Toronto Life

Whether this is your first time in Toronto, second or hundredth, there’s always something new to do. Here are just a couple things to check out while visiting.


  • Dine TO is an extensive website detailing not only some of the best places to eat in the city, but it also covers bars, hotels, attractions and even movies. There are a number of other restaurant finders online such as Toronto restaurants, and TorDine.



Not sure where you want to go for a cold one? The Toronto Life article “The City’s Best Bars” will help you narrow things down. Using blogTO‘s “Find a Bar” page, users can search for bars by neighbourhood, and interact with the map to find the addresses and descriptions of near by bars.

If you’re looking for something local, here are a few noteworthy places that can be found just around the corner.

Near the Hotel:

Over Easy – 208 Bloor St. West

“Over Easy Breakfast Restaurant is a moderatly priced cozy restaurant located by Bloor St. and Avenue Rd. in the Annex area of Downtown Toronto. Over Easy specializes in canadian cuisine and features a patio, breakfast, brunch, lunch in a casual atmosphere.”

Duke of York Pub – 39 Prince Arthur Ave

“Duke of York Pub is a moderatly priced trendy bar located by Bloor St. and Queens Pk. in the Annex area of Downtown Toronto. This pub spot features a patio, open on sunday in a casual atmosphere.” –

Kilgours – 509 Bloor St. West

Warning! This is a very partisan Montreal Canadiens fan bar. Fortunately for you (but unfortunately for them), the Hockey season has ended (some time ago it must be said, for the Habs). Good food, great beer, and a nice patio. Charm of being served by the eponymous publican a bonus!

Victory Café – 581 Markham St

In the metaphorical shadow of the literal bright lights of Toronto landmark Honest Ed’s, this lovely bar / restaurant has a giant patio which offers a cool, shady afternoon retreat. Lots of Canadian craft beers on draft and bottle (just don’t ask for Canadian).

New Generation Sushi – 493 Bloor St. West

A standout on a strip of sushi restaurants. New Generation is a neighbourhood favourite, very reasonably priced. The service is quick, which is great because it’s a very popular spot!

Near the Greenhouse:

Café la Gaffe – 24 Baldwin St

A cute bistro nestled on a street where you’d have a hard time finding anything other than a restaurant. The eclectic Cafe La Gaffe in Baldwin Village serves fresh salads, pizza, risotto and sandwiches.

Midi Bistro – 168 McCaul St.

“Midi brings you the relaxed ambience of a typical French bistro and offers simple and tasteful dishes inspired by the south of France. Imagine…the beautiful flavours and subtle aromas of classic meals prepared with care and the soft murmur of people enjoying each other’s company.”


Epicure – 502 Queen St West

Epicure Café has been serving the neighborhood for over forty years. The menu, influenced by Northern Italian and Provençal cuisine is extensive and includes a wide range of items, from Steak Frites, Duck Confit and Bouillabaisse to our well-known homemade burgers and pizzas.

Wheat Sheaf Tavern – 667 King St West

One of Toronto’s oldest bars, this brick building dates from 1849 and still has the pleasing feel of an old-time watering hole. Sports blare from the 13 TVs, and photos of Canadian athletes grace the walls. Outside, a patio full of beer drinkers keeps watch over the Bathurst streetcar line.

Entertainment District:

Rexx – 194 Queen St West

There was a time when the Rex was—why mince words?—a dive. Then it got rhythm (it opened as a rooming house in the early 1800s and became a jazz bar in the 1980s). Today it features 19 live jazz performances. The room itself stays true to basics, with mahogany wainscotting, an oak bar and stained glass windows. Cover up to $9; most shows pay-what-you-can.

SPiN Galactic Ping Pong Social Club – 461 King Street West.

The Toronto branch of New York’s famous ping pong bar. You know this game is endlessly fun, and when you add cocktails and music into the mix, it’s a definite good time. They even use special balls filled with a gas that deadens the sound ,which would otherwise be deafening from the dozens of tables.