Spice Route’s Vegas-style lounge rocks by night and chills by day.
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$$ = moderately priced
$ = inexpensive
499 King W, at Brant, 416-849-1808. Club land's hottest meat market, this flashy Vegas-style lounge may be a zoo Friday and Saturday nights, but its tiki-tastic wraparound deck, complete with koi pond, is a chill zone by day. $$$
314 Queen W, at Peter, 416-263-0330. Once the legendary Bamboo's rooftop revel, this swanky South Beach-style lounge may have relaxed its restrictive door policy but its Monday night lobster specials continue. Pseudo-celebrity DJs, too. $$$
298 Queen W, at Soho, 416-593-2766. Partially covered and with 200-plus seats right on the curb, the hip strip's busiest boozer offers front-row seats for downtown's most entertaining people-watching. $$
Rene Paquette serves up the suds at the Black Bull.
225 Richmond W, at Duncan, 416-979-3005. Accessed from a back-alley freight elevator, this tented French-country rooftop oasis dishes up bison burgers and lobster poutine to the sounds of live jazz every Thursday from 7 pm. $$$
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Adelaide St Pub
340 Adelaide W, at Peter, 416-977-6800. $$
408 Queen W, at Cameron, 416-703-0811. $$
Fresh & Wild
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484 Queen W, at Dennison, 647-438-7664. $$
368 Queen W, at Spadina, 416-598-4753. $$
432 Wellington W, at Spadina, 416-596-6405. $$$
208 Queen W, at Duncan, 416-598-4719. $$
332 Queen W, at Spadina, 416-596-1908. $$
538 Queen W, at Bathurst, 416-203-6623. $$
99 Blue Jays Way, at Mercer, 416-348-0099. $$$
667 King W, at Bathurst, 416-504-9912. $$