Along with parallel King Street, Queen Street West is the center of the Toronto downtown nightlife scene, where celebrators of all things drinking, dancing, and beyond have more options than even a few weeks of intensely researched debauchery can satisfy. That being said, the price tag for most establishments will be higher than elsewhere in the city; many clubs will also have steeper covers and stricter dress codes.
From its intersection with Sudbury to the west to the Old City Hall at the heart of downtown, Queen Street West is all posh cocktail lounges, live music, and big dance parties. This hardly everyone's cup of tea, so it helps that there is a high concentration of hangouts at the west end of the street, led by the amazing Drake Hotel and the great little hole-in-the-wall Beaconsfield. Live music institutions along the rest of the strip include the Bovine Sex Club (not close to as raunchy as you'd suspect), Cameron House, and Wrongbar, while there are plenty of good little bars with positive vibes all the way to city hall. Again, just make sure you've got money to spend if you want to enjoy most places in the area; meander north to College or Bloor Streets if you're still wearing those mud-mucked hiking boots from your trek into Algonquin Provincial Park.