The only thing better than a night out in Toronto is a night out in Toronto with live music!

If you’re planning a night out with friends or even a date night, why not elevate the evening and stop in somewhere you can grab a drink and¬†catch some live tunes?

Here’s our list of 7 bars in Toronto where you can enjoy live music.

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Poetry Jazz Cafe

This is the perfect place for exceptional drinks and tunes!

Poetry Jazz Cafe is located on Queen West, described as a live music and poetry venue featuring the next generation of jazz, blues, soul, rock and poetry artists in the city.

Keep up to date with their live music performances on their website, with shows typically on Fridays and Saturdays. Don’t forget to check out the cocktail menu while you’re at it – the Poetry Lychee Martini is a hit!

Where: 1078 Queen St W


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Function Bar

Heading to midtown for a night out?

Function Bar is a midtown staple within walking distance from Yonge and Eglinton. This spot is underground giving it a cool sultry vibe. You can catch live musical performances here on Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays with lineups updated regularly on their site. Make sure you come hungry and thirsty – Function is known for having yummy snacks like their Baked Brie Grazing Platter, and a long list of cocktails such as the Chocolate Peanut Manhattan.

Where: 2291 Yonge St

The Wheatsheaf Tavern

Want to keep it simple with a couple beers and great music?

The Wheatsheaf Tavern is a classic pub-style spot for laid-back drinks and live music located right in the heart of downtown. Their music lineup can always be found online, with rotating performances weekly.

Nothing fancy here! Just a plain ol’ good time!

Where: 667 King St W

DROM Taberna 

If you’re strolling down Queen West you’ll almost always hear live music coming from this joint!

DROM is a vibrant bar/restaurant serving up Eastern European plates, a global drink list and some amazing performances. Expect shows and events here every day of the week making it the perfect place to go no matter what!

Where: 458 Queen St W

The Jean Darlene Piano Room

This piano bar is behind a KFC…yeah you heard that right!

The Jean Darlene Piano Room is a speakeasy in the Ossington area and is a must-try if you’re looking for somewhere unique with live tunes. You can keep up with their upcoming live shows on their social media. If you can’t make it out to a performance, they also host plenty of other fun events like drag shows and themed sing-a-longs!

Where: Behind KFC, 1203 Dundas St W

Mrs Robinson

Take a night out on College to the next level.

Mrs Robinson brings the good vibes. This College West bar has a photo-worthy interior and serves some delicious cocktails. If you want to drop in for live music just check out their “weekly lineup” tab on their Instagram to stay in the know!

The amazing drink list and live performances will have you locked in all night!

Where: 574 College St


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The Reservoir Lounge 

Coined as “Toronto’s original swing-jazz speakeasy” – this bar is a must!

Head over to the east end if you want to check out The Reservoir Lounge. This bar features live performances from some of the city’s most celebrated bands every night of the week! Not only are they known for their live music, but the food and drink menu are also among some of the best. Trust us – order one of their martinis.

Get ready to dance, eat, drink, and have a night to remember!

Where: 52 Wellington St E

What are you waiting for? Go enjoy a night of music and fun, Toronto!