Toronto

Best Bars in

Toronto
Canada's biggest metropolis (and Drake’s hometown), Toronto is equal parts contemporary, sleek and stylish. Stretching along the northern shore of Lake Ontario, it’s also a notably diverse and multicultural city, something which has resulted in an incredibly rich drinking and dining scene.

Start your visit by exploring Downtown Toronto. Under the imposing shadow of the Financial District’s skyscrapers, this eclectic mix of neighborhoods has been experiencing a strong revitalization over the years, as trendy boutiques and stylish upscale restaurants have taken up residence in centuries-old heritage buildings.

At the heart of Downtown, check out St. Lawrence Market, one of the city’s ultimate foodie destinations, before taking a stroll down the Distillery Historic District. Home to a multitude of cool bars and delicious eateries as well as art galleries and performance venues, this pedestrian area with a village atmosphere is widely considered to be Canada’s leading arts, culture and entertainment destination. For everything from sports to performing art venues, fine dining,  nightclubs and major city attractions, the nearby Entertainment District has got you covered. And if you’re after something a little more colorful and offbeat, the Church and Wellesley Village, Toronto’s foremost LGBT community hub, is brimming with good vibes. From trendy restaurants, cool pubs and hip cocktail lounges to lively drag shows and a vibrant club scene, the area has some of the best nightlife in town.

Next up, Yorkville is the place to go to mingle with Toronto’s glitterati. This once hippie neighborhood lined with gorgeous Victorian homes is now the city’s top destination for affluent shoppers who flock to the sleek boutiques, galleries and design studios on Bloor Street’s “Mink Mile”. The area is filled with elegant cafes, swanky cocktail bars and high-end restaurants, and its chic hotels are where all of Hollywood comes to stay for  the Toronto International Film Festival.

Neighboring The Annex couldn’t be more different. Home to the University of Toronto, its countless cool coffee shops, theatres, galleries, bookstores, restaurants and bars are filled night and day by a hip, young clientele. The neighborhood’s friendly atmosphere really comes into its own in the warmer months, when all the outdoor patios open up for people to enjoy the weather.

Finally, King West and Queen West are our top places to go for an exciting night out on the town. In what was once the heart of Toronto’s textile industry, the former industrial buildings and warehouses of King West are now home to some of the best shopping in the city, drawing comparisons to New York’s iconic SoHo. Come nighttime, the trendy area is buzzing with fashionable revelers coming to enjoy the thriving restaurant, bar and club scene. As for Queen West, this is where the cool kids come to play. Great shopping, amazing food, cutting-edge art galleries and tons of cool bars and music venues, all of it set against some beautiful historic architecture and colorful street art? It’s no wonder Vogue ranked it the second coolest neighborhood in the world. Finish your evening partying at one of Queen Street’s boutique “art hotels”, and start making plans for your next visit!

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