Best Queen Street West Bars

Written by Jordan Carter

Queen Street West is home to some of Toronto’s most exciting bars, offering everything from trendy cocktail lounges to lively pubs. This vibrant area boasts eclectic atmospheres, creative drinks, and unique decor, making it a favorite for locals and visitors alike. Whether you’re in the mood for a casual drink or a night of dancing, Queen Street West has a bar to suit every taste.

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Prepare an unforgettable nightlife experience on Queen Street West, one of Toronto’s most dynamic and vibrant areas. This bustling street is known for its diverse array of bars, each offering its own unique atmosphere and charm. From chic cocktail lounges and cozy speakeasies to energetic pubs and live music venues, Queen Street West caters to all kinds of bar-goers. You can look forward to innovative drink menus, friendly service, and eclectic decor that reflect the neighborhood’s creative spirit. Whether you’re out for a casual evening or an all-night celebration, Queen Street West promises an exciting and memorable night out.

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Along with so many distinct bar options to choose from, each venue brings its own special flavor to the scene. Let’s explore some of the best bars on Queen Street West that define this lively and diverse nightlife hub.

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Bar Poet

Situated in the heart of Toronto’s vibrant Queen West neighborhood, Bar Poet is a lively and eclectic bar that seamlessly blends the charm of a literary haven with the fun of a pizza joint. The interior is a feast for the senses, with cozy booths and neon lighting that casts a warm glow over the space. Walls are adorned with poetry, art, and whimsical decor that transport you into a creative and inviting atmosphere. The menu offers a wide selection of craft beers, inventive cocktails, and mouthwatering artisanal pizzas baked to perfection. Whether you’re enjoying a casual hangout with friends or celebrating a special occasion, Bar Poet promises an experience that is both delightful and memorable.

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Mother Cocktail Bar

Tucked away in a cozy, sophisticated setting, Mother Cocktail Bar is the epitome of innovative mixology. The sleek, modern decor features soft, ambient lighting and stylish furnishings, creating a perfect backdrop for an intimate evening. The cocktail menu is a testament to the art of mixology, focusing on seasonal ingredients and creative combinations that change regularly to reflect the freshest flavors. Each cocktail is meticulously crafted by skilled bartenders, ensuring a drink experience that is both unique and unforgettable. The bar’s elegant atmosphere and inventive drinks make it an ideal destination for those seeking a refined and exceptional night out.

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Horseshoe Tavern

A cornerstone of Toronto’s live music scene since 1947, Horseshoe Tavern is a legendary venue known for its rich history and iconic performances. The rustic, no-frills decor includes wooden floors, vintage posters, and an iconic stage that has hosted countless famous acts over the decades. The bar offers a variety of beers, spirits, and classic cocktails, providing a lively and nostalgic atmosphere where patrons can enjoy great music and casual drinks. The Horseshoe Tavern is more than just a bar; it’s a piece of Toronto’s cultural heritage, beloved by music enthusiasts and anyone looking to experience the city’s vibrant live music scene.

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Offworld Bar

Step into another dimension at Offworld Bar, a futuristic, sci-fi-inspired venue that offers an immersive and otherworldly experience. The decor features metallic surfaces, neon lights, and space-themed elements that transport guests into a sci-fi universe. The cocktail menu is equally imaginative, with drinks inspired by science fiction themes and served in creative, otherworldly glassware. Each cocktail is crafted with unique ingredients and presented with a touch of theatrical flair, making every sip an adventure. Offworld Bar is a must-visit for sci-fi fans and adventurous drinkers alike, offering a truly unique and unforgettable night out.

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BarChef

Renowned for its avant-garde approach to cocktails, BarChef treats mixology as a form of high art. The dimly lit, intimate space is adorned with candles and modern decor, creating a sophisticated and romantic ambiance. The menu features elaborate, multi-sensory cocktails that engage all the senses, incorporating elements like smoke, foam, and edible flowers. Each drink is presented with meticulous attention to detail, offering a unique and unforgettable experience. The combination of artistic cocktails and the elegant setting makes BarChef a standout destination for those seeking an extraordinary and immersive night out.

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PREQUEL & CO. APOTHECARY

Blending old-world charm with modern mixology, PREQUEL & CO. APOTHECARY offers a unique and enchanting experience. The decor includes antique furnishings, apothecary jars, and an atmosphere that evokes a sense of mystery and wonder. The cocktail menu is inspired by historical remedies and potions, featuring unique presentations and carefully crafted drinks that tell a story. Each cocktail is a work of art, made with rare and unusual ingredients that transport guests to a bygone era. The magical ambiance and creative drinks make PREQUEL & CO. APOTHECARY a captivating destination for a night out.

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The Rhino Bar & Grill

This bar & grill is a spacious, laid-back venue known for its extensive beer selection and hearty pub fare. The casual decor includes wooden tables, sports memorabilia, and a relaxed, welcoming vibe that makes guests feel right at home. The menu features a wide range of beers on tap, including local and international brews, along with classic bar food like burgers, wings, and nachos. The Rhino Bar & Grill is a popular spot for casual gatherings, sports watching, and enjoying a good meal and drinks with friends. The combination of a comfortable atmosphere, diverse beer selection, and tasty pub fare makes it a go-to destination for a relaxing and enjoyable night out.

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Apt 200

Designed to feel like a stylish apartment party, Apt 200 offers a unique blend of casual comfort and vibrant energy. The decor includes vintage furniture, arcade games, and a dance floor, creating a homey ambiance that makes guests feel like they’re at a friend’s house. The bar offers a variety of cocktails, beers, and spirits, along with a lively social atmosphere that’s perfect for mingling and dancing. The blend of casual comfort and vibrant energy makes Apt 200 a popular spot for those looking to have a fun, relaxed night out with friends.

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Short Turn

Short Turn is a cozy, intimate bar that emphasizes minimalist decor and high-quality drinks. The space features clean lines, wooden accents, and a warm, inviting atmosphere that encourages relaxation. The menu includes a selection of classic and contemporary cocktails, crafted with precision and care by skilled bartenders. Each drink is made with top-notch ingredients and attention to detail, ensuring a delightful drinking experience. The emphasis on simplicity and quality makes Short Turn a great spot for a quiet evening out, where guests can enjoy expertly made drinks in a serene setting.

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DROM Taberna

Offering a vibrant, Eastern European-inspired experience, DROM Taberna is a lively and culturally rich destination. The bar features communal seating, eclectic decorations, and live music performances that create a festive and welcoming environment. The menu includes a variety of traditional Eastern European dishes, beers, and creative cocktails, all served with a sense of warmth and hospitality. The cultural richness and lively ambiance make DROM Taberna a unique and enjoyable destination for dining and drinks, where guests can immerse themselves in a vibrant, communal atmosphere.

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