The Guvernment Nightclub in Toronto
Where to Stay
Global Village Backpackers Hostel is definitely the place to stay and they have a great bar. If they are full, stay at Canadiana Backpackers Inn, or somewhere close in the downtown area.
Where to Party
Toronto is a massive city with hundreds of different party spots. It can actually be very difficult to decide where to go each night, so make sure you do a little planning. If you are looking for a wild drunken night meeting tons of people, round up a crew at the hostel bar, drink a lot before (drinks are usually pretty expensive in Toronto bars), and head out to The Madison Avenue, Grace O’Malley’s, or The Brunswick House. If you are into clubbing and electronic music, you will not be disappointed, as Toronto has some of the best clubs and promoters in North America. The most consistent spots are The Hoxton, Uniun, Wrongbar, and Cube, however, expect to pay at least $20 cover. The Guvernment clubbing complex is the city’s equivalent to Ministry of Sound or Pacha, and is consistently rated highly on the DJMag top clubs list. Footwork is a small club known for hosting the best underground DJs every week. Most clubs (except Guvernment and Footwork, which go till sunrise) close shortly after 2:00 a.m. (Toronto would have gotten a higher rating if it had a later curfew).
Toronto has become a huge hub for electronic music all year round. You are pretty much guaranteed big-name DJs every week of all genres (check Resident Advisor). Every long weekend holiday the Guvernment throws an EDM festival, attracting artists like Deadmau5, Steve Angello, Armin van Buuren, etc. Footwork is known for bringing in international deep house and techno DJs and Toika often brings in international trance DJs. Veld and Digital Dreams are awesome electronic music festivals that take place in the summer. Check out The Rex if you are into Jazz. Rock music is huge here as well, so check here for concert listings:
Digital Dreams Festival
During the Day
If you are here in the summer, go to the Rogers Centre and watch a Blue Jays baseball game, as tickets are really cheap and these games are a great day drinking activity. Check out the CN Tower, Kensington Market (cool hippy area) and Yorkville (posh area).