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Hair of the Dog

Bars & pubs

A smart and cosy pub with a quiet patio (in summer), a decent menu and a good selection of beer. Men and women, gay and straight.

425 Church Street

Hemingway's

Bars & pubs, Restaurants & cafés

New Zealander Martin McSkimming opened this friendly restaurant and bar in 1980, and you'll still find him hanging around chatting with the regulars. The...

142 Cumberland Street

Imperial Pub & Library Tavern

Bars & pubs

This slice of faded grandeur is not trendy but it's got character. Behind its dull brick exterior, the tavern glows with soft colours, photos of James Dean...

54 Dundas Street E
Tags: Pub

Insomnia

Bars & pubs

Insomnia started out as an internet café, but the only vestiges are one computer and the late opening hours. The lounge is busiest in the winter, when all...

563 Bloor Street W
Tags: Bar

Irish Embassy Pub & Grill

Bars & pubs, Restaurants & cafés

This historic British colonial building, dating from 1873, was the first merchant bank in Toronto. Now an upscale Irish pub, it has retained its original...

49 Yonge Street

Laide

Bars & pubs

Feeling frisky? The nude sculptures and grainy old soft-core playing above the bar should get you in the mood. The dark, candlelit lounge is not first-date...

138 Adelaide Street E
Tags: Bar

Last Temptation

Bars & pubs

A shady oasis by day, a beacon of light by night, the Temp is a favourite with Toronto's alternative media people, as well as old-timers who quietly sip...

12 Kensington Avenue
Tags: Bar

Lee's Palace & the Dance Cave

Bars & pubs, Clubs, Music

Helped by its proximity to the University of Toronto, this has long been one of the city's premier rock clubs. The high, wide stage, rockin' bartenders and...

529 Bloor Street W

Library Bar

Bars & pubs

The Library Bar - all wood panelling, leather chairs and bookshelves - is a classy, atmospheric retreat, just off the busy lobby of the Fairmont Royal...

Fairmont Royal York Hotel
Tags: Bar

Lion on the Beach

Budget
Bars & pubs, Restaurants & cafés

This casual pub is a Beaches staple, and a popular gathering spot for large groups. There are two quiet patios and top 40 cover bands at the weekend.

1958 Queen Street E

Lobby Bar

Bars & pubs

To see and be seen: that's the raison d'être of this Four Seasons bar, which offers a front-row seat for watching A-list comings and goings. Though known...

Four Seasons Hotel
Tags: Bar

Lo'La

Bars & pubs

A small bar with a larger patio whose purpose is to lubricate the boys before a night of partying.

7 Maitland Street

Lot 16

Bars & pubs

This low-key bar is literally and figuratively in the shadow of the Drake. The retro light fixtures, simple cocktails and plain decor make a welcome change...

1136 Queen Street W
Tags: Bar

Madison Avenue Pub

Bars & pubs, Restaurants & cafés

The Frankenstein's monster of the frat scene, the Maddy is made up of three Victorian mansions grafted together into five patios, six rooms (each of which...

14 Madison Avenue

Octapus

Bars & pubs, Clubs

This revamped garage cultivates a Caribbean feel with billowing curtains and a relaxed vibe. DJs spin house, soul, reggae and hip hop. Survey the scene from...

293 Palmerston Avenue