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The street level patio at Pauper's - Toronto

The street level patio at Pauper's

Eating and drinking: Great Pub with a Great View Eating and drinking Review

Pauper's Pub is located near the University of Toronto hence is full of the student crowd and other locals. Though the food is only average the pub is huge and has a great roof patio with a superb view of the Toronto Skyline. There is also a piano bar on the second floor of the pub. I find the ground floor particularly cozy on a cold night.

Dress Code: Casual

Theme: Eating and Drinking

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 28, 2014
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The Silver Dollar Room - Toronto

The Silver Dollar Room

The Silver Dollar Room: Toronto's Premier Blues Club Nightclubs and bars Review

This is the place to go to if you want to see a quality blues band during your stay in Toronto. This is actually since there is not much to choose from as Toronto is not a great blues town. However the Silver Dollar does host some noted acts from time to time. For instance I saw Alvin Youngblood Hart and Mem Shannon here. Other notables roll through here too when they are tour. Furthermore the is the place to go to if you want to see what is happening on the Canadian Blues scene. Acts like the Downchild Blues Band frequently play here.
There is a problem with the location of the place. It is right next door to a homeless shelter however this makes the immediate neighborhood seedy rather than dangerous. I have had no problems there.
Word on the street is that this bar will close down and the building demolished sometime in the not too distant future. Regardless it rarely books important acts anymore and is in the decline.

Dress Code: Casual

Address: 486 Spadina Ave.

Directions: On the Northern edge of Toronto's famed Chinatown.

Phone: 416-763-9139

Theme: Live Music

Website: http://www.silverdollarroom.com

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 17, 2014
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The Horseshoe Tavern - Toronto

The Horseshoe Tavern

The Horseshoe Tavern: Best Place in Toronto to See a Live Rock Band

The Horseshoe (or Shoe) is quite simply the best place in Toronto to see a live band whether it be rock or country even zydeco. Not only have great local acts like the Tragically Hip played here so have notable international bands. Such bands as Crowded House(their last live gig before they got back together), the Talking Heads, and the English Beat have all played here at somepoint in their careers. The Rolling Stones even played a show here.
The Shoe is a relatively small place seating about 500 people. Furthermore the bar in the front of the venue is a great place to hang out.

Dress Code: Casual.

Address: 370 Queen St. West, Toronto, Ontario

Directions: On the edge of the so-called Entertainment District.

Phone: 416-598-4753

Theme: Live Music

Website: http://www.horseshoetavern.com

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 22, 2013
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McVeigh's Irish Pub - Toronto

McVeigh's Irish Pub

McViegh's Irish Pub: Toronto's Most Authentic Irish Pub

McVeigh's Irish Pub is a decade's old Irish Pub that opened up here in Toronto before this sort of establishment became so fashionable. Today there seems to be an Irish pub on every street corner in Ontario but when you walk into here, you feel that you really are in Ireland. The reasons for this are plentiful. It's owner, now very aged, is Irish. Most of the Irish pubs in Toronto are owned by corporations and there is little actual heart in their pubs. Just Irish- like decor and pints of Guinness. Quite often many of the staff is also from Ireland (they change regularly as this is a high turnover profession). The decor here is nothing fancy. In fact if not for the atmosphere, it would be a dump. What I like best about McVeigh's is that there is Irish music played here most nights. This means the place is quite busy and lots of fun.

Dress Code: Casual

Directions: just east of the business district and the Eaton Centre.

Theme: Live Music

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 25, 2007
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My Favourite After Work Bar - Toronto
Irish Embassy: My Favourite After Work Bar Nightclubs and bars Review

I frequently get asked at work "Where should we go for a drink?". When I say "the Irish Embassy", I get puzzled stares and maybe a giggle thinking that I am making a joke relating to the Irish stereotype with regards to beer consumption. In fact the Irish Embassy is a very popular, somewhat upscale pub, in the middle of the business district in Toronto. The pub is especially popular with business people after work and all the suits seem to mesh well with the marble-top and brass decor. The Irish Embassy is housed in a building built in 1873 that used to be a bank so it has high ceilings and is very spacious. It is also very popular on the weekends. I come here during important football and hockey matches like the Winter Olympics, European Cup and Champions League games.

Dress Code: At time business attire after work to fit in but usually casual.

Address: 49 Yonge St., Toronto ON, M5E1J1

Directions: At Wellington and Yonge Street.

Phone: www.irishembassypub.com

Theme: Eating and Drinking

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 6, 2007
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The Rex Hotel - Toronto

The Rex Hotel

The Rex Hotel: The Rex Hotel Nightclubs and bars Review

The best place to see and hear Jazz in Toronto. The Rex used to be a dive where serious drinkers hang out but over the years it has been renovated. Now best Jazz musicians in Canada make frequent visits. The cover charge ranges from $4 to $10. The beer is relatively cheap. So is the food which includes pretty decent burgers. My one problem with the Rex is that it is noisy whereby few patrons actually seem to be terribly interested in listening to the band.
The Rex receives alot of tourist traffic because of it's proximity to the large international hotels. The Hilton is just two blocks east.

Dress Code: Come as you are.

Address: 194 Queen Street West.

Directions: Queen Street West just west of University Ave.

Phone: 416) 598-2475

Theme: Live Music

Review Helpfulness: 1.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 30, 2005
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The Wheat Sheaf Tavern - Toronto

The Wheat Sheaf Tavern

The Wheat Sheaf Tavern: Toronto's Oldest Bar

The Wheat Sheaf Tavern is Toronto's oldest bar being built in 1848. Back then it actually would have been on the western outskirts of town. Today it is would best be described as being on the edge of the Entertainment District. The neighborhood used to be rather dicey but has improved in recent years.
The Wheat Sheaf of today is basically a sports bar, a great place to gather with friends to watch the Leafs or the Super Bowl. It is very popular with locals, probably because the beer is cheap and for the fact that it has decent pub food.

Dress Code: Casual

Address: 667 King Street West

Directions: Western edge of the Entertainment District. Bathurst and King St. West.

Phone: 416-504-9912

Theme: Other

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Apr 15, 2003
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