If you enter the biggest city in Canada without a clue as to where you may find your style of nightlife, it may be quite overwhelming. The good news is that this travel destination actually has something for everyone and breaks down pretty well by interest, with the majority of venues, bars, and clubs located right in large, central Old Toronto.
The most famous and longest running nightlife district in Toronto is Clubland. What used to be the highest concentration of drinking and dancing in all of North America has whittled down to a more pedestrian couple dozen establishments on Adelaide and Richmond Streets. The names on facades change more often than underwear, but the vibe stays the same: covers are less than in the fashion district, but so is the pretentious attitude, so you'll see a bit of a younger crowd out this way with a focus more on drinking and getting down. Then again, there is actually a vivacious theater and arts scene around these parts, with improv comedy stand-by Second City and Royal Alexandra Theater, among a few others.
Head a handful of blocks west to the Fashion District for a selection of classier clubs and lounges, encountered with frequency on Queen Street West. You could follow Queen Street West into the Parkdale neighborhood if you're more into cafes and bars that exude a hipster cool that doesn't turn out your pockets at the door or bar. Live music is also a staple of this street, with the long-standing Cameron House and Horseshoe Tavern vying for your indie dance moves.
Our last area of interest is College Street, which also runs east to west to the north of Kensington Market and the Fashion District. A haven for university students, you'll hear a melange of good music (the Mod Club is a fixture), lively chatter, and the chewing of late-night eats. With over twenty places in which to imbibe, your best bet is to stroll around and see which crowd intrigues you.
Toronto has clubs that are too popular to be restrained by location (Guvernment and Muzik Nightclub come to mind), as well as a spattering of microbreweries (Steam Whistle and Mill Street are great) throughout the city. As with a city of this size, the possibilities can be dizzying, and you'll be close to a decent bar anywhere in the urban area without ever having to go downtown. Still, a big reason to go to Toronto is to join the nightlife throngs on the aforementioned streets; go to our activity pages for more information on these specific establishments and areas.