The average visitor to Toronto enjoys the culture of the city, the sights, and the sounds of a large cosmopolitan metropolis with a multi-cultural twist. Yet often as the sun sets, everyone has a hard time deciding on where to go to party the night away.
The Entertainment district of Toronto is the center of a vibrant nightlife scene, and provides an array of options for visitors to the city, which tends to be more alive at night then during the daytime hours.
Many Toronto residents are experts on having a night out exploring the different opportunities available from many different and distinct districts being located in the downtown Toronto core area.
These popular Toronto Entertainment Districts include:
- Downtown Yonge Street
- St. Lawrence Market
- Kensington Market, and
- the upscale areas of King West
All of these entertainment districts cater to crowds looking for a night out with friends, and to a public interested in mingling with the locals over a few drinks making memories of a night on the town in Toronto.
Yet the average visitor is often on a budget. Many visitors are not interested in going out for a night and having to break the bank on drinks, coat check fees, cover charges, and other unaccountable expenses.
The Entertainment District provides the requirements a visitor to the city would have, as well as being easily accessible throughout the downtown core.
The entire area located between University Ave, and Spadina Ave. and centred between Queen Street and Lakeshore boulevard offers many visitors the entertainment they are seeking. The central location of the area within the downtown core makes it easily accessible to many residents staying within the downtown area, as well as those having a slight commute staying around the Yorkville and Bloor areas.
There are over 300 restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and lounges within the 2 square Kilometre district. Walking from one bar to another is an effective mode of transportation, due to a grid like pattern of the streets and the accessibility of the TTC along King Street, Queen Street, and Spadina Avenue streetcar lines.
There are two subway stops along University Avenue at King street. St. Andrew Station and Osgoode Station located at Queen Street, providing access late into the night for those entering and exiting the Toronto Entertainment District.
The Entertainment District is also known as an area of Toronto that is alive at night, more so then it is during the hustle and bustle of the day. The neighbourhood also has a distinct feel when it comes down to the overall atmosphere of the area. Being described as eclectic, with a blend of cultural crowds often visible and present in the area, including those going to bars or lounges, which may be parallel to another crowd going to restaurants and nightclubs.
There are three basic types of establishments common throughout the area including:
A bar is generally used for the sale of alcoholic beverages, and come under different names such as pubs or taverns, and tend not to have loud music and a more laidback atmosphere, along with a variety of "pub grub".
The average bar within the area will accept patrons that are 19 years or older, are inexpensive, typically costs run $10-$15 for coat check, cover fee, and a drink.
Some notable Toronto Bar establishments that come under personal recommendation include:
- Elephant & Castle on King Street
- Gabby's Grill and Bar on King Street
- An Irish pub on Duncan Street under the name of Grace O'Malley's
If a visitor was to look for lounges within the area, there are practical solutions for a night out. Lounges tend to have mainstream progressive music and tend to be more expensive then their bar counterparts. Lounges main focus are on the sale of alcoholic drinks with a cocktail hour environment.
They typically attract a higher age category of 21 to 25 year olds with an average entrance fee, along with the cost of a drink and coat check hovering in the $15-$40 range.
Businesses anchored within the area under the Toronto Lounge atmosphere include:
- The Fifth Social Club on Richmond Street
- 7 Lounge on Richmond street
- Schmooze Lounge on Mercer Street
Lastly the typical visitor to the area may have a desire to just dance the night away. They often visit nightclub style establishments centred on music.
Nightclubs tend to be larger in size, and focus on the sale of alcoholic beverages to compliment the music within the atmosphere of the establishment.
The Entertainment District in Toronto offers many such establishments including:
- Tryst Nightclub on Peter Street
- Century Room on King Street
- Circa on John Street
The average age of entry for these establishments is 19 years or older, and costs range in the area of $20-$40 for a drink, entry fee, and the coat check.
The variety of shops present in the Entertainment District located in downtown Toronto provide a viable option for the average visitor on a budget looking to have a night out, and making lasting memories of their stay in Toronto.
The Toronto Entertainment district is able to provide as the name suggests, entertainment for a variety of different cultures and crowds.