The Best Themed Bars in Toronto

It’s not just about drinks… these themed bars bring on the atmosphere and excitement to make them the hottest spots in the city.

Image courtesy Chill Ice House.

Image courtesy Chill Ice House.

 

1. CHILL Ice House

As the city’s first and only ice bar, this wintery wonderland is a family attraction by day and buzzing lounge by night. Upon entering you’ll be provided with designer parkas and gloves to keep you warm and toasty, while you sip cocktails served in glasses made of ice. Though you probably won’t end up staying more than thirty minutes, give or take, after you have a drink, and take a few snaps, you can continue the night at their attached Speakeasy lounge. —Stephanie Gray

Where to Find:
CHILL Ice House
82 Bathurst Street
Toronto, ON M5V 2P3
chillicehouse.com

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Image courtesy Get Well.

2. Get Well

There’s more than one draw to this hip Dundas West bar and that’s their large beer selection that changes on the regular. You’ll find about a dozen or so brews on tap, many of them local, not to mention the bar’s own award-winning Porter. While you sip on your draught, it’s really all about playing the free arcade games. There’s a long row of vintage machines with games like Tetris, Pac-Man, Space Invaders and pinball. Just try to pull yourself away.  —Stephanie Gray

Where to Find:
Get Well
1181 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON M6J 1X4
getwellbar.com

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3. Track & Field

For those who like their cocktails served with a side of friendly competition, then make your way to a “sports” bar where you’re the player. With 1,000 square-feet of game space, there are two lanes for ball bocce, two lanes for shuffleboard and crokinole for armchair gamers. Two of the lanes are on a first-come first-serve basis, but if you want to guarantee yourself a lane, be sure to reserve ahead of time. —Stephanie Gray

Where to Find:
Track & Field
860 College Street
Toronto, ON M6H 1A2
trackandfieldbar.com

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Image courtesy Rock 'n' Horse Saloon.

Image courtesy Rock 'n' Horse Saloon.

4. Rock ‘n’ Horse Saloon

Cowboy hats don’t look out of place at this western-inspired saloon – in fact you can buy one on site to wear while you ride their mechanical bull.  There’s live country music most nights, line dancing, Tex-Mex fare, and a serious Margarita menu. For the more adventurous, you can attempt to have your own eight seconds of glory on their mechanical bull or at the very least, be entertained while you watch others hang on. —Stephanie Gray

Where to Find:
Rock ‘n’ Horse Saloon
250 Adelaide Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 1X6
rocknhorsesaloon.com

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Image courtesy of Alleycatz.

5. Alleycatz Restaurant and Lounge

We’re going to have to say that dancing and a few good cocktails go hand-in-hand. And why not actually learn to dance properly with some good sippers at the same time? Enter Alleycatz Restaurant and Lounge, where salsa Mondays are a happening thing and Tuesdays bachata make the beginning of the week so, so much better (the classes are also free). The rest of the week locals stop by to choose from the impressive martini line up and dance to reggae, hip hop and R&B. —Jennifer Weatherhead Harrington

Where to Find:
Alleycatz Restaurant and Lounge
2409 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M4P 2S7
alleycatz.ca

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6. SPiN

Put your serving skills to the test (we mean your ping pong serving skills) at this mega popular spot along trendy King Street West. Founded by actress Susan Sarandon this bar is actually a 12,000 square foot ping pong night club where you need to bring your swagger and a good sense of humour (if you’re a beginner to the table). Order up beers, punch bowls and snacks to divulge in in between games, or stop by on a tournament night to see pros school each other at the game! —Jennifer Weatherhead Harrington

Where to Find:
SPiN
461 King Street West
Toronto, ON M5V 1K4
toronto.spingalactic.com

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7. Snakes & Lagers

It’s like being at the cottage with drinks and games, but instead you’re in the heart of downtown Toronto near College & Bathurst Streets. Put your board games knowledge out there with friends in this laid-back pub-style setting (where you can sip on beers and nibble on snacks as you thoughtfully master your next move on Battleship). It’s the first bar dedicated to board games in the city and has been a hotspot for intellects, hipsters and everything in between. Monopoly, anyone? —Jennifer Weatherhead Harrington

Where to Find:
Snakes & Lagers
488 College Street
Toronto, ON M6G 1A4
snakesandlagers.com

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8. Real Sports Bar

The moment Real Sports Bar opened it’s huge doors next to the Air Canada Centre (home to the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Toronto Raptors), it has been buzz-worthy and has been feeding the sports lover’s appetite for food, games, matches and drinks. The sprawling gastro pub boasts 200 TVs (including a two-storey high big screen), 100-plus beer taps and their main mantra is “We believe that watching the game on a two-storey high HD TV is a sports fan’s given right”. In case you didn’t gather from that last statement, it’s the spot to catch that playoff game, the soccer match during the world cup. But even for non-sports fanatics you can’t beat the deliciously elevated pub food, the atmosphere and pretty much any beer you could want. —Jennifer Weatherhead Harrington

Where to Find:
Real Sports Bar
15 York Street
Toronto, ON M5J 2X2
realsports.ca

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