Andy Poolhall 489 College, at Markham, 416-923-5300. Warhol-themed billiard lounge with DJs next door to Ciao Edie Roxx.
Beaver 1192 Queen W, at Gladstone, 416-537-2768. Lyn McNeil and and Vazaleen DJ Will Munro's rock 'n' roll wreck room on the Gladstone strip.
Boat 158 Augusta, at Dundas, 416-593-9218. Nautically themed Portuguese sports bar turned indie rock palace in funky Kensington Market.
Bovine Sex Club 542 Queen W, at Bathurst, 416-504-4239. Down 'n' dirty rock club specializing in glam metal.
Cadillac Lounge 1296 Queen W, at Grove, 416-536-7717. Retro 50s-era rocker lounge with huge backyard patio in unpretentious Parkdale.
Cameron House 408 Queen W, at Cameron, 416-703-0811. Downtown's original art bar offers live music nightly in two too-cool rooms.
Ciao Edie Roxxx 489 College, at Markham, 416-927-7774. Named for Warhol superstar Edie Sedgwick, this rockin' subterranean bar attracts a Church-meets-College crowd. Home to Sunday night's QueerElle party.
Comfort Zone 480 Spadina, at College, 416-975-0909. In the dingy basement of the Waverly Hotel, this sweaty dive hosts Sunday's 9 am -- yes, in the morning -- Devine Sunday Wake-up, an après-clubbing chill-out. Glow sticks optional.
Communist's Daughter 1149 Dundas W, at Ossington, 647-435-0103. Six seats at the bar, a few tables and arguably the best CD jukebox around. Look for 'Nazare' one door west of Ossington.
Dakota Tavern 249 Ossington, at Dundas W, 416-850-4579. Kitschy basement country bar on trendy Ossington with live bands and Sunday brunch.
Dance Cave 529 Bloor W (2nd floor), at Albany, 416-532-1598. Cavernous dance club near U of T specializing in retro alternative rock.
Drake Hotel 1150 Queen W, at Beaconsfield, 416-531-5042. Swanky supperclub slash lounge in trendy west-side boutique hotel. Open Thursday to Sunday till 4 am.
El Convento Rico 750 College, at Crawford, 416-588-7800. Latino salsa club with late-night drag shows Friday and Saturday.
Gladstone Hotel 1214 Queen W, at Dufferin, 416-531-4635. Restored Victorian hotel and arts complex complete with installations, café, live music and karaoke. Open Thursday to Sunday till 4 am.
Laide 138 Adelaide E, at Jarvis, 416-850-2726. Vintage girl-on-girl porn and new wave tapas till 2 am.
Lot 16 1136 Queen W, at Beaconsfield, 416-531-6556. Low-key local halfway between the Gladstone and the Drake.
Mitzi's Sister 1554 Queen W, at Fuller, 416-532-2570. Offshoot of popular Parkdale brunch spot Mitzi's, this rootin'-tootin' saloon attracts rough-around-the-edges types from the local alt-art-and-music scene.
NEU+RAL 349a College, at Augusta, 416-926-2112. Subterranean alterna-dance club at the top of Kensington Market.
Rhino 1249 Queen W, at Gwynne, 647-668-4673. Laid-back Parkdale pub with regular queer programming.
Social 1100 Queen W, at Dovercourt, 416-532-4474. New wave/electro dance bar on downtown's hippest strip.
Sweaty Betty's 13 Ossington, at Queen W, 416-535-6861. Ossington's hippest dive, this intimate two-room space features Motörhead on the jukebox and absinthe at the bar.