Because sometimes you got to shake your groove thang. View The Vibe’s Kate Dingwall rounds up the best places to let loose in the city.
We get it, sometimes the week is too long and you need to cut loose. Never fear, as much as Toronto is known for a vast selection hole-in-the-wall cocktail lounges, the city also has its fair share of dance floors to cut a rug on. No matter what type of music you get down to, we’ve rounded up some of the best places to dance the night away in Toronto.
The Dance Cave – 529 Bloor St West
If the name didn’t give it away, the Annex’s dance cave (located right above Lee’s Palace) is perfect for a casual night out. Cover is free with the flash of a student card and the DJ spins sing-it-out-loud bangers from the past few decades.
Sneaky Dee’s – 431 College St
Sneaky Dee’s ain’t just for nachos. Head up the stairs at Bathurst + College to graffiti-covered dance space and shake the night away to one of their infamous theme nights. Take a peak at Sneaky Dee’s event list. They have dedicated nights for themes like Prince versus Michael Jackson, The OC, and K-Pop. Cover is free before eleven.
Dakota Tavern – 249 Ossington Ave
A rotating list of live bluegrass, country, and alt-rock bands have the whole bar dancing at this Ossington live music venue. Expect a dusty saloon interior, a bar full of bearded men, and a good time.
Bambi’s – 1265 Dundas Street W
Head down a flight of stairs to a basement on Dundas West one of the most bumping dance bars the city has to offer. Whether it’s current hits, indie, or old classics, danceable music is this place’s raison d’etre. Crowd tends to be an unpretentious selection of Queen West and Ossington folks looking for a good time. The bar doesn’t pick up until well into the night, so avoid being the early bird.
The Underground – 365 King St W
Christmas lights and road signs line the ceiling of this King West extension of the Underground Garage. (Which, contrary to the name, is not underground at all). This dimly lit dance bar has the feel of your older brother’s buddy’s garage (and the drink prices t0 match). Right in the heart of the King West club strip. It’s a little divey but perfect for when you need to let a little loose.
The Rockin’ Horse – 250 Adelaide St W
If you’re looking for something a little more hoe down than get down, head to the Rockin’ Horse for a down home good time. The Western themed bar comes complete with a rideable bull. They play nothing but old school and new school country hits to a crowd of commuters from outside the GTA and downtown locals looking for a fresh scene. Head in on a Friday for a boozed up slushies and complimentary line dancing lessons.
Did we miss any of the best places to dance in Toronto? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @ViewTheVibe.