Toronto’s comedy scene is constantly getting larger. Our original list of comedy venues reached a total of 45 places around the city, but we shortened the list down to a solid ten, laughs guaranteed. With comedy running 7 days a week, from amateur to profesh, Second City is the leading brand in improv-based sketch comedy. Comedy Bar comes complete with two stages and nightly shows.
Playing host to Bad Dog Theatre performances nearly every night of the week, and featuring some of their own comedians, Comedy Bar is an active supporter of the Toronto comedy scene and is worth checking out any day. For over 20 years, the award-winning Bad Dog Theatre Company has been the leader in the art of unscripted comedy and improvised performance.
Dubbed âToronto’s improv hubâ by NOW Magazine and led by renowned improv veteran Julie Dumais Osborne, Bad Dog presents Theatresports â Toronto’s longest running improv show â every Saturday. The Rivoli originally earned a reputation as one of Canada’s hippest music clubs, and many major Canadian comedy and musical performers have played on its stage.
This reputation waned as the club’s clientele became more eclectic and upscale, but the Rivoli’s atmosphere is still unique. Talent scouts for Montreal’s Just For Laughs comedy festival and the major television networks still routinely troll the Monday night comedy shows. Located in the cabaret room of the Lower Ossington Theatre, the LOT is one of Toronto’s newest comedy hot spots.
- Queen St. West/798 Queen St. East
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Playing two shows a week (two on Friday and two on Saturday), the LOT is a great option to visit before or after your own night of debauchery. Sold out show for Sal & Sandy! Nuzzled in the heart of the entertainment district, The Office Pub is mostly famous for their karaoke nights on Wednesday to Saturday.
In addition to laughing with your friends though, The Office pub offers up a free comedy night every Monday at no cover. A mishmash of pro and amateur comedians make for an excellent night at Absolute Comedy. Wednesday is PRO/AM night where 3 to 5 local amateur comics, as well as 1 or 2 of the professional weekend performers take the stage.
Thursday to Sunday shows normally have 2 or 3 comedians with an MC, a feature act and a headliner. Every Monday at 8 PM, catch the new ensemble night at Black Swan Comedy as three different teams comprised of some of the best improvisers in the city take to the stage to present great 20-minute improv sets. The Central is tucked away behind Honest Ed’s and is recognized as being one of the best punk venues in Toronto. When you’re not rocking out hard on the weekends, you can catch some âFreeLaughs at The Centralâ every Monday night.
The service is slow, but the nachos are great. The on-tap selection is limited but they have lots of bottles and cans. Definitely a neighborhood kind of place. They have a decent selection of beer and a big patio, but it’s an off the radar spot where the young and trendy don’t usually show up.
A comfortable place where the paint is peeling off the walls and where there’s definitely no pressure to look your best. The Duke Live is an old bar with an old history. After an unfortunate incident in 2008, it feels a bit uncomfortable to recommend this pub, but there is a strong community vibe in this place and the karaoke night here has won a few grizzled fans.
Tonight I attended a glamorous birthday party on the patio at Muzik Nightclub, this place is known for having the hottest girls in Toronto. Muzik is a fantastic location in Toronto to celebrate a birthday party. Summer is the best time since the patio area will be open.
Muzik offers a quality party experience and is one of the most upscale clubs in the GTA. The booths are quite pricy and the club can get quite rammed, there is also a special VIP booth area in the far back of the club where usually moviestars and musicians hangout. After the night you can even get a cup of coffee or tea at the coffee bar. House & Dance are the primary music genres of the club.
Looking for food in Toronto? See our choices for restaurants close to Canadian National Exhibition, Art Gallery of Ontario, Hockey Hall of Fame. Once the tallest freestanding structure in the world, this tower affords generous views of the Greater Toronto Area and, on a clear day, you can see the opposite shore of Lake Ontario.
While the address is on Front Street, the tower is more easily accessed from Bremner Blvd or Rees St. From Union Station, take the Skywalk from the west waiting room and follow signs to reach the tower. Huge club that’s considered one of the places to party and dance in Toronto – provided you like a packed dance floor, house/techno music, and a young crowd (university/college age, generally).
The sound system and light show are top-notch and the venue attracts international DJs. There are other rooms with different music, including hip-hop, top 40 and other genres of dance music. On the roof is Skybar, which lets you drink and take in the Toronto skyline (or the night sky) at the same time.
A city market has been located on the southwest corner of Front St East and Jarvis St for over 200 years. The current incarnation of the South Market contains over 200 permanent food-related vendors on two floors, including butchers, fishmongers and numerous specialty and takeout businesses.