & Tango, features two individual dance floors that are energized by some of the best DJs in town. Predominantly a gay bar complete with drag shows, it also showcases live music programs and theme nights. The music played here ranges from disco, retro, house, Hip Hop and R&B tunes. Plenty of space, exuberant crowd, some really awesome drinks and awesome music makes this place truly unique and a definite must-visit.
Carens Rosedale is a chic bistro serving authentic French delicacies with a Parisian twist. The restaurant is divided into a front and back room and has a small outdoor patio. Elegant marble tables and bar, banquettes, and a beautiful piano occupy the front room, while the back one has a fireplace and a skylight, creating a nice ambiance throughout the day. The place hosts live music sessions almost every night. Apart from the beautiful decor and live music, the main draws here are the wine and cheese. The wine list has a large number of French wines along with some from other regions. The menu also features French bistro dishes such as French onion soup made from broth extracted from roasted bones and served with bread topped with cheese and sweet caramelized onions, or the bouillabaisse made with fresh seafood, toasted French bread, and rouille.