The Bad Decision Bar: part place, part state of mind, it's the spot where "one last drink before home" converts to slamming entire pizza slices in one bite between chugging beers, making out with dangerously cold-sore-ridden strangers, and helping put Mr. Jagermeister's kids through college. Toronto has at least eight, and here they are:
The Brunswick House
The Brunny is, perhaps, one of the most shameful establishments in the city. Gross, sweaty pelvic thrust-dancing is the norm here. Be prepared to wade through a sea of college kids sharing their first beers ("I don't feel drunk at ALL man!"). Don’t ever, EVER wear open-toe sandals here.
Crown and Tiger
$10 pitchers, cheap shots, greasy, over-fried bar food, and an unwritten three drink minimum... to go in.
If you think the massive patio is anything other than a projectile vomit target range, then you simply haven't been here.
Things that will be wide open: your eyes when you see the $2.75 happy hour beer specials, then your wallet, then your attitude towards public urination.
Part of the problem here is that the music is surprisingly not horrible and it’s generally not annoyingly packed, but they still act like it is, so both you and your liver end up believing them.
Be prepared to bro out and be wary of creepy groin rubbers. It’s dark. The music is top 40 and overall, it’s kind of scary. Also, it's called "Tryst", which is like catnip for people who make poor life choices.
Your most horribly awkward dance moves are welcomed here with open, flailing arms. The dance floor is huge and packed and everyone is gyrating like a fish on a boat deck.
In the basement, the lights dim, the music is cranked, and cheap drinks and weird dancing is apparently mandatory. It’s backlit, so when you spill a drink on yourself it’s like your own personal light show.
1. The Dance Cave529 Bloor St W, Toronto
2. The Brunswick House481 Bloor St W, Toronto
3. Crown and Tiger414 College St, Toronto
4. The Madison14 Madison Ave, Toronto
5. Wide Open139A Spadina St, Toronto
6. Cabin Five225 Richmond St W, Toronto
7. Tryst Nightclub82 Peter St, Toronto
8. Crawford718 College St, Toronto
Located a floor above the iconic Lee's Palace, The Dance Cave is exactly what it sounds like: a bar in a large space built for you to dance the night away to DJs playing retro, indie rock, alt rock, and mod.
Also referred to as "Ye Olde Brunswick House" and "The Brunny", this bar/club is often packed to the brim with enthusiastic dancing crowds mostly consisting of college kids.
More than just a bar with a cool name, Crown and Tiger serves up greasy bar food, cheap shots & pitchers of ice-cold brew.
Located in the Annex, this massive establishment has six floors with a number of bars inside to order reasonably priced drinks, and they also have a large patio area for enjoying the warmer months.
This tiny Spadina St bar isn't the easiest place to find, but once you do, help yourself to a selection of super-cheap libations including pitchers and shots.
Cheap drinks. Small crowds. Quality music. This is Cabin Five and once you start going, you may not stop.
This nightclub always has poppin' music, great drinks, and even a quality patio area to enjoy the evening.