A glimpse at the Toronto nightlife scene proves that locals are a hardy, devoted set when it comes to activities after dark. You’ll see proof of that in the winter, when eager partiers get bundled and line up for entry to the hottest clubs and bars in town despite sub-zero temperatures. Or, if you’re lucky enough to catch one of the few magical summer days in Toronto when last call is extended from 2am to 4am at a dozen-or-so spots (an event that usually coincides with major festivals like Canadian Music Week or TIFF), you’ll understand why this is a nightlife-loving destination.
Looking for more information on Toronto nightclubs? Check out our club guides below.
Don’t forget – we also have a free mobile app that you can download here. Use the app to see who’s spinning, sign up for guestlists, buy tickets, and book bottle service!
Toronto Nightlife FAQ
What are the hottest clubs in Toronto?
The hottest clubs in Toronto include: Rebel, Toybox, Goldie, EFS Social, Coda, Citizen, Nest, Love Child, Cube, and Lost & Found.
What are the best EDM clubs in Toronto?
The best EDM clubs in Toronto include Rebel, Toybox, and Coda, and Cube.
What are the best hip hop clubs in Toronto?
The best hip hop clubs in Toronto include EFS, Lavelle, Lost & Found, Everleigh.
Where should I stay In Toronto if I want to visit nightclubs?
If you are visiting Toronto on a vacation, or simply want to book an Airbnb for a weekend party, I suggest staying close to the Entertainment District or Fashion District, ideally somewhere close to King Street West and Portland Street, as this is the central area for which almost 90% of the nightclubs are either a short walk or a 5 minute Taxi/Uber/Lyft ride away.
How old do you have to be to go to clubs in Toronto?
The minimum age to enter night clubs in Toronto is 19 years old, which is also the legal drinking age. There are also clubs that are 25 and over, for the more mature crowd.
What are the best after hours spots in Toronto?
The best afterhours spots to keep the party going in Toronto include:
- EFS Toronto – open until 3 AM wed-sat
- Coda Toronto – open until 5 AM fri + sat
- Sneaky Dee’s – open until 4 AM Friday + Saturday
Where is the nightlife in Toronto?
The downtown core is comprised of 6 of these hubs, The Entertainment District, The Fashion District (King Street West), Queen Street West, the University Area, Kensington Market and Polson Pier.
Of these 6 hubs the main areas you’ll find most clubs in are: The Fashion District, The Entertainment District and Queen Street West, in that order.
What are the best spots for day drinking in Toronto?
- Birreria Vola
- Bar Raval
- Sneaky Dee’s
- Library Bar at Royal York
- Bar Hop Brewco
- Imperial Pub
- Queen & Beaver
What part of Toronto has the best nightlife?
The Fashion District’s name may be a bit misleading, as this is far more than simply fashion houses and boutiques. The Fashion District is where you will currently find the bulk of nightclubs in Toronto. This area caters to almost all demographics as there are venues for College and University students as well as those for young professionals as well as more mature clientele.
This is where you will find the famous King Street West clubs of Toronto. The one main gripe you may hear people complain about in Toronto is that King Street West is too ‘mainstream.’ This is generally because this is where almost 80% of Toronto comes to when they want to party. Money talks on King Street, and typically Nightclubs in this area are on the pricier end.
What are the best gay clubs/bars in Toronto?
- Woody’s and Sailor – most reliable and consistent gay bar
- Crew & tango – drag shows every night
- Beaver Cafe – monthly drag parties on West Queen West
- Buddies in Bad Times – one of Toronto’s finest theatres
- Black Eagle – used to be a staunch men’s only leather bar
- Wayla Bar – on the east end, charming patio and karaoke during the week
- El Convento Rico – hotspot for bachelor & bachelorette parties, with a gay dance club downstairs
- Club 120 – on lower church street, featuring comemdy nights and monthly gay dance nights
What time is last call in Toronto?
Last call begins at 1:45 and you have 15 minutes to finish your alcohol. It’s not permissible to serve alcohol past 2 AM, but some special events are granted 4 AM last call.
What time do clubs close in Toronto?
Clubs typically close around 2, but some of the EDM dance clubs close at 3 or 4.
What are the best music festivals in Toronto?
The best music festivals in or around Toronto include: NXNE, Canadian Music Week, Riot Fest, Field Trip, Bestival, WayHome, OVO Fest, TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Beaches International Jazz Festival, VELD Music Festival, and Digital Dreams Festival.
Is weed legal in Toronto?
Recreational marijuana is legal in all of Canada. As of April 1, 2019, Ontario’s regulated retail market finally opened for business, with all legal cannabis becoming available for purchase via the Ontario government’s e-commerce website, the Ontario Cannabis Store. Currently, there are 33 cannabis stores authorized to operate in Ontario, with a full map provided here by the AGCO. Retail stores will sell flower, pre-rolls, cannabis oils, vapes, edibles, and capsules.
Can you drink in public in Toronto?
Currently you can’t drink in public but there are some measures that allow municipal governments to make their own individual decisions on whether people can drink in parks.
Here’s a roundup of the alcohol-related changes coming to Ontario:
- Beer and wine will definitely be sold at corner stores, as that commitment was made official and reiterated
- A possible increase to the tax on wine
- Cities and towns will be allowed to make their own decisions regarding drinking in parks
- Licensed drinking establishments will be able to serve alcohol at an earlier time of day, as bars, restaurants, and golf courses will be able to serve booze at 9 a.m. (instead of the current 11 a.m.)
- Last call could stretch past 2 a.m.
- The prescribed serving amount at wineries and breweries will be removed
- Advertising for happy hours and other booze-related happenings will be amended
- Casinos can now serve free alcohol, and can advertise it
- Tailgating will be permitted at sporting events
What time should I go to the club in Toronto?
As a general rule of thumb, if you’re planning on going to a club, get on the guest-list and arrive before 11:30. Most clubs in Toronto start to get busy after that and you could find yourself waiting outside for awhile (imagine in the winter) and possibly not even getting in. Also, check the website or Facebook page for the club you’re interested in. They often have free or reduced cover depending on the night before 11:30.