Toronto, Ontario is one of the top destinations in all of Canada and has plenty to see and do for people of all ages. Well-known tourist stops such as the CN Tower and the Hockey Hall of Fame have been go-to favorites for decades. But what happens when the sun goes down and most of the top spots close for the day? Or what if you’re not in the city with the children and are just looking to have a great weekend as adults? Don’t worry! There are plenty of exciting things to do in Toronto at night, as well.
1. Watch a movie from your own car and hit some golf balls at the Docks Drive-In
Open year-round, the Docks Drive-In is a great place to take in a movie the old fashioned way, from the comfort of your own car. The clean and comfortable site contains two screens and has the hottest movies every weekend. Plus, if that wasn’t enough, the Docks contains a golf driving range and mini-golf course for the kids, so you can spend the day hitting golf balls and the night watching a movie. Why spend the day stressing about where to park around the big city when you can spend the entire day at the same place and have just as much fun?!
The Docks Drive-In
Address: 176 Cherry St, Toronto, ON M5A 1A4
Website: The Docks Drive-In
2. Dine under the stars at 7 West Cafe
Whether looking for a romantic dinner for two or a just a fun night out with friends, 7 West Cafe will be a great stop. Open 24 hours a day, the interior is beautifully decorated to create a vibrant but relaxing dining experience. And at night, you can go on the roof and enjoy a romantic evening under the stars with one of their signature cocktails. 7 West Cafe has won numerous awards throughout the years, including Best First Date, Best After Hours Hangout, Most Memorable Meal, Best Cafe, and many more, so it goes without saying that this is the BEST place for friends and couples to enjoy a night together.
7 West Cafe
Address: 7 Charles St W, Toronto, ON M4Y 1R4
Website: 7 West Cafe
3. Bring your stash to Vapor Central
The perfect place for ‘green’ people, Vapor Central is the ideal stop to bring your own stash and ‘chill out’ with some other cool people. This hop location also provides live music and a great comedy show that will, even if it’s not so great, always be funny. Vapor Central is the best place to stop any night and be able to be yourself without being judged.
Address: 667 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4Y 1Z9
Website: Vapor Central
4. Show off those mad singing skills at Bar+
Are you and your friends the type of people that always turn up the radio when Bohemian Rhapsody comes on and you just can’t help but scream along? Then Bar+ is the perfect place for you to demonstrate those skills. This modern bar doubles as the ideal karaoke bar because of the large variety of different drinks that are available to give you the courage to get up in front of all of those strangers and not care how bad your rendition of Livin’ On A Prayer actually sounds. Bar+ is available for private events and for walk-ins, so there’s not worries about not making it in. With thousands of songs to choose from, everybody will find their favourite at Bar+.
Address: 360 Yonge St #2, Toronto, ON M5B 1S5
5. Prove you're the best gamer at Good Game Bar
Are you the type of person that just can’t get enough of gaming? Does your mom always tell you to get out of the house and go talk to people in person? Well, teach her a lesson and head down to the Good Game Bar, where you can enjoy a full bar while surrounded by other gamers. Challenge your new friends to a game to prove exactly how elite you are and that all of the hours you’ve spent gaming haven’t been for nothing. At Good Game Bar you can play video games until the morning hours and not get any gruff about it.
Good Game Bar
Address: 2097 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S 2A4
Website: Good Game Bar
6. Experience the supernatural at the Old Finch Bridge
There is an urban legend that a young girl was murdered on her birthday at the Old Finch Bridge. According to the legend, if you sing ‘Happy Birthday’ on the bridge at night, you may be able to hear the girl screaming from all over the area. There is another myth of a school bus crash that killed many of the students on board. Supposedly, if you park your car near the bridge and turn off the engine, it will be pushed away by the ghosts of the victims, and you may even notice hand prints on your car. While the Old Finch Bridge is a little ways outside of the city, the experience will be well worth the drive.
Old Finch Bridge
Address: Old Finch Ave, Scarborough, ON
7. Have a romantic evening at the Scarborough Bluffs
These breathtaking bluffs stretch about 15 km (9.3 miles) along the shore of Lake Ontario and make for a beautiful and romantic evening under the stars, where you’ll be secluded from the rest of the busy city and, therefore, able to enjoy the scenery in silence. The Scarborough Bluffs include trails that take you through the abundant trees, beaches for swimming and fishing, gardens with many different kinds of flowers, and sports and recreation facilities.
Address: 61 Under Cliff Dr, Scarborough, ON M1N 3Z5
Website: Scarborough Bluffs
8. See the art from the street at the Stantec Window Gallery
The Stantec Window Gallery is an art gallery with many of their art pieces created by local artists. It is open to the public during the day but the building is created so that many of the works are visible from the outside to the general public. And while you’re there, consider whether Stantec Window Gallery is a good place for you to display your own pieces of art, as they accept new works every year.
Stantec Window Gallery
Address: 401 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1E7
Website: Stantec Window Gallery
9. Play volleyball any time of year at 'Rock the Sandbox' at Northbeach Volleyball
Northbeach Volleyball is an indoor sand volleyball court and is open during the day, but at night you can participate in the ‘Rock The Sandbox.’ It’s a great opportunity for players who are looking to get some late night drop-in games. The owners of Northbeach Volleyball realized that it’s hard to get enough people together at the same time to get a good game of volleyball going. That’s why they decided to stay open late, to allow everybody to have the opportunity to participate. And if you’re more of a die-hard player, then you can sign up to be in one of their many leagues. Rock the Sandbox is a great way to get some exercise while releasing some stress that you experience in your everyday life.
'Rock the Sandbox' at Northbeach Volleyball
Address: 74 Railside Rd, Toronto, ON M3A 1A3
Website: Northbeach Volleyball
10. Sleep with the fishes at Ripley's Aquarium
Everybody knows that Ripley’s Aquarium is open to the public during the day, but did you know that they also hold sleepovers for children and adults, that are full of fun and educational activities? This is great for parents that want their child to have an unforgettable birthday, or for parties that are going to have a few too many kids for your house. Also, it’s a creative location for a sweet sixteen party. The night includes snacks and breakfast, so the only thing you need to bring is yourself.
Address: 288 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON M5V 3L9
Website: Ripley’s Aquarium
Toronto comes to life at night
Sure, there is plenty to do in Toronto during the day, but set aside a night to experience all that it has to offer after the sun goes down. With many great bars, beautiful scenery, go-to tourist attractions that many don’t know are still open, and even ghosts to be found, Toronto will make sure you don’t ever get tired.
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