Energetic nightlife, traditional trattorias and cool cafés.
Energetic nightlife, traditional trattorias and hip restaurants contribute to the vibrant atmosphere of this enclave.
FUN AND GAMES
Add some competitive fun to your night out with a rousing game of bocce ball or shuffleboard at Track & Field. Lanes can be reserved by the hour, or you can put your name on the waiting list when you arrive. Enjoy cocktails (both on tap and made-to-order) or a pint of local or draught beer while you play and hang out in one of the bar’s comfy booths. 860 College St., trackandfieldbar.com
Each day, Jelly Modern Doughnuts rolls out a delectable array of sophisticated flavours, from lemon curd and Smarties to whoopie pie and maple bacon. Even though hundreds of doughnuts are made daily, each artisan treat is hand-decorated. Check online before you visit to see the flavours of the day. 376 College St., 181 Bay St., jellymoderndoughnuts.com
Grab a brush at Paintlounge, an art café that offers an obstaclefree (the paint, canvas, easel and inspiration are all provided for you) social painting experience. Just show up, choose your tea
(or wine and beer on paint-party nights) and run with your ideas. Workshops to create a specific painting are available for adults, families or children. 784 College St.; other locations, paintlounge.ca
Nestled on corner of College and Crawford streets, the Little Italy institution Il Gatto Nero has stood the test of time.
Try its traditional pasta, paninis or pizza paired with a glass of vino for dinner, or, if the weather’s nice, stop by for an espresso on the sidewalk patio. 720 College St., ilgattonero.ca
TAPAS AND TIPPLES
Bar Raval is the place to be on Friday or Saturday—or really any night of the week. Patrons congregate around barrelsturned-tables, as they sample from a menu packed with
exceptional cocktails, sherries and rare vermouths. Nibble on small seafood-heavy plates like white clams and octopus a la planxa and admire the Dalí-like woodwork throughout the bar. 505 College St., thisisbarraval.com
Recently transplanted from Mirvish Village to its new home on College Street, Southern
Accent has been a cajun-food favourite for more than three decades. Try New Orleans–style hush puppies, jambalaya and barbecue ribs in a dining room adorned with tinsel and Mardi Gras beads. Don’t leave before trying a bite of the bread pudding with bourbon sauce, or a taste of the sweet potato praline brownie. 839 College St., southernaccent.com
The Royal cinema has been a Toronto institution (on and off) since 1939. Today, it operates as both a film and television post-production studio and a nighttime indie/art house cinema. The programming includes everything from 1970s horror classics to Saturday morning allyou-can-eat-cereal cartoon parties to documentaries presented by
Vice magazine. 608 College St., newsite.theroyal.to
Jelly Modern Doughnuts
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