Toronto’s Coolest Live Music Venues

Live music to the fullest

Sometimes you want something a little different, a break in the routine, a new experience. Check out these live music venues for a sensory experience that offers a little more that your every day rock bar. These are four of the best, but there are more for sure. Let us know what we missed in the comments.

Dakota Tavern

The Dakota burst onto the scene in 2007 and their reputation is untouched. The country themed saloon boasts one of the most intimate stages in the city and also serves Mint Juleps as its signature drink (when they are not out of mint). This vibe explains why a long list of incredible indie bands choose this venue for special shows. Put simply, the Dakota rules.

Cine Cycle

While its primary function is serving as one of Toronto’s coolest underground movie houses, this bicycle-themed event space also serves as host to indie shows on a semi-regular basis. The inside feels like a run-down garage, the brick walls adorned with various bike paraphernalia and with the lights dimmed, a few drinks imbibed, and a good band — its a live music experience like no other.

Burdock Music Hall

Brewery, Kitchen, Music Hall. That’s the trifecta of awesomeness that makes seeing a show at Burdock something special. The music hall is adjacent to the brewery/resto and is super intimate with a long hall that includes folding chairs that you can place near the stage. Enjoy a freshly crafted beer and some delicious appetizers and then walk 25 feet and watch a show. What could be better?

The Jam Factory

This one is really off the beaten path. A fairly new venue, Jam Factory used to actually be a Jam Factory (like the fruit preserve). Now it’s a super cool space that doubles as an office space during the day. By night it’s an airy, open concept venue that boasts cheap beer and live music. It almost has the feel of a loft party…one that overlooks the DVP

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