Best nights — Friday, Saturday, Monday
Reluctant to even put this one on the list because I don’t want it to change. This divey club in the heart of Ossington has it all. The music, a solid selection of beers and cocktails and a boisterous D floor. Fridays are great, Saturdays get rowdy and Mondays are Industry night.
Best nights — Friday, Saturday
Another hidden gem, this time in Kensington Market. You wouldn’t find Cold Tea unless you knew where to look. It’s tucked away in an old strip mall. You walk down this bright-lit corridor, through a huge door and boom, you’re transported to another world. And this new world serves hot dumplings to the sound of hip hop. If you can resist the dance floor or the dumplings, you’ll find a backyard patio where you can load up on some liquid courage.
3 floors. A rooftop. A basement. Live shows. And a vibe. Need I say more? The Drake Hotel is still one of the hottest spots in the city. It’s best on weekends, but there’s always some action on the rooftop during the week. If you’re rolling in on a Saturday, try and get there early to avoid lines.
Got the club going up on a Tuesday... ♪ You guessed it. Everleigh is the spot to be on a Tuesday night. The crowd is a good mix and the music never disappoints. There’s also a pool table in the back corner if you want to post up early and grab a few drinks before the night really takes off.
If you’re coming down from the Tuesday-night high, and you don’t want to wait for the weekend the move is Citizen on a Thursday. The crowd is usually what’s left of the office happy hours and the energy is always on point. No cover is a big plus and drinks at Citizen are affordable.
If you need a warm up before making your way to Citizen, checkout Belfast Love, which is a block over.
Coworking spot by day. Nightclub in the evening. Lovechild is a solid spot for Saturdays. It’s a cool space and the music is solid too. This is another spot you want to arrive early at. No cover before 11pm. The line really picks up around 12pm.