Bars in Toronto we had to say goodbye to this year are among some of 2020’s most heartbreaking closures. These businesses relied on large gatherings and often sold more alcohol than food, making it difficult for many to stay afloat. At least we’ll always have the memories of all the fun we had at these spots.
Here are 30 bars in Toronto we had to say goodbye to this year.
West Queen West’s queer haven for karaoke and drag shows had to close this year, but not before having a final blowout virtual party to say farewell.
Theme parties, open mics and live shows are no longer at this kitschy Kensington staple that’s been around forever in one form or another, but closed this chapter in the fall.
The Danforth location of this self-described pizza pub closed down this year, leaving the community without one of its main hubs for a casual hangout and pint of beer. An unaffiliated Little Italy location still operates.
This queer club on Church St. known as a “pansexual playground” had to close down this year after 14 years in business.
Kensington sadly couldn’t hold onto this popular bar for drinks and DJ nights that was something of an open secret in the city.
Long lineups for this popular bar in the Entertainment District have disappeared from the streets now that it’s permanently closed after 30 years in business.
This eclectic cocktail bar with a side patio in Bloorcourt was around for a good time, not for a long time, shuttering its doors after only around a year of operation.
Dundas West was home to this soul food spot and venue that was great for a bite of fried chicken, a stiff drink and live music, but the concept wasn’t able to survive the pandemic.
This Little Italy venue and bar that boasted lots of space and pool tables closed in 2020 after 13 years in business that even included a change in location.
Gamers in Toronto are missing this esports bar near Yonge and St. Clair, though they were able to bid farewell to the spot one last time with a closing party in September.
Riverside will sorely miss this cute and cheeky bar owned by a pair of sisters known for its cocktails and bar nibbles. Doors closed in October after 5 years.
This spacious bar for live music and wings shut down this year, but it’s already being replaced by another spot for drinks.
Unfortunately, disputes with a neighbour and landlord played a big part in the closure of this Kensington Caribbean restaurant and bar serving dry ice cocktails.
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