Club CraWl on king West

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There’s lots of ac­tion at th­ese clubs

Even though it’s tech­ni­cally out­side of the of­fi­cial En­ter­tain­ment Dis­trict, the area around King West be­tween Spad­ina and Duf­ferin once held many of Toronto’s best un­der­ground clubs, in­clud­ing leg­endary party spots In­dus­try, Roxy Blu, Foot­work and Una Mas.

Th­ese days the Hox­ton (69 Bathurst, 647-400-4788, the­hox­ton.ca) is your best bet for in­ter­na­tional DJ su­per­stars as well as live shows by tour­ing bands and elec­tronic acts.

If the lineup there is too long, there are plenty of other dance floors nearby. Walk around the cor­ner to EFS (647 King West, 416- 477- 5460, ef­s­toronto.com), where you can party to hip-hop and R&B and en­joy the big rooftop pa­tio. Or just cross the street to Door Three (667 King West, 647-9236673, doorthree.ca), a cozy lounge that the Wheat Sheaf (one of Toronto’s old­est bars) has opened on its sec­ond floor.

Fur­ther west and away from the crowds, Ca­bal ( 782 King West, 647-342-8866, ca­bal­so­cial. com) has a more ca­sual mood than most King West clubs, and of­ten fea­tures the kind of soul­ful deep house that peo­ple used to seek out at Roxy Blu and Una Mas.

The hedge fund crowd is catered to at spots like the Cit­i­zen ( 522 King West, 416-703-2800, thecit­i­zento.com), Wes­lodge Sa­loon (480 King West, 647- 660- 0999, wes­lodge.com), and

Brassaii (461 King West, 416-5984730, brassaii.com), but a grow­ing num­ber of venues of­fer more off­beat ways to spend your nights: play ping pong at Spin Toronto (461 King West, 416-5997746, toronto. wear­espin. com), or cool off at Chill Ice

House (82 Bathurst, 416-901-3330, chill­ice­house. com), where ev­ery­thing is made out of ac­tual ice.

Even live mu­sic fans have some op­tions: the King West lo­ca­tion of the Bier Markt (600 King West, 416-862-1175, bier­mark­t­mu­sic.com) now has indie bands many nights of the week. This isn’t the one Rob Ford made fa­mous, though.

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