King West is the long-established epicentre of Toronto nightlife. The bars in this neighbourhood range from bottle service-heavy destinations to watering holes with an emphasis on craft beer. But no matter where you go, you'll always find a party and good times.
Here are my picks for the top bars on King West.
The bar that took over from the old Grand & Toy at King and Brant comes with top shelf booze, cocktail shots, food trucks eats and a bustling street-side patio.
The Addisons Residence
This clubland oasis just south of King on Wellington feels like one big house party. The bar is divided into separate rooms, like the kitchen, lounge and rec room and you'll everyone sipping cocktails, playing shuffle board and getting down to live DJs. Don't miss the huge patio in the back.
Descend the graffiti-clad stairs to this boisterous lower-level bar that spins hip hop and R&B tracks peppered with throwbacks and classic jams. Come hungry as Locals Only serves up snack food like oysters and fried chicken along with Moscow Mules in tin cans.
This Mercer Street hangout is what happens when you combine the aesthetics of a nightclub, bar and craft beer destination. Expect a stellar lineup of brews, hip hop at max volume and fun, loose crowds out to party.
On lower Bathurst, just south of King, this sprawling (8,000 square foot) nightclub books big talent on the regular. Take not it's only open only on weekends or for special events.
What's your favourite bar on King West? Let us know in the comments.
Photo of the Hoxton by Matt Forsythe.
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