FOOD AND DRINK
Toronto's Best Bars for Bad Decisions at Last Call
We’ve all had those nights when we want to push it just a little too far. We don’t necessarily need that last call, but it’s the perfect capper to an epic evening out on the town. Within recent memory, this city used to be called “Toronto the Good” but you wouldn’t know it from a late night visit to these places.
The Drake Hotel
Between the hopping rooftop bars, the cavernous Underground music venue, and the gorgeous main floor bar, The Drake Hotel truly does have it all. The party tends to move upstairs at the end of the night, where you’ll find Toronto’s in-the-know crowd quaffing cocktails ‘til last call.
1150 Queen Street West, 416-531-5042
With a super-cool hidden location behind a steel door in a Kensington Market shopping mall, Cold Tea comes alive after 11pm when some of the city’s best deejays start dialing up the energy in the room. With no front entrance and one of the city’s best patios, this place still somehow manages to remain a relatively well-kept secret.
60 Kensington Avenue, 416-546-4536
The Painted Lady
The Painted Lady is a love letter to New Orleans, a town known for wild abandon and all-nighters. With a classic, gorgeous mahogany bar, a candlelit back wall and great live music, The Lady is as close as it gets to the Crescent City in Toronto the Good.
218 Ossington Avenue, 647-213-5239
It’s always a tight squeeze at the dive-y Wide Open, which would certainly scoop the Narrowest Bar Prize if there was such an award. It’s space is literally fashioned out of a laneway between two buildings. It’d also be a candidate for liveliest little ongoing party bar, thanks to its unpretentious atmosphere and youthful clientele.
139 Spadina Avenue, 416-727-5411
It can get pretty wild at the end of the night at the raucous and noisy People’s Eatery in Chinatown, but with ample choice for small plates and excellent drinks, you can rein in the chaos and keep the celebrations relatively within reason.
307 Spadina Avenue, 416-792-1784
With foosball, low ceilings, neon lights, rocking music and shots galore, The Peacock comes by its reputation honestly. It’s where King West collectively convenes to have “one for the road” and get the real party going.
365 King Street West, 416-551-8063
Although the kitchen closes at midnight, the party goes right to the end at Triple A. Thanks to its slightly off-the-beaten path location, it’s still a hangout for those that are in-the-know but don’t want to veer too far from the downtown core. Super-casual vibe, dry-rub ribs, and a great selection of beers and bourbon.
138 Adelaide Street East, 416-850-2726
Last night’s party was almost certainly at The Hoxton. If you missed it, don’t worry. This chic club will be jammed again tonight and every night in the near future.
69 Bathurst Street, 647-400-4788
Get Well is best-known for its great selection of vintage pinball machines, old school video games, pool tables and better-than-decent beer selection. Notable for an eclectic décor that mixes twentieth century tavern with disco balls and comfy couches, it’s a hit with the Dundas-Oz crowd coming off the night shifts and those spilling out of nearby bars looking for the last stop on the party train.
1181 Dundas Street West, 647-351-2337