Most locals can agree that living in Toronto doesn’t come cheap. Rent, bills, and groceries are expensive enough, and those overpriced cocktails aren’t doing us any favours. Thankfully, there are still plenty of cheap spots in Toronto for a budget-friendly good time.

We all know how traumatizing it can be to check your bank balance after a night out in this city, so why not spare yourself the torture and hit up these cheap spots instead?

Tilt Arcade Bar


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 This retro arcade is always a good time and you don’t need more than a few bucks to enjoy unlimited games all night long. There’s a $5 cover fee to get in and all of the games are set to free play. There’s also craft beer on tap and all kinds of cheap snacks, including popcorn for $3, perogies for $6, and deep-fried Mars bars for $5 each.

Where: 824 Dundas St West

Wide Open


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 This bar might have the best drink deals in the whole city. With drinks for just $2.75 every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., happy hour doesn’t get happier than this. There are drink specials every day of the week, including $4 everything on Mondays.

Where: 139A Spadina Ave

Añejo Restaurant – King West


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 This is one of Toronto’s most popular spots for fresh Mexican cuisine and handcrafted cocktails, complete with a colourful, pup-friendly patio.

Añejo Restaurant has some fantastic happy hour deals on its menu, like half-price tequila, $6 margs and beer, as well as $3 tacos with the purchase of a drink. The happy hour menu is offered twice daily from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close.

Where: 600 King St West

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Par-Tee Putt


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 Get your friends together for a round of nostalgic fun. This mini-golf course has 27 themed holes and you can take your beer or cocktail with you while you putt. Feel like a kid again and make it a pizza party with the Detroit-style pies served up at the Par-Tee Putt kitchen. You’ll get 90 minutes of unlimited play with your reservation.

Where: 26 Duncan St

The Green Room


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 This Kensington Market-area mainstay is the self-proclaimed “best” spot for cheap drinks in Toronto, so you can count on some budget-friendly prices on your next night out. The prices, laid-back atmosphere and secluded garden patio makes The Green Room a favourite among students and locals.

Where: 414 College St

King Taps


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 King Taps has over 45 specials on its happy hour menu, available from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and from 9 p.m. to close every Sunday to Thursday. Some of the best deals include $5 mulled sangria sour, $5 pale ale, $6, el tequila soda, plus tacos, salads, bowls, and more for reduced prices. The best part is that it has one of the most epic patios in the downtown core.

Where: 100 King St W

Imagine Cinema Carlton


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 If you’d prefer dinner and a movie to a night at the bar, you won’t find cheaper tickets anywhere in the city than at Imagine Cinema on Carlton St. General admission is just $10 for movie-goers 14 and older, but the price drops to just $7 for general admission every Tuesday.

Where: 20 Carlton St

Sweaty Betty’s


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 Cheap drinks, live DJs, drag shows — what more could you ask for on a Friday night? Sweaty Betty’s has been a popular hangout on the Ossington strip for over 18 years and it’s not slowing down any time soon. Plus, you can get amazing deals on Jameson cocktails and shots every night from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.!

Where: 13 Ossington Ave