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Laura Maize

Laura Maize

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Guide to the best nightlife in Toronto

Guide to the best nightlife in Toronto

Ain’t no party like a T-dot throwdown, where the beats are bumpin’ and the walls are thumpin’! Toronto boasts one of the most diverse populations in the world; as a result, its party scene is just as varied, with everything from Afrobeat jams to disco-music-fueled debauchery to salsa dance sessions. (Be weary of the lines, though; you will surely encounter a few if you’re heading out on the town.) And, its pre-party game is just as strong with hipster and hidden bars galore, and exciting eateries to soak up some of that booze. Here’s the low-down for the best throwdowns! And while you’re in the 6ix, indulge in the city’s signature cocktail—a blend of Canadian whisky, Fernet-Branca, angostura bitters, and simple syrup, natch at some of the best Toronto nightlife spots below. This guide was updated by Toronto-based writer Charmaine Noronha. At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines.  RECOMMENDED:🍸 The best bars in Toronto🥑 The best brunch in Toronto📍 The best things to do in Toronto🍽️ The best restaurants in Toronto🧖‍♀️ The best spas in Toronto

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Baldwin Village Inn

Baldwin Village Inn

This B&B is nestled into the old homes in the tucked away Baldwin Village. Close to the world-renowned Art Gallery of Ontario, walking on Baldwin will make you feel like you’ve discovered something forgotten by the bustle of the downtown core. Baldwin Street, filled with restaurants of any kind of food you can imagine, is a picturesque representation of Toronto in a nutshell. The Baldwin Village Inn has six lovely guest rooms. While washrooms are shared, the lively breakfast table and the secluded private courtyard offer the perfect mix of peace and camaraderie. Free wifi, a continental breakfast, and welcoming and knowledgeable hosts make this B&B stand out, along with the rest in the Urban North family of inns.

The Strathcona Hotel

The Strathcona Hotel

The Strathcona is the perfect place to relax during an exciting Toronto getaway. This hotel will speak to you if you’re looking to tailor your trip around a specific event or site, as the Strathcona gives different discounts for those coming in to see concerts and theatre shows, foodies who want a delectable breakfast each morning, families checking out the Ripley’s Aquarium and other venues, and even sports fans in town for a game. The rooms, centered around impossibly comfy posturepedic mattresses, are inspired by the design of Smart cars, where every feature is as efficient as possible. No wasted space here, just more room to make the room your own.

Les Amis Bed & Breakfast

Les Amis Bed & Breakfast

The Les Amis B&B will make your trip to Toronto one you won’t soon forget. B&B owner and Parisian photographer Paul-Antoine offers a warm and inviting experience by opening his home to friends from all around the world. Paul-Antoine cooks a delicious vegetarian breakfast each morning - crepes, galettes, waffles and omelettes - and this man can really cook. Four rooms are the perfect size for a solo trip or a small family, with central heat and air, comfy beds and two shared bathrooms. The third floor hosts a common area with coffee, tea, a fridge and a toaster oven. Paul-Antoine knows the city well, and will help you find your local oasis. This quiet Victorian stay is centrally located (just steps from Yonge Street) and a great location to wander around the downtown core.

Best Western Roehampton Hotel & Suites

Best Western Roehampton Hotel & Suites

There are several Best Westerns in Toronto, but this midtown location offers the quality you know from BW with a lower price point. The Roehampton Hotel & Suites is situated outside the downtown core, close to the burgeoning Uptown Yonge neighbourhood. This hotel also has some wiggle room in terms of pets and smoking rooms, specializing your experience to make you feel more at home. All rooms come with a coffee maker, mini fridge, wifi and a complimentary breakfast, along with access to a fitness centre and guest laundry.

Bond Place Hotel

Bond Place Hotel

The Bond Place Hotel boasts the most central downtown location on our list, and is perfect for the visitor who wants to shop, see a show and partake in Toronto’s amazing food scene. All 285 rooms are bright and soothing; the hardwood floors and minimalist design give the impression of a boutique hotel, particularly the ultra-modern Premier Queen Rooms, which are specially designed by local firm Cecconi & Simone. One peak out your room’s window, and the view of the Toronto skyline will remind you that you’re in the middle of all the excitement.