Toronto is one of the oldest Canadian cities, dating back to the late 18th century. Now standing as a fifth largest city of North America, Toronto has very interesting and turbulent history. First established as city of York in 1793, city has been attracting settlers from Europe and during the past 40 years from all over the world. As history captured creation of important governmental, educational and humanitarian organizations it was also kind to record creation of bars, taverns and nightclubs. In this article we present to you the oldest and most historically attractive nightlife places of Toronto.
The Wheat Sheaf Tavern (King & Bathurst) is known as Toronto’s oldest tavern (est. 1848). Even today the Wheat Sheaf’s interior still retains its charm. Its simple wooden tables and chairs create welcoming atmosphere and its simple menu is most likely not too different from 150 years ago. This tavern is hugely popular among tourists and locals and is believed to be the main drinking destination for soldiers of Fort York.
Bloor Annex area (Bloor St. & Spadina Ave.) of Toronto has more than one bar holding historical value. The Brunswick House has been established in 1876 and during the first 50 years attracted local working class. Nicknamed as “the Brunny”, this bar nowadays is a very popular among University of Toronto students due to its large menu and attractive prices. Although inside does not look like much, style and decor has maintained the history of The Brunswick House giving its visitors a feel of 19th century Toronto’s social life.
Just few buildings away from the Brunny the Paupers Pub stands as one of the most beautiful pubs in Toronto. Pub itself is relatively young, but it occupies one of the oldest buildings on the street. First built in 1914 for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce the building holds its original architecture and impresses with exterior richness. Pub takes all three floors that uniquely retain all internal bank structure with its brass posts, teller platforms and lights.
Murphy’s Law in the Beaches area is also a transformed bank. It is believed to once be a Canadian Bank of Commerce, although only a few records surfaced when we did this research. Murphy’s Law is a traditional Irish Pub that delivers the story of the largest ethnic population of the 19th century Toronto that was formed as a result of the Great Irish Famine escape and immigration to Canada.
Clinton’s Tavern located in Toronto Entertainment District opened its doors in 1937. This pre-war establishment was once divided in two distinct areas – upper for “members only” and lower for everyone else willing to spare a change for a drink. Clinton’s Tavern was reborn in 1985 to become a fully blown dancing and live music venue. According to our research Clinton’s is the oldest night club in Toronto.