The first impression that I had about Toronto was that it is a clean and neat city. It is understandable, given the Canadian high standard and discipline. Unfortunately, each time when I went to one of these “too polite and bright” cities, I got disappointed by its nightlife. It is just not as wild as I had expected. Gotta say, Toronto really surprised me in that sense.
The Downtown in Toronto looks really cool…
As expected, the hotel I stayed in was really great. I took a room in Fairmont Royal York, near Union Station. What impressed me the most is the way people treat you. There is just that warmth in them that supersedes your common courtesy. Being that I am from LA, I really didn’t expect that kind of response. Especially in a big city like Toronto.
After a bit of rest, I went outside, to mingle a bit. It was really cool that everything was made out of brick. You can see the history behind it. My first order of business was to get something in my belly. It was a long trip and I was starving. There is this place in center of the city called Beerbistro. Given that I’m a passionate beer drinker, I had to check it out. Love for the pork is one of my biggest vices; there is nothing better for me. Piggy menu, together with nice choice of beers, made me fall in love with this place instantly (see the picture below).
After this, I barely could lift a finger. But my time was limited and I wanted to see as much as possible that this city has to offer. A friend told me about a couple of places that I can visit there, such as Nikai, Stirling Room, Troika Vodka Boutique. And that is just what I wanted to see. I was totally interested in night life and lounges. Bartender told me of a bar just around the corner from the restaurant. D. W. Alexander. I decided to give it a shot.
This place was classy as hell. The building was nothing new, a brick building like lots of them in the center. But the interior was great. A lot of books on the walls, dimmed lights, bull heads on the wall… I was bought. Needless to say that the cocktails were awesome. One of those nights when you want to try everything on the menu.
After a few, had to get out to catch some fresh air. I will definitely visit this place again. The night wasn’t over though. Toronto has a lot of different night clubs, with different themes. Most of them are in the same part of the city, so you always have the option to change your drinking hole if you don’t like your first pick. This time I tried out the Media Bar. Everything here had film theme, lots of different items that you would expect to see only on a movie set. I was too tired to stay for a long time, so I left soon.
Anyway, I would like to recommend Toronto to everyone that likes night life and partying. This trip made such an impact on me that I might make this city my regular destination.