Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Toronto

2 Cats
Perfect for those content to order drinks cheek-by-jowl (albeit both chiselled and youthful), this local hangout would be casual if it weren't so darn frenetic.
For Your Eyes Only
Not just for your eyes only, but for your hands, too.
This is London
An unashamed homage to a Mayfair gentleman's club aesthetic.
Dakota Tavern
It's only been open since 2006, but this live music bar is already a solid gold institution.
Amber
Amber is the colour between stop and go, a cruel suspension of time as the doorman assesses your assets at the entrance.
Brant House
Pitching itself as a house party, clubbers come to live it up in the Brant House living room.
Roosevelt Room
Slip down this side alley and slide back into the Old Hollywood of the roaring twenties.
The Drake Underground
Found beneath the ever-popular Drake Hotel, this subterranean live music den has the city's brightest young things rocking out til the small hours.
Dolce Social Ballroom
One of the grandest spots in town, Dolce Social Ballroom oozes glitz, glamour and oodles of gold.
LeVack Block
On a street heavily peppered with bars, this is the hot chili - and it's all down to the dance floor.
Brass Rail
There's a lot of love for the living legend that is the Brass Rail.
Second City
It's spoof and satire from the improvisational comedy enterprise that started in 1959 in Chicago.
El Convento Rico
This is one of the hottest clubs in town, literally.
Maison Mercer
Fame-seekers and fashion victims crowd into the sumptuous environs of Maison Mercer to see and be seen.
Nyood Bar
Found above the restaurant of the same name, Nyood is a boisterous bar that'll have even the shiest wallflowers up and on the floor.
Century Room
Capturing the best features of the century-old building it's housed in, this lounge/nightclub has played host to celebs like Jude Law and Jamie Foxx.
The Horseshoe Tavern
This live music venue has been going strong since 1947.
The Fifth Social Club & Cabin Five
Pleasant country manor house meets raucous nubile crowd in the converted warehouse environs of the Fifth.
Footwork
Eschewing pretty décor, Footwork gets down and dirty with the business of electronic dance.
Muzik
Set under the dome of the former Horticultural Building of Toronto's Exhibition Place, Muzik continues to nurture Toronto's most exotic-looking specimens.
Reservoir Lounge
This intimate swing, jazz and jump blues bar in the Old Town is as unpretentious and laid-back as it should be.
Club V
If you like to dance in the dark then don't come here. One of the most shimmering spots to shimmy in, Club V enjoys the added bonus of all the bonuses of its Yorkville patrons.
Pasta, Paris and DJ SLOK
Electronic music genius DJ Slok, shares his thoughts on pasta, Paris and the DJ game in this quick interview.

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