The best adult playgrounds in Toronto are grownup game grounds where you can have just as much fun playing as you can watching from the sidelines.
Track and Field
860 College St.
Track and Field’s subterranean Little Italy playground was Toronto’s first to take lawn games out of the oppressive sun and store them in a cool basement space where they’re ready to play year-round. It’s a venerable, spacious bunker with two AstroTurf bocce ball courts and a pair of shuffleboard decks, and one of each is reserved for free walk-ins, but the others are available to rent at $40/hour per lane (tax in).
The Addisons Residence
456 Wellington St.
The Addisons Residence has curated a high-end house party experience for well-dressed socialites in King West. Void of signage and product branding, it’s been designed to resemble an elegant home environment that indulges weekend warrior dreams of breaking free of stuffy Toronto apartments. Sprawling across its kitchen, living room, rec room, and 5,000 square-foot backyard patio, you’ll find life-size Connect Four, table tennis, beer pong, foosball, table shuffleboard, bubble hockey, video games like Street Fighter II and NBA Jam, and an enviable board game closet.
The Greater Good Bar
229 Geary Ave.
The newest bar from the minds behind the Get Well extends the same posi-vibes to a bigger, brighter space on Geary Avenue. It’s an adult playground for craft beer lovers and arcade fanatics. Amongst a corner of game cabinets, the second-floor arcade boasts a pair of Skee Ball lanes, and pinball machine, and just like Get Well, North of Brooklyn has a counter here that sells slices and whole pizzas at all hours.
Local Public Eatery
171 East Liberty St.
This Vancouver restaurant chain has a couple of bases in Toronto, but at its Liberty Village location, guests can stretch their legs and challenge friends at the shuffle board deck or step outside for a game of bocce on the patio court.
2097 Yonge St.
Good Game – or GG, as it’s affectionately called by its clientele – is a two-floor eSports bar at Yonge and Eglinton where gamers can sit down, order a drink, and plug in. With a cocktail bar slinging game-referencing theme cocktails and an arsenal of Ontario craft beers and big screen televisions streaming professional gaming, downstairs offers a social atmosphere, while upstairs focuses on providing a more immersive experience; a bank of PC stations equipped with noise-cancelling headphones and ergonomic seats. GG, indeed.
461 King St. W
Located down an alley off King West, SPiN is a 12,000 square-foot ping-pong social club equipped with two fully licensed bars, a full food menu, and 12 ping-pong tables. They offer memberships for serious players and hold tournaments and training nights with professionals, but also invite casual guests to step in and test their hand-eye coordination.
145 John St.
Sprawling across two floors at the heart of downtown, the Ballroom is Toronto’s largest bar and interactive entertainment centre, capable of accommodating up to 900 guests. Alongside a full menu of upscale pub fare, you’ll find 10-pin bowling, bubble hockey, ping-pong, fooseball, pool tables, and an XBox corner for the gamers here. Or, if you’d prefer some time out, four bars and rooftop and streetside patios.
(Main image: The Addisons)