Enjoy trendy restaurants or launch a hip late-night bar crawl.
Toronto’s hippest neighbourhood has round-the-clock amusements: indie boutiques, cool cafés and a late-night bar scene.
Hey, remember the ’80s? They’re back at Get Well, a low-key spot where you can grab a beer and a slice of pizza while trying your luck at a number of vintage arcade games, including Centipede, Ms. Pac-Man and Dolly Parton pinball. Get Well’s taps rotate through a variety of Ontario craft beers, and most video games have a number of free credits waiting for you. 1181 Dundas St. W., getwellbar.com
The Federal is open for dinner—but it’s the daily brunch that has the Dundas West crowd lining up down the block. Try the eggs Federal (mushroom tarragon cream and bacon or kale), or the vegetarian omelette. Pair your meal with a brunch cocktail, like the hibiscus shandy or a watermelon-rhubarb mimosa and get the day off to a good start. 1438 Dundas St. W., thefed.ca
Midfield Winebar & Tavern features an extensive menu of red, white, rosé, sparkling sherry, amber and dessert wines, not to mention an impressive reserve list. Just because wine comes first here doesn’t mean the menu isn’t worth a taste. Pair your Cabernet Sauvignon or vino Bellotti bianco with oysters, a cheese plate or grilled duck hearts. 1434 Dundas St. W., midfieldwine.com
Elephant in the Attic is an eclectic store/gallery featuring not only vintage works of art, but a wide selection of new works by local artists. Items for sale are organized into exhibits—an ever-evolving art show that changes with each purchase. 1596 Dundas St. W., elephantintheattic.ca
Cygnet Coffee’s beans are roasted just over the bridge in the nearby Junction neighbourhood, and its baked goods— including cookies, scones and muffins—are equally as local and fresh. 1691 Dundas St. W.
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Lula is a bar, restaurant, music venue and dance school all rolled into one. Music styles vary, but generally stick to jazz, world and Latin beats. Pop in for an exotic drink like the Caribbean sunset, or try the late-night snack menu, which includes pulled pork sandwiches and fish tacos. 1585 Dundas St. W., lula.ca
At Antler you’re more likely to find meals centred around seasonal game such as deer, boar and bison here than you are pork or beef. Try the cocktail menu, which includes ingredients like cedar-infused gin, vanilla bourbon and maple syrup. As a bonus, the space’s wood decor gives off a real cabin-in-the woods vibe. 1454 Dundas St. W., antlerkitchenbar.com
Midfield Winebar & Tavern