Clubland in Toronto
The Clubland/Entertainment District is an area of Toronto bordered by Bathurst Street to the west, Queen Street West to the north, Simcoe Street to the east and Front Street to the south.
The area is well serviced by public transit. Get off at St Andrew or Osgoode subway stations and walk west or take the 504 King Streetcar or 501 Queen Streetcar west into Clubland.
Taxis and rickshaws are also options. It's possible to walk to here from any place downtown within approximately half an hour.
Parking in the area is very expensive, and there are always traffic jams late at night.
The area is well known for the Roy Thompson Hall, Royal Alexandra Theatre and Canada's Walk of Fame, where visitors can see plaques for most of Canada's famous names (Martin Short, for example) embedded in the sidewalk.
- Clubland has North America's highest density of clubs, restaurants and bars. Dance clubs are located mostly along Richmond and Adelaide Streets, but there are some on the side streets. The clubs don't generally last very long. In many places, every year a new club opens in the same location with a new name.
- Toronto has a vibrant theatre scene. Check the entertainment listings to see what's on at the area's many theatres, including the Royal Alexandra Theatre (260 King St. West) and the Princess of Wales Theatre (300 King Street West). These two theatres generally host the big-name plays and musicals.
- Check out Second City, 51 Mercer Street (at Blue Jays Way), , for nightly performances of improv and sketch comedy.
- See what's playing at Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street (St Andrew subway station), , the home of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, .
- The Paramount movie theatre is located at John and Richmond. The Paramount plays first run movies.
A portion of King Street just east of Spadina which has some stores (notably the Mountain Equipment Coop for outdoor wear and gear).
Stroll along Queen Street West where there is a mix of unique, eccentric stores like Miss Demeanor, Black Market Vintage Store, and the Condom Shack, and North American brand names (Gap, MAC Cosmetics, Club Monaco, Kiehl's, etc.)
For a good cheap meal, try the burritos at Burrito Boyz, 218 Adelaide Street West, just west of University Ave.
Try the many hot dog stands, also known as "Street Meat," located sporadically around the downtown area of the city. These vendors are conveniently located just outside of subway stations, big buildings, malls and clubs. Prices range from 1$CAD to 4$CAD, and most stands offer hot dogs, veggie dogs, sausages, and cold drinks. Changes to provincial health regulations are expected to bring a variety of new food choices starting in Spring 2008.
- Alice Fazooli's Italian Grill, 294 Adelaide St. W. (at John Street), 416 979-1910, . A reliable restaurant for basic Italian.
- Jules, 147 Spadina Avenue (south of Queen Street), 416 348-8886. Open Mo-Sa. Good, inexpensive French bistro fare including quiches, crepes, baguette sandwiches, steak frites and croque monsieur. Very busy at lunch, not so busy at dinner. ~$15 per person lunch.
- Kit Kat Italian Bar & Grill, 297 King Street West, . Conveniently located near the Royal Alex and Princess of Wales Theatres, the Kit Kat offers a quirky decor and menu choices like: bruschetta, warm scallop salad, fettuccine alberto with four cheeses, rigatoni bolognese, roast lemon chicken, osso buco, baby back ribs, New York striploin, and fish of the day. $20-38 dinner mains.
- Wayne Gretzky's Restaurant, 99 Blue Jays Way, . BBQ baby back ribs, fire-grilled steak, 1/2lb sirloin burgers, steak sandwiches, wood-oven pizzas and handmade pastas. In the summer, the Oasis rooftop patio features a barbeque menu.
- Madeline's (Susur Restaurant), 601 King Street West, 416 603-2205, . Open Tu-Sa. Susur is located slightly outside of the boundaries of the Entertainment District, but it is one of the few options for foodies looking for fine dining in the area. Chef Susur Lee offers 5- and 7-course tasting menus, the style is Asian-inspired fusion. Lee's next door is more casual.
Crush Wine Bar, 455 King Street West.
- Global Village Backpackers Hostel, 460 King Street West (at Spadina), .
- Canadiana Backpackers Inn, 42 Widmer Street (between Richmond & Adelade), .
- Holiday Inn On King, 370 King St. West (at Peter Street), +1 416 599-4000, . 425 rooms. Fitness centre, in-room spa services. The Canadian Bar & Grill and Laugh Resort Comedy Club are located on-site. Pet friendly rooms available.
- InterContinental Toronto Centre, 225 Front Street West, +1 416 597-1400.  is located downtown in the theatre district and connected to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
- SoHo Metropolitan Hotel, 318 Wellington Street West, (corner of Wellington and Blue Jays Way), +1 416 599-8800, . Luxury hotel with rooms and suites featuring Italian Frette linens, down duvets, and Molton Brown bath products. Senses Restaurant and Bakery is on-site.