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20 Fun Things to Do in Toronto at Night

20 Fun Things to Do in Toronto at Night

The night is still young, the perfect time to go out with friends, loved ones, or yourself. And Toronto has just as much life and excitement during the day as at night.

So if you’re looking for a fun activity, night stroll, romantic dinner, relaxing or wild night, here’s a list of things to do in Toronto at night. Set the date and have fun!

Experience ROM After DArk

Website: https://www.rom.on.ca/en/whats-on/rom-after-dark 

Address: 100 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C6

Contact details: +1 416-586-8000

Event Time:  7:30 PM – 11:30 PM (last entry: 10:30 PM)

Entry Price: $40 Adults, $36 Patrons/Members

ROM After Dark is a unique opportunity to indulge in the Royal Ontario Museum after hours. It runs on Friday nights featuring live music, art installations, and special programming.

You can explore the museum’s galleries and exhibitions and enjoy a meal or drink while doing so. And yes, there’s alcohol, and they especially partner with BIPOC-owned or operated catering to represent the culinary strength and diversity of the city and province.

ROM After Dark is a great way to see the museum in a new light —figuratively and literally. It has an incredible crowd allowing a great way to meet new people and experience the museum with friends.

If you’re looking for a special and fun night out in Toronto surrounded by art and displays, ROM After Dark is the perfect event for you.

Pro tip:

  • The event may only be for selected Fridays, so be sure to check out their website to see the schedule and buy a ticket. Your ticket comes with a free drink, so don’t miss out!
  • RAD is a 19+ event, so you’ll be asked to show a valid ID, and digital copies are not permitted.

Dine on some Japanese cuisine at Kasa Moto

Website: https://www.kasamoto.ca/ 

Address: 115 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 1C1

Contact details: +1 647-477-0423

Operating hours: 

  • Sunday to Thursday – 12 PM to 12 AM
  • Friday to Saturday – 12 PM to 12 AM

Kasa Moto is a modern Japanese restaurant with a menu that features a variety of small plates, sushi, and sashimi, as well as larger entrees. The restaurant also has an impressive sake selection, which pairs perfectly with the cuisine.

Its stylish and sophisticated ambience makes it the perfect place to enjoy a special occasion or a romantic dinner. And you’ll be guaranteed a smooth experience thanks to its attentive staff, who are always happy to help.

A three to four-dish order can cost you about $90 to $100, depending on your choices. But the food is worth its price and something you won’t find around the corner on a Friday night.

Plus, you can book Kasa Moto for private events, like a birthday or a wedding party.

So satisfy your dinner cravings with mouth-watering wagyu, sushi, and a few other dishes, like chicken karaage, gyoza, and lobster robata, too — you won’t be disappointed!

Pro tip:

  • Don’t forget to book a reservation to avoid waiting lines, especially since it can get busy on Friday and weekend nights.
  • Go for a table on the rooftop to enjoy the city lights and view.

Win a plushie at OHYO Fun

Website: https://www.ohyofun.ca/ 

Address: 5095 Yonge St, North York, ON M2N 6Z4

Contact details: +1 647-615-3688

Operating hours:

  • Monday to Friday – 1 PM to 9:30 PM 
  • Saturday to Sunday – 12 PM to 10 PM

Win a cute plushie from one of 100 claw machines at OHYO Fun. Bring your kids, friends or date to this indoor arcade located in North York inside Empress Walk.

Fuel your competitive spirits by playing who can get the most prizes by the end of the night. The assortment of themed-claw machines and characters makes it even hard for you to choose which one to start.

And let’s say you didn’t plan on visiting OHYO Fun; you can simply make a quick detour to kill time and win prizes, take a couple photos, or just add a fun little activity on your date night.

So drop by OHYO Fun to light up your night — literally — with the neon lights and retro aesthetic of the arcade and being in a claw-machine paradise.

Pro tip:

  • If you want to keep going, you can trade in your basic plush toys for tickets/tokens, so you can eventually work up towards a better/bigger prize.
  • In case you don’t know how to get here, it’s located on Empress Walk, right by the exit of North York Centre subway station; it’s very accessible, close to condos in the neighbourhood, and visible to passersby.

Website: https://ago.ca/ 

Address: 317 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T 1G4

Contact details: +1 416-979-6648

Operating hours:

  • Tuesday, Thursday  – 10:30 AM to 5 PM
  • Wednesday, Friday –  10:30 AM to 9 PM
  • Saturday to Sunday – 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM
  • Monday – closed

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is one of the largest art museums in Canada. Impressively, it houses a collection of over 95,000 works of art, including European, Canadian, and Indigenous art. 

Even the building itself is magnificent; it’s made of glass and steel and has a distinctive curved shape designed by Frank Gehry. Fortunately, it sits in the heart of Toronto and is easily accessible by public transportation.

On top of this, you can also catch many special exhibitions, events, and featured art throughout the year.

Aside from admiring art, you can also enjoy dinner at the AGO Bistro, and you might be surprised by how good the food is despite it being a gallery. And to commemorate the evening, you can visit their shop or browse through their website for arts and souvenirs.

The museum has a strong focus on Canadian art; thus, many exhibits showcase the work of Canadian artists, which is a nice opportunity to learn more about Canada.

So, if you’re looking for a place to learn and enjoy beautiful works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is a great place to start.

Pro tip:

  • Buy tickets in advance; otherwise, you will wait in a long line. Online tickets will let you breeze right in.
  • For those out on family nights, there’s a park beside the AGO with a playground in case kids become easily bored at the gallery — it can be quite uninteresting for young kiddos. 

Dine and geek out at the Storm Crow Manor

Website: https://www.stormcrow.com/hours-and-location  

Address: 580 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2E5

Contact details: 416-367-2769; [email protected] 

Operating hours:

  • Monday – 4 PM – 11 PM
  • Tuesday to Thursday, Sunday – 12 PM – 11 PM
  • Friday to Saturday – 12 PM – 12 AM

Storm Crow Manor is one of the coolest and nerdiest bars and gastropubs in Toronto. Imagine getting served bubbling cocktails, randomly-generated burgers and tentacles!

Plus, you shouldn’t miss out on their geeky and spooky drinks. It’s also fun to read the descriptions while you look at glowing ice cubes.

They have all sorts of themed rooms, secret doors, catacombs, and cyberpunk bars. Some of the themed events they held were Star Wars, Shazam, and even Game of Thrones.

You’d also want to look out for seasonal events like Halloween, Pride Month, Christmas and more. It’s also fun to dress up as your favourite character with your friends during their costume parties.

Pro tip:

  • You can’t go wrong with deep fried tater tots.
  • Skip the wait time on a Friday night by making a reservation beforehand.

See the night lights of Toronto at CN Tower

Website: https://www.cntower.ca/ 

Address: 290 Bremner Blvd, Toronto

Contact details: +1 416-868-6937

Operating hours:

  • Monday to Sunday – 9 AM – 10 PM 

The CN Tower is the tallest free-standing structure in Canada, so you can bet that you can capture the best panoramic view of the city if you go for a visit. 

It’s a popular tourist destination, and aside from the stunning city views and observation decks, it also has a variety of other attractions like the EdgeWalk, a glass-floored walkway that extends out from the side of the tower — you might want to hold hands with your company for this one.

Don’t let the romantic feeling waver, and take your date to a lovely evening dinner at CN Tower’s 360 Restaurant, where scenic views and delicious dishes await you.

And a great way to remember the night is by visiting the gift shop and buying a little souvenir on your way out.

Pro tip:

  • Buy your tickets online in advance and be prepared to wait in line; you can start entering 30 minutes before for timed tickets.
  • Don’t forget to check the weather forecast before heading out or booking a ticket, so you wouldn’t get bummed about a cloudy and hazy view.

Skate at the Nathan Phillips Square in Winter

Skate at the Nathan Phillips Square in Winter's Homepage
Image from City of Toronto.

Website: https://www.toronto.ca/data/parks/prd/facilities/complex/1089/index.html   

Address: 100 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5H 2N1

Contact details: +1 416-392-2489

Operating hours: Open 24 hours

Nathan Phillips Square is a winter wonderland during the winter months in Toronto. The square is transformed into a festive skating rink, complete with a towering Christmas tree and twinkling lights. 

You can skate around the rink, enjoy a hot chocolate from one of the many vendors, or simply take in the snow-covered streets and parks.

It’s the perfect winter escapade for your family, friends and loved ones as you’re surrounded by both city and Christmas lights.

Also, you can still enjoy Spring, Summer and Fall with the soothing sounds of the large water fountain and pond and many seasonal activities are planned throughout the year at Nathan Phillips Square.

Pro tip:

  • If you plan on renting skates, it’ll cost you $15 for adults and $10 for kids, and don’t forget to bring an ID with you so you can leave it to claim the skates.

Roll and eat sushi at Roll This Way

Website: https://www.rollthisway.com/ 

Address: 14 Logan Ave Unit B, Toronto, ON M4M 2M8

Contact details: +1 855-447-8744

Operating hours:

  • Monday to Sunday – 10 AM to 8 PM 

If you want a hands-on activity on a Saturday night in Toronto that’s not your typical date night, then you might want to take up a 90-minute class on Sushi Making 101 at Roll This Way.

You get to make four different kinds of sushi, and by the end of the class, you’ll have about 28 pieces of sushi to enjoy. It’s also great that they give you the option between a pescatarian box and a vegan box.

And if you just want the sushi, then you can opt for their All-You-Can-Eat Sushi + Karaoke for a low price of $40.

Fresh ingredients, good vibes, and great storytelling along the way, it already sounds like a stellar night, eh?

Overall, Roll This Way is a cool break from a traditional restaurant or night out, and you get to enjoy the fruits of your labour.

Pro tip:

  • You might want to consider commuting if you have a car, or just schedule an early class since their you have to find a good parking spot on the street.

Watch a film at the TIFF Bell Lightbox

Watch a film at the TIFF Bell Lightbox's Homepage
Image from TIFF.

Website: https://www.tiff.net/ 

Address: 350 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 3X5

Contact details: +1 416-599-2033

Operating hours:

  • Monday to Sunday – 9 PM to 11:30 PM 

The TIFF Bell Lightbox is a six-storey, 103,000-square-foot building in downtown Toronto that houses the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). 

It’s a must-visit for any film lover, given it has five cinemas, a restaurant, a bookstore, and a library. You can watch many films, from independent films to blockbusters, and even a selection not found elsewhere. 

The seats are so comfortable, and the sound is absolutely perfect! You might even have a hard time watching anywhere else because the Lightbox has set quite the standard.

The TIFF Bell Lightbox is a great place to learn about film, see a movie, or just hang out. It is a vibrant and exciting place sure to please any film lover!

Pro tip:

  • Look out for films that are unreleased and not available elsewhere because they may be the best film you’ve ever seen.

Go for a night shopping at Eaton Centre

Website: https://shops.cadillacfairview.com/property/cf-toronto-eaton-centre 

Address: 220 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5B 2H1

Contact details: +1 416-598-8560

Operating hours:

  • Monday to Saturday – 10 AM – 9 PM
  • Sunday – 11 AM – 7 PM

You might want to consider going on a shopping spree or some retail therapy with friends or colleagues right after you receive your paycheck at  Eaton Centre.

Eaton Centre is a fun and exciting place to shop, eat, and explore in Toronto. With over 250 stores, it’s the largest shopping mall in Canada.

You can find everything from high-end fashion to unique souvenirs. There are also plenty of restaurants to choose from, so you can grab a bite while shopping.

And if you’re looking for something to do after your shopping spree, there’s a movie theatre, bowling alley, and arcade all in one mall.

So treat yourself a little bit and splurge at Eaton Centre, or just window-shop. You’re sure to have a great time exploring all that it has to offer.

Pro tip:

  • If you have the time, you can start exploring Eaton Centre as early as 5 PM because you probably won’t run out of places to go, shop, or eat.

Rome around stackt market

Website: https://stacktmarket.com/ 

Address: 28 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5V 0C6

Contact details: [email protected] 

Operating hours:

  • Tuesday to Sunday – 9 AM – 11 PM

Stackt Market is an outdoor market featuring a mix of shops, a microbrewery, top chefs, killer city views and lots of mingling and socializing.

The market is designed entirely of shipping containers and cool art, giving it that industrial-chic vibe. 

Enjoy a food trip while you hang out on patios, sip on some cocktails, and relish the good eats from well-known local chefs.

Besides the food and drinks it offers, it’s also a cultural and community hub with an event calendar full of different experiences, from panel talks to site-wide festivals.

Ultimately, it’s a laid-back place where you can have a good time with friends while eating incredible food and listening to some live music.

Pro tip:

  • The Asian Market is one of the most sought after events here, so the lines get long and it’ll be best to start arriving by 4 PM or 5:30 PM.

Relax at the Touch Massage Bar

Website: https://www.touchmassagebar.com/ 

Address: 451 King St W Suite 102, Toronto, ON M5V 3M4

Contact details: +1 416-260-2256 

Operating hours:

  • Monday to Sunday – 9 AM –8 PM

If you and you’re friends want to take the cozy and relaxing route rather than the crazy wild night, then Touch Massage Bar may be for you.

It’s a comfy experience that doesn’t take away or prevent you from socializing or having a good chat with your friends.

You get to choose what some drinks from their wellness bar, like a coffee or a glass of wine, then pick what massage you want — varying from 25 to 80 minutes long. 

One of the most popular ones is a seated massage in the Tulum room since it’s meant to be a social space. And you’re basically treated like royalty with all the massage, drinks, and snacks.

Pro tip:

  • Touch Massage Bar has limited slots, so planning and booking an appointment for your self-care night would be the best option.

Hit a hole-in-one at Par-Tee Putt

Website: https://www.parteeputt.com/toronto/home 

Address: 26 Duncan St, Toronto, ON M5V 2B8

Contact details: +1 647-952-9594

Operating hours:

  • Sunday to Thursday – 3 PM – 11 PM
  • Friday to Saturday – 3 PM – 1 AM

Par-Tee Putt is the best place to wake up the kid in you and fire up your competitive spirit with a game of mini-golf. On top of that, you get to have fun while having a drink, including beer, original and classic shots, cocktails, ciders, and wine that can be enjoyed while putting your way through the course! 

This place offers up nostalgic and quirky fun, and drinks are permitted on the course, which is a nice touch as well. Each hole had a little table to stop and chat as you went along. 

You can also turn this place into a fun indoor activity during the winter. 

Bottomline, Par-Tee-Putt is a fun little place to play mini-golf while you’re tipsy and stuffed with pizza.

Pro tip:

  • Any larger group might have a bit of a harder time fitting around the courses as they’re small. A two to three party is the recommended number.

Go see the Ripley’s Aquarium at night

Website: https://www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada/night-at-the-aqueerium/ 

Address: 288 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON M5V 3L9

Contact details: +1 647-351-3474

Operating hours:

  • Monday to Sunday – 9 AM – 11 PM

Night at Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto is a unique and unforgettable experience. The aquarium is transformed into a nighttime Atlantis, with stunning light displays and special events. 

Some of the special events include Jazz Nights, Drag Nights, dancing, and a supply of cocktails and nonalcoholic drinks for the entire night.

You can explore the aquarium after hours, see the animals up close, and enjoy live music and entertainment. It’s the perfect way to spend a night out with friends or on a date.

Immerse yourself in an other-worldly experience as you’re surrounded by marine life, enjoying live music, drinks and the crowd.

Pro tip:

  • This might be redundant, but be sure to secure tickets ahead of time, especially if it’s a much-anticipated event, because they can sell out before the event.
  • Jazz nights are a more frequent event at night.

Explore the Distillery Winter Village

Explore the Distillery Winter Village's Homepage
Image from The Distillery Winter Village.

Website: https://www.thedistillerywintervillage.com/ 

Address: 51 Gristmill Lane, Toronto, ON M5A 3R6

Contact details: 1-647-693-4646

Operating hours:

  • Tuesday to Sunday – 9:30 AM – 9 PM

The Distillery Winter Village is a magical place to visit during the holiday season. Located in the heart of Toronto’s Distillery District, the village is home to an assortment of festive activities and attractions.

There are also plenty of places to eat and drink, so you can make a day of it. Plus, you can go on a treasure hunt with great pieces you can find in vintage shops, even if it’s not winter yet.

And some of the new events to look out for this year on November 16 – December 31 include The Great Gingerbread Person Hunt, Christmas Carol Sing-a-long and the Wishing Stars event. It will surely boost the entire family’s Christmas spirit and joy!

Distillery Winter Village is a great place to spend a winter day or evening. It’s the perfect place to get into the holiday spirit and enjoy the festive fun.

Pro tip:

  • You have to visit Sweetie Pie for a delicious treat like a brownie. And the fresh cinnamon donuts from Hot Doughnuts are a must-try to end.

Listen to some jazz at The Reservoir Lounge

Website: https://www.reservoirlounge.com/ 

Address: 52 Wellington St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1C7

Contact details: +1 416-955-0887

Operating hours:

  • Wednesday to Saturday – 7 PM – 2 AM

The Reservoir Lounge plays host to some of the city’s most celebrated live bands. Every night brings a new reason to dance, and you get to enjoy amazing music, real drinks, and great times.

You can expect an intimate basement joint with live jazz, swing and blues four nights a week, late-night tapas & cocktails.

The live bands they feature and invite to play are always great and genuine. You can really tap into your jazz soul when they start playing.

It’s also great to see different kinds of audiences of all age groups enjoying the vibe and dancing through the night. 

Pro tip:

  • Drinks are great, but you should also have the Mushroom Toast!
  • It’s not the best option for larger groups or parties.

Witness a performance at the Ed Mirvish Theatre

Website: https://www.mirvish.com/ 

Address: 244 Victoria St, Toronto, ON M5B 1V8

Contact details: +1 800-461-3333

Operating hours: Depends on show, event, or performance

Ed Mirvish Theatre is a great place to see large-scale touring musicals and stage shows in Toronto. It is located in the heart of downtown, so it is easy to get to.

Witnessing one of the shows is pretty iconic, especially since the theatre itself is beautiful, with a classic red velvet interior. The seats are comfortable, and the sound system is excellent. 

The show productions at Ed Mirvish Theatre are always top-notch, so you are sure to have a great time. It’s also a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, especially for tourists who haven’t experienced a performance in a historic theatre.

You can check out the upcoming events on their website, so it’s best to book and plan your night out!

Pro tip:

  • The shows can run up to three hours or more, so you might want to get ahead and grab a snack and drink at the bar.

Bowl a strike at The Ballroom Bowl

Website: https://www.theballroom.ca/ 

Address: 145 John St, Toronto, ON M5V 2E4

Contact details: +1 647-366-7890

Operating hours:

  • Sunday to Wednesday – 12 PM – 10 PM
  • Thursday – 12 PM – 12 AM
  • Friday to Saturday – 12 PM – 2 AM

The Ballroom Bowl is not your ordinary bowling alley; it turns into a complete entertainment hub with drinks, food, a live band and a party. 

The events can change from night to night, from a rock band concert to a full-blown karaoke night — the list goes on!

But not to set aside the bowling itself, you can have good ol’ battle-to-the-death style bowling games with your friends and family. They have ten bowling lanes for you to choose from, some with leather seats and some with dining spaces.

And if you’re just there to watch, there are some cool games you can play in the back as well, like air hockey, ping pong, foosball, etc.

Pro tip:

  • It’s best not to bring a car because there’s no parking available at the building, but there’s parking available at the adjacent Scotiabank Theatre.

Stroll around Toronto Music Garden

Stroll around Toronto Music Garden's Homepage
Image from Flickr.

Website: https://www.toronto.ca/data/parks/prd/facilities/complex/1707/index.html 

Address: 479 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5V 3M8

Contact details: +1 416-973-4000

Operating hours: Open 24 hours

Toronto Music Gardens at night is a sight to behold. The gardens are located in the heart of downtown Toronto, and they’re open year-round. 

The park design is actually inspired by Bach’s First Suite for Unaccompanied Cello, with each dance movement within the suite corresponding to a different section of the garden.

At night, the gardens are even more magical. The lights are turned on, and the music is turned up. It’s a great place to go dancing or just to sit and listen to music.

So if you’re near the park, take a breather and go on a night stroll. You won’t be disappointed.

Pro tip:

  • If you’re planning a picnic, there are benches but no picnic tables. So you’ll need to bring a blanket.

Party the night away at Rebel

Website: https://rebeltoronto.com/ 

Address: First Floor, 11 Polson St, Toronto, ON M5A 1A4

Contact details: +1 416-469-5655

Operating hours:

  • Saturday – 10 PM – 4 AM

Rebel is a nightclub in Toronto that is known for its fun and luxurious atmosphere. The club has a large dance floor, multiple bars, and a VIP area. 

Getting a hold of a VIP table may be challenging, but worth it since it gives you breathtaking views of the city skyline, waterfront and the dramatic 65-foot stage. It’s best if you’re holding a party or a special occasion.

Rebel hosts a variety of events, including concerts, parties, and DJ nights. Just recently, they even invited Tyga for a night of non-stop bangers.

The club is a popular spot for both locals and tourists, and it is always a lively place to go for a night out.

And with its lively atmosphere, Rebel is the perfect place to let loose and have a good time. So come down to Rebel, and you might just experience the time of your life!

Pro tip:

  • There’s no public transportation nearby, which can be inconvenient for those relying on transit. So you might want to carpool or come with a friend who has a ride.
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