Late Night Delight: The Liveliest After-Hours Bars in Toronto
It’s 1:50 am on a Friday night and you’re not ready to call it a night. What’s a fun-loving night owl to do?
While Toronto’s liquor laws require bars to stop serving alcohol at 2:00 am, not all of them will kick you out afterwards. In fact, some spots only start to pick up around this time, as enlightened club crawlers know. From swanky clubs to rocking stages, here are six popular Toronto hangouts where you can keep the party going after last call.
Hot, sweaty and crowded, Comfort Zone is an after-hours club in the truest sense of the word. The place is notorious for its sunset to sunrise dance parties, and if you show up on a Sunday afternoon you’ll often see partiers still raving from the night before. It can feel a bit sketchy at times, but CZ regulars will tell you that’s all part of the experience.
Hours: 2:00 am to 10:00 am and 9:00 pm to 2:00 am (Saturday), 4:00 am to 12:00 pm and 8:00 pm to 4:00 am (Sunday)
Music: House, Electro
Cover: $10 to $15
Location: 333 King Street West
Contact: (416) 975-0909 | ComfortZoneToronto.com
Toronto’s gay club-going population was heartbroken when Fly – one of the Village’s last remaining gay dance clubs and frequent recipient of Best Dance Club in Toronto awards – closed following WorldPride. Thankfully, the popular after-hours party spot was reborn a month later as Fly 2.0. While catering to men who like men, Fly 2.0 welcomes anyone and everyone. The fist-pumping music, strobe lights and go-go dancers will help you keep the party going until 4 am.
Hours: 9:00 pm to 4:00 am (Friday to Saturday)
Music: Top 40, Euro, Mashup, Electro
Cover: $10 to $15
Location: 8 Gloucester Street
Contact: (416) 410-5426 | FlyYYZ.com
What happens when you combine delicious Italian food with a wide selection of martinis, a live DJ and late hours? Pure bliss. Tucked away in the centre of Little Italy, Li’ly Resto-Lounge has a cozy Old Country atmosphere, but don’t let that fool you. This place turns into a party spot after the sun goes down and stays bumpin’ until 3 am. Come before last call to sample something from the impressive martini list, then order some tapas and chill by the bar while the DJ spins Top 40 and Techno tunes.
Hours: 7:00 pm to 3:00 am (Friday to Saturday)
Music: Top 40, House
Cover: $5 to $10 with guestlist
Location: 656 College Street
Contact: (416) 532-4575 | LilyLounge.com
A popular spot for intimate parties and private events, this classy lounge is tucked away in the heart of the Entertainment District on Richmond Street West. Its sophisticated bamboo floors and contemporary décor will make you feel like a VIP as you groove to the hip hop and trance beats. Polite staff, friendly patrons and a generally chill vibe make this a perfect venue for winding down your evening.
Hours: 10:00 pm to 3:00 am (Thursday to Saturday)
Music: Hip Hop, R&B, House, Trance
Cover: $10 to $15
Location: 471 Richmond Street West
Contact: (647) 893-8899 | Populus Toronto on Facebook
Envision a cavernous dance floor decked out with a state-of-the-art sound system and populated by a crowd of energetic EDM lovers – that’s what you can expect to find at Coda. The new incarnation of Footwork, one of Toronto’s best loved (and recently closed) dance clubs, Coda is designed for techno-craving night owls who just want to get lost in the music. Come any time before 5 am to bust a move on the dance floor or simply hang out on the surrounding couches. Be sure to book tickets in advance if you plan on attending a show here since they tend to sell out fast.
Hours: 10:00 pm to 5:00 am (Friday to Saturday)
Music: EDM, House, Techno, Live DJs
Cover: $25 to $30
Location: 794 Bathurst Street
Contact: (416) 536-0346 | CodaToronto.com
There’s no need to end your weekend night early in Toronto. Keep the fun going all night long – you can always sleep it off the next day before continuing your exploration of Toronto’s club scene.