9 Reasons Why Toronto is Not a City For Early Nights

20 Aug 2016

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The city of Toronto is not one for early nights. From karoke bars in Koreatown and Indie gigs in underground venues, to relaxed pubs and uber-chic clubs, it’s easy to stay out from dusk ‘til dawn in this wide-awake metropolis.

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Early Mercy bar in downtown Toronto
Morning forgives at Early Mercy bar. Photo: Early Mercy

1. Early Mercy

Early Mercy on King Street West is all about good cocktails, draught beer and casual small plates that hit the spot. No dress code and no pretentious service. Gather here for a laid back night of great music and good company. Open ‘til 2am.

2. The Pilot (The Flight Deck)

This Yorkville rooftop bar has become a Toronto institution since being named Canada’s Favourite Patio by readers of The Globe and Mail. Outdoor heaters, cold drinks and great cuisine at Flight Deck guarantees an unforgettable night out.

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Enjoy the beats of a talented roster of DJs at Uniun. Photo: Uniun Nightclub

3. Uniun

Blending the latest in music and lights technology and industrial decor, Uniun is the only nightclub of its kind Toronto. Its multi-dimensional audio, spectacular LED lights and visual imagery provides the perfect space for the rotating roster of local and international DJs. Open ‘til 2am.

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Colourful dancers at Lula Bar, Toronto
Salsa the night away at Lula Bar. Photo: Lula Bar

4. Lula Lounge

Stop here for live salsa, jazz and world music! Get into the spirit with a free salsa lesson, sip on sangria and dance to the beat of Toronto’s most exciting jazz, Latin and world music talent. Lula Lounge is an epicentre for accomplished performers and emerging musicians.


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5. The Citizen

The Citizen is the perfect place to catch the game, hang out on the patio, enjoy a cosy dinner for two, or party late into the night. You’ll find it in the very hip borough of King West, often compared to the trendy Soho neighbourhood of New York. Open ‘til 2am.

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People enjoy food and drink at Citizen Bar Toronto
Good food and great vibes at The Citizen. Photo: The Citizen Toronto

6. Grace O’Malleys

“Gracie’s” as the locals call it, is an energetic venue for Canada’s top Maritime musical acts along with great local talent. Enjoy the warm comfortable atmosphere at Gracie’s paired with home-style hospitality, east coast charm and fine Maritime pub fare.

7. Lost and Found

Lost and Found’s unique space in the basement of a hundred year-old building in the heart of King West wears the history of another era on her walls. Open ‘til 2am, dance the night away to edgy music and excellent DJs.

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Young people party on a deck with city views of Toronto
Enjoy Toronto cityscapes with your drink. Photo: The Porch Toronto

8. The Porch

Head upstairs at The Porch on Adelaide Street to enjoy a spectacular view of the Toronto skyline in the shadow of the CN Tower. Unwind with a patio beer before dinner, sip an ice cold margarita, or take in a breezy summer night with friends over delicious food.

9. Bar Raval

Don’t leave Toronto without spending an evening at Bar Raval in the heart of the city. Inspired by the Raval district of Barcelona, this Spanish tavern serves up tapas, cocktails and music in a cosy room scattered with stools and beer barrel seating for a relaxed, friendly vibe.

Philipa Macken

Philipa is a published children's author and also has experience in corporate copywriting for clients such as Red Bull Australia, Club Med, Mirvac, Travel Alberta, Destination British Alberta, TravelThereNext and Travel Utopia. Since 2009, she has been writing for the Canadian Tourism Commission and joined the media team for Travel Alberta in 2012.