Food & Drink

Toronto’s third-oldest bar might be closing after 74 years

Via The Paddock Tavern on Facebook

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Oh, man. It looks like another Toronto restaurant is about to bite the dust. Don’t know about you, but we’re getting really sick of saying goodbye to some of the city’s favourite spots. This time it’s historic The Paddock Tavern. This Bathurst staple has been around for a whopping 74 years. They’ve been providing eats, drinks, and all-around good times since 1946. So it’s even more sad than usual that it looks like this could be goodbye.

One thing to note before the tears start falling is that the details of the closure are still a little bit up in the air. But according to The Paddock Tavern’s Instagram, it’s essentially come down to a stalemate in negotiations between the bar and their landlord. They mention issues with COVID-19 and CECRA. As well as rumoured development proposals for the property. You can read more details about it on their page, but the gist of it is that the ongoing conflict has just made staying open impossible.

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Over the past 74 years, Paddock has developed quite a reputation within the city. From hosting incredible live musicians to providing delicious eats, drinks, and everything in between, there’s never a dull moment at The Paddock Tavern.

We’ve got at least until the end of the month to say goodbye to the spot. So be sure to stop by at least once this August to take in the place before it’s gone. Plus, if you were a regular or even had just been there once, The Paddock is encouraging folks to post on social media with the hashtag #paddockmemories to share what the place meant to you.


Where: 178 Bathurst St
When: Open until the end of August, every day from 8 PM onward