If you’re looking for fun, adventure, and culture, then look no further than Toronto’s nightlife. While there are tons of fun daytime activities to try, the best attractions and events happen after sunset.
Toronto has something for everyone!
Dance the night away at a concert, try all the beers on a pub crawl, or learn about the ghosts that haunt these streets. Feel free to stay awhile because you’ll never get bored in Toronto at night.
1. Niagara Falls Evening Lights Tour
Niagara Falls is the Las Vegas of Canada. Besides the giant horseshoe waterfall, there are casinos, clubs, bars, and neon lights. After being picked up from your Toronto hotel, you’ll be driven 1.5 hours South to the Fallsview Casino for a luxurious buffet dinner overlooking the falls. Then, watch the colorful illuminated lights show dance on the water. Not close enough for you? This tour also includes an up close and personal view of the falls from a Hornblower Niagara Cruises boat. It can get misty down there, so you might want to purchase a plastic poncho! At the end of this explosive evening, you are driven back to your hotel in Toronto with the memories of a fantastic meal and breathtaking views of Niagara Falls.
2. iFly Toronto: Indoor Skydiving Introductory Package
How do you feel about jumping out of a plane? If you’ve thought about it but are just too chicken, then iFly Toronto is the place for you. It’s 100% safe to free-fall in this wind tunnel, and it gives you a taste of what actual skydiving would feel like. This package includes full orientation and instruction of how to fly, all equipment necessary, and then 2 flights per person. In the simulated fall, you’re taught how to hold your body and how to conquer your fear. This evening activity is perfect for families, solo flyers, and groups!
3. Pub Crawl
It wouldn’t be a night out in Toronto if you didn’t experience the variety of local and imported beers available on a pub tour. Meet up with your pub guide in the Entertainment District downtown and get to know Toronto’s cultural center. Visit pubs with over 50 beers on tap, then try out one of Toronto’s legendary rooftop bars. Listen as your guide shares Toronto’s rich history in beer brewing and shows you the most notable sights in that history. After you’ve immersed yourself in true Canadian culture, remember to buy a case of your favorite sample before your Toronto trip ends!
Here are a few more options if you’re not a fan of beer.
|Urban Whiskey Trail Experience
Join this 4 hour tour with a local guide and learn about the history of Toronto while sipping fine whiskey.
|4-Hour Toronto Cocktail and Secret Bar Tour
Get escorted to the best cocktail bars in the city and access to member only clubs where you can taste unique exotic drinks.
4. Extreme Combat Archery
Have you ever wanted to learn how to shoot a bow and arrow and fight in a real battle? At Archery District Mississauga, you can do just that. With a trained instructor showing you the ropes, you’ll learn the best techniques and strategies to go into combat. Although you are aiming to take down your opponents, the arrows are made of foam and the whole experience is family and kid friendly. The battle takes place in a large indoor arena fit with obstacles and objects to hide behind. Embrace your inner combatant with this high-intensity evening activity.
5. Track and Field Bar
Change up your usual night out with friends by adding some good old track and field to the itinerary. At Toronto’s Track and Field Bar, you can try your hand at one of the indoor shuffleboard lanes, or go for the classic bocce ball area. All the while, enjoy a beer or cocktail from the bar. Or, pick from over 10 types of whiskeys available. It’s best to reserve a lane in advance to ensure you get a chance to play, especially on Friday and Saturday nights.
6. Haunted Toronto Walking Tour
Toronto is full of dark history and creepy folklore. Take a tour of the distillery district where people were once hanged, and learn about restaurants that have consistent ghost sightings. The tour starts after dark, and the guide is dressed appropriately with a black hooded cape and holding a lamppost. You might want to bring your friends as it can get very spooky. The tour offers a small break from the fear at the local Mill Street Brewery where you can sample their brews. If you can handle the fear, this is a perfect outing for your night in Toronto.
7. Nerd Nite Toronto
Toronto has multiple universities and colleges, so naturally the city is busting with intellects and knowledge-enthusiasts. Nerd Nite happens once a month, and anyone with an interest in the chosen topics can come watch presentations and lectures on these topics. Previous topics included the history of pirates, dark energy, and the intelligence of cephalopods. Enjoy a cold brew while you learn obscure and fascinating things about the universe. It’s the night for nerds to take over and intellects to meet their people.
8. Music Bingo at The Gladstone Hotel
The Gladstone Hotel is a historical landmark in Toronto, and their events calendar is always lit with weekly activities. On Wednesday’s from 8-11, join in the fun and play Music Bingo. It’s free to play, and there’s a mouth-watering dinner menu available. The list of signature cocktails should not be ignored. For a budget night-out, The Gladstone’s variety of events are sure to suit any taste.
9. Skating at Nathan Philip Square
For a winter night out, you can’t beat skating at Nathan Philip Square as the holiday lights sparkle around you. Rental skates are available if you don’t have your own, and there are usually food trucks on standby for when you need a snack. Spend the night under the stars, and under the city-lights with your friends and family. When your legs are tired, or you get too cold, there are dozens of stores to wander through and restaurants waiting to warm you up. Skating on an outdoor rink is a quintessential Canadian experience that should not be missed.
10. Sleepover at Ripley’s Aquarium
Ripley’s Aquarium is a tourist attraction staple for anyone visiting Toronto. The variety of fish and sea life is extensive as are the gorgeous aquarium displays. The best way to experience Ripley’s is at night, in a sleeping bag under the sea. Sleepover nights happen every couple months and spots must be reserved in advance. Experts teach guests all about the variety of wildlife in the aquarium, making this a perfect experience for families and kids. Included in the price is a late-night snack as well as breakfast in the morning.
11. Food Tours
Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities in the world, and it’s evident in the variety of cuisines available downtown. Sign up for a walking food tour of the neighborhood of your choice, and be immediately immersed in that area’s culture. From Greektown, to Chinatown, to Little India, the list of cultural cuisines is endless. Allow your tour guide to explain a little about the history of the area, as well as which restaurants are a must-try. The overall price includes samples at each stop on the tour, but always bring a little extra in case you find something too delicious to only try a sample of.
12. Late-Night Volleyball
Get your sports on with some late-night bumps at North Beach. Indoor courts are open for drop in play from 9:45pm to 2:00am, and it only costs $12.00 for the whole night of play. Why sit on a barstool in an overcrowded room when you could be killing it on the court with your friends? Play a few games and cream your opponents, then head out for a late-night snack and drink! It’s an awesome way to have fun with your friends without breaking the bank, and to get in some exercise.
13. Bonfire at Scarborough Bluffs
The Scarborough Bluffs are where city folk get away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy the great outdoors. In addition to taking a dip in the lake, you can have an evening bonfire under the stars with your friends. The fire pits are already designated, you just have to bring your own wood, hot dogs, and camper chairs. And always put out the fire and clean up any garbage when your night is over.
14. Drive-in at The Docks
Movie lovers adore the drive-in theater at Polson Pier. Watch your favorite blockbusters up on the outdoor screen, from the comfort of the passenger seat. Outside food and drink isn’t allowed, but feel free to purchase snacks from the vendors at the theater. During the day at The Docks, the driving range is open for golf-newbies and experts alike. Try your hand at golf, and then relax with a movie at night. The best part of summer in Toronto is spending evenings outside with your friends and family.
15. Evening Cruise
If you’re feeling a romantic night out with your significant other, then look no further than an evening cruise down at the harbor front. There are a variety of cruise lines to chose from, most will take you on a tour of Toronto Island as well as taking you to the best spots to view the skyline. Enjoy a gourmet dinner with some champagne as you slow dance under the stars. Perfect for that special someone you want to spend some quality time with.
16. Late-night Breakfast
Sometimes, at the end of a killer night out, you just need some hearty breakfast food to soothe your intoxicated soul. Luckily, the two best diners for breakfast are both open until at least 2am every day, Franz and Thompson Diner. Stop by for some French toast and bacon before you go pass out in bed. Or join the crowds for the best hangover breakfast in the world when you finally wake up. Both diners are classics for true Torontonians, and should be experienced by newcomers!
17. The CN Tower
At the top of most Toronto to-do guides is visiting the CN Tower. During the day, the sights are impressive, but nothing compares to seeing the city below at night. Enjoy a steak at the 360 Restaurant as the city lights dance and dazzle below. Head over to the Glass Floor to test your fear of heights. Or, go up to the SkyPod, the highest observation deck in CN Tower, and relish in the view. The CN Tower is perfect for a night you won’t forget.
18. Comedy Club
Toronto is world renowned for producing some of the funniest comedians around. From Russell Peters, to Naomi Snieckus, there is no shortage of hilarious talent in the 6ix. Spend a night at one the many comedy clubs (Yuk Yuks and Second City Toronto are especially good) and see some crowd favorites or up-and-comers on stage. Open mic nights at comedy clubs are especially fun if you want to try your hand at being a comedian, or see what local talents might get big in the future.
19. Live Music
Toronto has no shortage of musical talent, and venues to enjoy that talent at. For big-name headliners, you can check out the Air Canada Centre. But for a more local, authentic Toronto experience, check out Horseshoe Tavern or The Phoenix. Both are well known venues in the indie music scene. For a cozy night of live jazz music, try The Rex or The Reservoir. And if you feel like dancing, check out Lula Lounge for live Latin music and salsa dancing- there are even salsa lessons on Friday and Saturday nights!Some popular night venues include The Rogers Centre and The Air Canada Centre.
20. After-Hours Clubs
Sometimes when the bars close, you aren’t quite ready to end the party and go home. Instead, check out one of the numerous after-hours bars downtown. While the legalities of serving alcohol after 2AM are fuzzy, there are a ton of well known spots that never get shut down. Try CODA (open until 5AM) or Fly 2.0 (open until 4AM) to keep the party going into the wee hours of the morning.
These are only some activities and attractions we recommend in Toronto at night. Perhaps you’ve had some other crazy experiences? We’d love to hear about your experiences. You can share your Toronto night outs in the comments below.