Toronto Nightlife

Toronto has a very trendy nightlife, offering bars, lounges, clubs and live music venues. The city's multicultural and cosmopolitan vibe extends into its nightlife, with a variety of entertainment options in various areas of the city. Toronto's nightlife buzzes on weekends, but the city is big and energetic enough that you'll find a party any night of the week if you know where to look.

Provincial law requires venues to serve food as well as alcohol, so many pubs and bars in Toronto are as much restaurants as they are drinking holes. Little Italy has a number of trattorias that double as bars, while Greektown has its own ethnic flair and party atmosphere. Bars and pubs close around 2am. Dance clubs stay open till dawn, with late-night buses picking up after-hours commuters when the subway shuts down. Clubs come and go fairly quickly in Toronto, so check out local nightlife guides like the free weekly Now for the hottest spots.

The legal drinking age in Ontario is 19, which is well below the 21-year-old limit in the neighbouring USA, but is strictly enforced at most venues. Dress codes tend to be relaxed, but many will refuse entry for people wearing blue jeans or trainers.

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