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8 Alternative Nights Out in Toronto

As fun as going out to bars and restaurants can be, sometimes you just want to do something slightly different with your weekend evenings.

Here is a list of 8 ‘alternative’ things to do with your evenings in Toronto.

  1. Axe Throwing

Great for large groups (and the competitive among us), axe throwing ticks the box of something different to do in Toronto.

Axe throwing venues generally allow you to bring along food and drinks, so you can make a proper evening of it.


2. Jazz Night at the Aquarium

The first Friday of every month, you can enjoy the aquarium whilst sipping away on a drink and listening to live jazz music.

This slightly surreal experience is popular, so get there early to avoid disappointment.

My favourite part was the jelly fish ‘dancing’ at the end of the night.


3. Medieval Times

For a bit of history (or if you just want an excuse to pretend you’re on the set of GoT, drink large tankards of beer and eat with your hands) head to medieval times.

A mix of medieval banqueting, horses, jousting and falconry, it is not your average Saturday night out.

Medieval Times, Toronto

4. Board Game Cafes

Always a winner, and even more so now the fall has started, is Toronto’s amazing selection of board game cafes.

My favourite is Snakes and Lattes on College Street. Pay a small fee for the huge selection of games, and enjoy the great selection of drinks and snacks available.


5. Toronto Popcorn Company

O.K, so not quite a night out, but Toronto Popcorn Company can definitely help facilitate you in creating a fantastic movie experience at home.

Located at Kensington Market, this popcorn shop has all your classic flavours plus some slightly stranger variations.

Feel free to sample any flavours you like in the shop, from pizza, to nachos, to cherry to vanilla cake.

Toronto Popcorn Company

6. Watch some comedy

Toronto has a lot of comedy on offer.

I am a big fan of stand-up, and love Absolute Comedy.

Typically there are 3 acts per night, the total show lasting about 90 minutes (an 8pm and 10pm show). Get food and drinks served to your table whilst you enjoy the acts.

7. Go on a ghost walk

The Distillery District, as well as having a fantastic selection of bars, places to eat, markets and shops, is also home to Toronto’s ghost walks.

Learn about the site’s history, whilst hearing about the present day spooky goings-on.

Tours last about 90 minutes and are all outside, so make sure you wrap up warm in winter!

Distillery District Ghost Tour

8. Escape Rooms

I have to be honest, I am yet to try this out for myself – but I really really want to!

In fact, every time we try to book the Casa Loma escape room is it fully booked.

So there’s the note of warning – book well in advance if you have a specific date and location in mind.

For those not familiar, escape rooms are basically a team challenge where you must complete a series of puzzles in order to ‘escape’ a room (or in Casa Loma’s case, a castle) before the given time limit is up. Think of it as being inside a real-life console game.





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