Downtown Nightlife (Self Guided), Toronto

An international hub and major metropolis, Toronto is also an important cultural center in Canada and North America. Seeing a large influx of tourists throughout the year, Toronto features a vibrant nightlife scene chock full of clubs, bars, restaurants, and lounges in the thriving Entertainment District located in the heart of the city and in outlying areas as well. Take this Toronto Nightlife Tour to experience all this fantastic city has to offer when the sun goes down.
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Downtown Nightlife Map

Guide Name: Downtown Nightlife
Guide Location: Canada » Toronto (See other walking tours in Toronto)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Author: Xena
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Velvet Underground
  • Cube
  • Bar 244
  • Cake Nightclub
  • Fiction Club
  • Set Boutique
  • Weslodge
  • The Everleigh
  • EFS
  • Thompson Toronto
Velvet Underground

1) Velvet Underground

A notable alternative music club responsible for the CD release party that launched Alanis Morrisette’s career, the Velvet Underground attracts a lively crowd consisting of mainly university students and college-age guests. The main room hosts a variety of events and bands, while the club space hosts the major performances and is designed with found metal angels throughout the space. The club space also includes pool tables for guests to pass the time between sets. Wednesday evenings is the night for live bands, while house DJs spin on other nights, serving up a variety of alternative tunes, including retro favorites from the eighties and nineties for its popular Sunday night parties.

2) Cube

A posh nightclub appealing to an upscale crowd of mature guests looking for a sophisticated evening of partying in a stylish retro-inspired setting, Cube is located in the building of the former Ultra Supper Club. Its sleek vintage décor includes avant-garde flourishes with a black and yellow which really set this upscale club’s design apart from other similar Toronto establishments. Entertainment here includes mainly house music, with a bit of hip hop and R and B as well, and hosts guests DJs from around the globe as well. This hot club maintains a strict door policy and it is recommended to dress stylishly in order to gain entrance.
Bar 244

3) Bar 244

Bar 244 is a hip place to mingle with a young crowd in Toronto’s thriving Entertainment District. A combination bar and restaurant during the week, the lower level of the happening Bar 244 heats up on the weekends with an evening of great upbeat music to dance to and casual party atmosphere with a college-age crowd. Guests here can enjoy a bite to eat from its delicious tapas menu, as well as a full menu of other delectable dishes, with a cocktail in the main space, or shamble downstairs to the spacious party level featuring DJs spinning great rock and alternative tunes from the present, as well as retro favorites from the eighties and nineties.

Operation Hours: Wednesday – Saturday: 8 pm – 2:30 am.
Cake Nightclub

4) Cake Nightclub

A popular destination in the hopping Adelaide district of Toronto, Cake Nightclub is well-reputed for offering its guests a great night of unpretentious fun with fantastic drink prices. Offering two levels of entertainment, numerous VIP booths with posh bottle service, and a terrific mix of top 40, party anthems, and innovative mash-ups to get the crowd going on the dance floor, Cake Nightclub features the best local DJs serving up an upbeat party atmosphere all night long. This hot nightspot also happens to feature a state-of-the-art sound system and high-end lighting effects to enhance the party atmosphere even more.

Operation Hours: Friday – Saturday: 10 pm – 2.30 am
Fiction Club

5) Fiction Club

Among the chicest nightlife establishment in Toronto, the Fiction Club offers an upscale evening in its playful, surrealistic space. Offering twenty VIP tables which includes high end amenities and fantastic service, guests to this unique nightclub can sit back and enjoy the quirky décor, which includes portraits of humans with animal heads and other offbeat images and sultry mood lighting throughout this huge 9000 square foot space occupying multiple floors. Friday evenings at the Fiction Club host the Fact in Fiction Party, while Saturday night guests are treated to the Make Believe party. Both nights feature an excellent mix of hot top 40 hits, house, and hip hop, with Saturday nights adding classic tunes and remixes to the mix.

Operation Hours: Wednesday: 9 pm - 3 am; Friday: 10 pm – 3 am; Saturday: 10:30 pm - 3 am.
Set Boutique

6) Set Boutique

A classy nightclub catering to an upscale crowd that includes young professionals as well as a mature set of partiers looking for a sophisticated evening of clubbing, SET Boutique can be found in the ritzy King Street West area hosting an assortment of high-end restaurants and entertainment venues. Taking its name from Studio Event Theatre, SET Boutique features a chic, modern décor with luxurious touches throughout the space. The elevated DJ booth rises above the dance floor atop a grand piano, where hot local DJs spin the best house, top 40, and hip hop tunes to an energetic crowd of partiers.

7) Weslodge

Offering a contemporary take on an Old West watering saloon, the Weslodge features a sophisticated approach to an old rustic setting, as well as a full menu of great food and expertly-crafted cocktails to delight the senses. Decked out in luxurious walnut wood paneling, a kitsch buffalo head above the bar, and antique-looking lamps, Weslodge also features an extensive menu of fine wines and whiskies in addition to its famous cocktails. Cuisine includes thematic offerings including steaks and buffalo tartar, as well as an assortment of international dishes as well. Entertainment includes top 40 favorites from yesterday and today to a mixed crowd in their twenties through their forties.

Operation Hours: Monday – Tuesday: 5 pm - 12 am; Wednesday - Saturday: 5 pm - 2 am; Sunday: 10:30 am - 12 am.
The Everleigh

8) The Everleigh

Blending a mix of antique and contemporary design elements, the Everleigh offers guests an innovatively-designed space where they can dance, enjoy live music and art performances from international guests, and revel in a sophisticated social scene made up of young, hip party goers. Featuring original work by American Artist Alec Monopoly, other embellishments throughout the space include antique appliances, vintage sofas and classic wood furnishings with an old world appeal. Entertainment is served up by local and international DJs including top 40 and club favorites. VIP tables with exclusive bottle service are available as well as rooms for private events and functions.

Operation Hours: Tuesday, Friday: 10:30 pm – 2 am; Saturday: 11 pm - 2 am.

9) EFS

Well known throughout Toronto as a fantastic party spot during the summertime, EFS, which stands for Everything’s For Sale, can be found in the King West district of the city. Its sophisticated outdoor rooftop patio is lined with private cabanas, each one containing a hookah, for a unique touch that guests will just love. Private cabanas also feature exclusive bottle service as well as a menu of fine dishes to snack on. Entertainment includes an upbeat mix of top 40 music and popular hip hop favorites. Attracting a trendy set of young professionals, EFS also features a breathtaking view of the city from its splendid rooftop setting above King Street.

Operation Hours: Monday: 10 am - 6 pm; Tuesday: 10 am - 10 pm; Wednesday - Friday: 10 am — 3 am; Saturday: 2 pm - 3 am.
Thompson Toronto

10) Thompson Toronto

An exclusive rooftop lounge set aside for hotel guests and members only, Thompson Toronto offers a summertime retreat for guests to its upscale environs. Featuring one of the best panoramic views of the city skyline, including Lake Ontario in the distance, guests here can take a dip in the pool during the daytime and then lounge in one of their cozy cabanas during the evening. Despite the outdoor setting, Thompson Toronto enforces a strict dress code policy to keep the pervading vibe as upscale as possible. The indoor Lobby Bar offers comfy sofas and a relaxed atmosphere where guests can enjoy the house’s original cocktail creations. Top 40, house, hip hop, and mash-ups keep the party going all night long.

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