Bordered by Front St. on the south and Queen St. on the north; Dufferin St. on the west and University Ave. on the east.

This area of Toronto was once one of the city's old industrial areas: large warehouses, little residential space, and few nightspots. But in the early 90s, the city re-zoned the area and allowed a wide range of land uses. Since then, the neighbourhood, known as King/Spadina, has exploded to become one of the city's fastest-growing communities and most popular nighttime destinations. The area is also known as the Club District, the Entertainment District or Clubland. The neighbourhood of Niagara, on the west side of Bathurst, has also grown dramatically.

Many of the old warehouses are still there - this gives the area its charm. Many nightclubs and bars moved into the ground floor levels of the warehouses, with the upper areas occupied by new businesses or loft residences. But there has been a lot of new construction - mostly loft-style buildings to complement the old warehouses.

The nighttime destinations in this neighbourhood are incredibly diverse. There is King St., with its strip of delicious restaurants to the west of the theatres. The restaurants and bars continue along King, past Spadina and towards Bathurst.

North of King, along Adelaide and Richmond are mostly dance clubs, but sprinked throughout are numberous bars and restaurants. Virtually any type of nighttime destination can be found in this area. It is probably the most populated area in the city on a weekend night - the streets are lined with people as they hit the bars, restaurants and clubs.

All kinds of beer diversity can be found in King/Spadina. Smokeless Joe probably has the best beer selection in the area, with a huge bottle stock and interesting taps. Smokeless Joe is the best place to find a beer that cannot be found anywhere else. There is Al Frisco's, just north of Joe's, which has a rich history in the city as its first brewpub (although under a different name). And down the street along King towards Bathurst lies the Amsterdam microbrewery, with a little pub downstairs and a nice patio serving all of their beers.

This is a neighbourhood for nighttime exploration. There are so many places in the district - go down there on a Friday or Saturday night and explore. There is no doubt you will find something interesting.

Where can I find a good brew?

Pub Name Address Phone (416)
Academy of Spherical Arts 38 Hanna Ave. 532-2782
Alice Fazooli's 294 Adelaide St. W 979-1910
Amsterdam Brewing Co. 600 King St. W 504-1040
The Banknote 663 King St. West 947-0404
Brasserie 133 John St. 595-8201
Charlotte Room 19 Charlotte 598-2882
Dirk Gently's 244 Adelaide St. W 599-9030
Fez Batik 129 Peter St. 204-9660
The Fifth 221 Richmont St. West 979-3000
Friar & Firkin 160 John St. 340-9459
Elephant and Castle 212 King St. West 598-4455
Garage Paradise 175 Richmond St. West 351-8101
Indian Motorcycle Co. 355 King St. W 593-6996
Innocenti 587 King St. West 203-0551
Joe Rockhead's 212 King St. West 977-8448
Kit Kat 297 King St. West 977-4461
Mercer Street Grill 36 Mercer St. 599-3399
Milano 325 King St. West 599-9909
Monsoon 100 Simcoe 979-7172
Montana 145 John St. 595-5949
N'awlins 299 King St. West 595-1958
Old York 167 Niagara 703-9675
Red Tomato 321 King St. West. 971-6626
Rodney's Oyster House 469 King St. West. 363-8105
606 606 King St. West 504-8740
Smokeless Joe's 125 John St. 728-4503
This is London 364 Richmond St. W 351-1100
Wayne Gretzky's 99 Blue Jays Way 979-4646
Wheat Sheaf 667 King St. West 504-9912

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