As one of the most multicultural cities in the world, Toronto has an absolutely stellar array of entertainment options. New venues keep popping up and old favorites have been refurbished as this city continues to propel itself to the heights of culture and fun. From top-notch theaters and world-class comedy shows to punk rock bands and retro martini bars, you will find something that tickles your fancy in Toronto.
Toronto has an incredible bar scene, and the locals are fully dedicated to keeping it up and running. The city is full of quirky and authentic watering holes, many of which have been around for years, if not decades. Low-key pool (billiards) bars are popular as much as cigar and martini bars. But perhaps the greatest Toronto nightlife institution is the cocktail bar, and there are plenty of these to choose from. One of the hotter areas to have a drink these days is along Dundas West.
The club scene is alive and well, and full of variety, though these types of venues definitely come and go. Every flavor from cross-dressing to Latin pulse can be found in the city, but it’s best to check the local entertainment guides to see what’s currently open. Most places start rocking around 23:00 and go on until 03:00. However, Toronto has a huge underground nightlife scene, which means that there are plenty of things to do after clubs close there shutters.
Toronto is one of the best cities in the world to catch the latest Broadway theater performances, and when they come here, they head to the Royal Alexandra Theater. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra is world-renowned and performs at Roy Thomson Hall from September to June. During June and July, the symphony hosts free concerts at some of the outdoor venues around Toronto.
Canada’s first purpose-built opera house, the Four Seasons Center for the Performing Arts just opened and will be the new home of the Canadian Opera Company and the National Ballet of Canada, which is the most beloved of Toronto’s cultural icons.