Food & Drink

These are Toronto's Bad Decision Bars

Published On 01/08/2014 Published On 01/08/2014
Toronto Bad Decision Bars

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 Brunswick House
The Annex
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.

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Crown and Tiger
Kensington Market
$10 pitchers, cheap shots, greasy, over-fried bar food, and an unwritten three drink minimum... to go in.

Madison Avenue Pub & Restaurant

The Madison
The Annex
If you think the massive patio is anything other than a projectile vomit target range, then you simply haven't been here. 

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Wide Open
Entertainment District
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. 

Cabin Five
Entertainment District
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. 

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Tryst
Entertainment District
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.

The Dance Cave

Dance Cave
The Annex
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.

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Crawford
Little Italy
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.

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1. The Dance Cave 529 Bloor St W, Toronto, M5S 1Y5 (The Annex)

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.

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2. The Brunswick House 481 Bloor St W, Toronto, M5S 1X9 (The Annex)

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.

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3. Crown and Tiger 414 College St, Toronto, M5T 1T1 (Kensington Market)

More than just a bar with a cool name, Crown and Tiger serves up greasy bar food, cheap shots & pitchers of ice-cold brew.

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4. The Madison 14 Madison Ave, Toronto, M5R 2S1 (The Annex)

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.

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5. Wide Open 139A Spadina St, Toronto, M5V 2K8 (Fashion District)

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.

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6. Cabin Five 225 Richmond St W, Toronto, M5V1W2 (Fashion District)

Cheap drinks. Small crowds. Quality music. This is Cabin Five and once you start going, you may not stop.

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7. Tryst Nightclub 82 Peter St, Toronto, M5V 2G5

This nightclub always has poppin' music, great drinks, and even a quality patio area to enjoy the evening.

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8. Crawford 718 College St, Toronto, M6G 1C3 (Little Italy)

This bar boasts dual levels, with the upstairs being more low key with tons of seating and a large bar, and the downstairs featuring dim lighting, and crazy-loud music.

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