Want to know where to dance in Toronto without brushing up against millennials snapchatting and flossing on the dance floor? Bust a move at these nightclubs with your fellow 30+ partiers.
The Reservoir Lounge
For jazz-loving 30 and 40-somethings, this spot is a can’t-miss. This intimate jazz bar serves up the sultry sounds of swing, jazz and blues on Tuesdays to Saturdays and offers up smart cocktails and late-night tapas.
Dim lighting, exposed brick walls and red velvet booths give this speakeasy-inspired club an extra intimate vibe, where it’s not uncommon to see enamoured couples and plenty of partiers dancing the night away. Touted as one of the best jazz bars in the city, The Reservoir Lounge is perfect for a classy night out with friends or an intimate date night with your special someone.
A must-visit for lovers of Latin music, this favourite Dundas West nightclub serves up vibrant live entertainment, delicious dining options featuring tropical fusion fare and salsa lessons on the weekends.
With a mixed crowd of all ages, but leaning towards 30+ patrons, Lula Lounge is where veteran salsa dancers and newbies alike come to practice their moves and soak up the spirit of Latin America, right here in Toronto. From the colourful Latin-inspired décor to the vibrant live music, electric energy and top notch mixed drinks – we recommend the Cuban Mojito! – Lula Lounge is the place to salsa dance your troubles away.
Pravda Vodka Bar
Visiting this well-loved Toronto establishment on a Saturday night is nothing short of an experience. Catering to a more sophisticated over 30 crowd with a penchant for vodka, Pravda Vodka Bar has been a fixture in the St. Lawrence Market area for years.
A sprawling, two-story space adorned with chandeliers, red velvet and Communist-era knick-knacks, this chic Soviet resto-bar transports you to Moscow and serves up the most impressive collection of vodkas in the city – over 100 to be exact. From Absolut to Żubrówka, choose your pick of vodka to sip on the rocks or mix into a classy cocktail or martini. Pair with favourites like pierogis, rye bread and pickles or indulge in a savoury steak or burger. Soak up the exciting entertainment – dancers, musicians and flame throwers to name a few – before getting on the dance floor yourself, drink in hand.
This iconic Queen West hotspot has long been a mainstay for Toronto party-goers – and for good reason. One of the city’s not-so-hidden gems, Rivoli has played host to a number of international artists including Adele, Iggy Pop and Dave Grohl.
Featuring a dining area on one side and lounge/bar on the other, Rivoli is the perfect spot to enjoy some live music and light up the dance floor while sipping on one of the bar’s Toronto-themed cocktails, like Bellwoods Sangria, Old York Fashioned (made with blackberry whisky), Sex on Cherry Beach and even a spirited homage to Toronto’s own Champagne Papi (a mix of cognac, grapefruit cordial and sparkling).
CC Lounge and Whisky Bar
With its velvet drapery, sparkling crystal chandeliers and trendy-yet-classy ambiance, this prohibition-themed lounge transports you straight to the roaring 20s. Beloved by the 40+ crowd and a must for whisky-aficionados, step into CC Lounge and you’ll feel like you’re in a speakeasy in the middle of downtown Toronto.
With a vast offering of 100+ whiskies from all around the world and a menu of perfect-for-sharing comfort food, it’s the ideal spot to sip on a strong spirit before making your way to the dance floor. If you’re not a fan of drinking your whisky neat, there are plenty of cocktails to choose from and select wines and spirits to enjoy. Complete with disco ball chandeliers, a giant ornamental birdcage and a DJ that keeps the party going all night, there’s never a dull moment at CC Lounge.
This hip Asian fusion hotspot is a favourite of 40+ Torontonians and out-of-towners alike and pulses with energy and Southeast Asian flair.
Start your night at Spice Route by pairing some savoury small plates of Indo-Chinese fare with their signature alcoholic teas, before getting lost in the music and letting loose on the dance floor. Eclectic Asian décor and pulse-pounding music complements the electric ambiance of this chic bistro-bar, where – after dinner – the atmosphere turns electric and the dancing doesn’t stop until last call.
ROM Friday Night Live
Never partied in a museum? You’re missing out!
Begin your night by grabbing a drink and a tasty treat from a variety of food vendors all over the museum, serving up everything from burgers and fries to liquid nitrogen ice cream. Then, explore the ROM’s many galleries, from ancient artifacts to animal exhibits, with your drink of choice in hand. End your night by dancing away in the great hall-turned-dance-floor.
Alleycatz Restaurant Lounge
A well-known jazz club in the dynamic Yonge and Eglinton area, Alleycatz serves up eclectic menu offerings with distinct Mediterranean flair and features live jazz, blues and salsa.
A favourite for the 30 to 55 age group, Alleycatz is bursting with energy, especially on Friday and Saturday nights. Dig into a selection of savoury dishes, including penne alla vodka, steak salad and stuffed chicken supreme, while sipping on a strong martini and soaking up the smoky sound of live jazz. Then, get on the dance floor with your friends (or your date) and dance all your worries away.