Queen Street is the epicenter of all things music, fashion, performance and entertainment culture. There’s no wonder that any given weekend its crawling with people wanting to party. We rounded up our favorite places to wander to on Queen Street.
One of the most famous live music bars in Toronto, it has been around for over 20 years. A range of different music is performed in this bar, such as punk, retro, and metal. There’s a rooftop tiki bar. Not many dive bars can say they have a rooftop bar. This makes Bovine a hidden gem on Queens Street.
If you’re into the science of cocktails, BarChef is where you’re going to want to be. They don’t just make cocktails, they craft them. Regulars call this the chicest and sexiest cocktail bar in the Toronto. Drinks can be a bit expensive but it’s worth every penny as each drink tells quite the story. Asking for a vodka/soda here is a slap in the face to the craft.
With 268 bottles and cans from around the world, 24 drafts on tap and 4 menus, The Rhino is one heck of a spot to check out! The beer list is so huge that it’s almost overwhelming. The atmosphere is awesome and there’s always a nice crowd. If you’re okay with reasonably priced quality food and drinks The Rhino is where you want to be.
Escape life the moment you walk into Cube Nightclub. It oozes sophistication and party. Cube welcomes international DJs and boasts a huge dance floor. The design is inspired by the sixties and seventies and is more than an entertainment venue. It’s an entertainment experience.
The Hideout has been a staple for over a decade. Two bars, three rooms and a popular patio makes The Hideout the place to be. They’re always hosting indie artists and supporting multiple festivals. It’s more of an intimate experience and it’s definitely worth a spot on your list of places to check out on Queen Street.
Apt 200 is cozy and it’s like walking into someone’s house. The cocktails are great and the music will have you dancing all night. It’s like enjoying a few drinks over someone’s house instead of being in a nightclub.
Rush Lane & Co has Manhattan’s on tap and everyone talks about it. The food is creative snacks that appear to be gourmet. They don’t hire bartenders instead they hire drink artists to serve your drinks. There is no bad seat in this place and it’ll quickly become your favorite.
The Drake Hotel most definitely is no ordinary hotel lounge. It hosts an array of live music performers and DJs. The lush decor invites you in and the music and service makes you want to stay. It also has a rooftop patio that is quite the talk of the town.
The Gladstone Hotel is a multi-functional event space that hosts quite the parties from art shows to lectures and even burlesque. It also hosts a weekly Legos and Lagers event every Tuesday. This 19th century building has seen people of all kinds and parties celebrating just about everything.
One of the oldest and most popular live music bars in Toronto, its stage has been graced by some legendary names in the music industry, such as The Rolling Stones, Willie Nelson, and Etta James to name a few. This place is a complete dive bar but if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it!
Did your favorite hot spot make the list? What’s your favorite place on Queen Street?