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  • Shannon Wolf | September 17, 2016 11:00 PM ET

    Drink, Drank, Drunk: Toronto's Nightlife Culture

    Drink, Drank, Drunk: Toronto's Nightlife Culture

    PHOTO: Walking through Unlovable's hallway, you feel transported back to the good old days of basement parties. (All photos by Shannon Wolf)

    How much was drank last night? Drunk last night? No, we drink, drank, drunk a hole in our wallets — but damn, it was worth it.

    And in Toronto, this is a fun but frequent reality. Our drinking culture is no joke and we take our bars seriously. We want good beats, good drinks and good vibes. “Condo City” has an extravagant number of ways to party on. With that said, you can imagine how a city overloaded with condos could have some benefit. No matter where you end up, no matter how drunk you get, salvation is just a simple crawl away.


    Clinton’s Tavern

    693 Bloor St. W

    Cover: $10

    Every Saturday night, the lineup is around the corner so be sure to go early. This spot is a huge hit for anyone wishing they lived in a different era. The dance floor comes alive with the best nostalgic songs from the 70s to 90s with good vibes all around.

    Bellwoods Brewery

    124 + 126 Ossington Ave.

    Cover: None

    This radical brewery is always packed — and for good reason. The list of quality craft beers is extensive; the staff is passionate and knowledgeable about what they serve. And the best part? It’s communal seating, which means it’s a great place to meet new people.


    1415 Dundas St. W

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    One of the harder speakeasies to find, Unlovable is named after a song by The Smiths (so obviously, the bar is automatically cool). Hosting vintage decor along with pinball machines and cool DJs, you’ll have a blast here — if you can manage to find it.

    PHOTO: Prepare to be in awe over the artistic drinks at Bar Chef or the Ice Bar at CHILL Ice House.

    READ MORE: Toronto’s Top 7 Dive Bars


    Dance Cave

    529 Bloor St. W

    Cover: $12 (discount with student ID)

    The music here ranges from indie to hip-hop to oldies and the dance floor is massive. The crowd is mostly college kids, but it’s a great place to get your groove on with reasonably priced drinks.

    Crown and Tiger

    414 College St.

    Cover: None

    If your goal is to get drunk and you don’t care about watered-down lager, Crown and Tiger serves up ridiculously cheap pitchers and bar food all night long.

    Ten Mile Aroma

    1415-B Dundas St. W

    Cover: None

    This may be a restaurant but it’s a sure good way to start your night off. A secret spot known among students, the food itself is mediocre but you don’t come here for that. Say hello to the only place in town where a pitcher costs $5.

    PHOTO: Whether you shake that thang at Dance Cave or keep it classy at Bellwoods Brewery, you can’t go wrong.


    Bar Chef

    472 Queen St. W

    Note: Reserve In Advance

    If you’re looking to basically attend an art show, you need to head to Bar Chef. It will put a hole in your wallet but the cocktails are a literal work of art delicately hand-crafted, leaving you nothing but speechless in light of the beauty.

    CHILL Ice House

    82 Bathurst St.

    Cover: $20

    If you’re looking to chill out; you can literally do that here. It’s a specialty lounge made of ice with frozen DJ Booths, frozen furniture and sculptures.

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Shannon Wolf Tales From the Leap

Shannon Wolf Shannon Wolf is a freelance photographer and writer, traveling across the globe with an open itinerary and no intent of stopping. Originally from Toronto, Canada, she left behind a fast paced life to truly live and not just exist in an attempt to inspire others to follow their bliss. At age 26, Shannon has visited 20+ countries on four continents around the world. She has travelled overland by chicken-bus and tuk-tuks, hitchhiked by fruit trucks and through islands on horse and buggy. She has slept in the jungles of Nicaragua, on benches in London, secluded hidden beaches and she’s only getting started.
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