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Horseshoe Tavern

Queen Street and West Queen West
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Address: 370 Queen St. W., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Phone Number: +1 416-598-4753
12:00 - 02:30
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 02:30

Local landmark showcasing well-known country and rock bands, including some...

Local landmark showcasing well-known country and rock bands, including some of international fame.

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Always a good time

Live music, cheap beers, good times. Not too large and always a good crowd. Good place to catch new music or to see your "back in the day" faves.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 July 2016
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Sat on the deck on a sunny afternoon. Great people watching :) !!! Even though only two people inside bartender would no serve drinks on the deck. Understand if the bar was busy but...

Thank PeterDCanada
St. John's, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

Visited early August looking to catch some live music with a few other couples that were traveling with us and this place didn't disappoint. Great place!

Thank Charlie P
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

Live music, cheap beers, good times. Not too large and always a good crowd. Good place to catch new music or to see your "back in the day" faves.

Thank RailBandit
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2016

About eight of us met on a Thursday night for an album release party of the band Jane's Party's first CD, Tunnel Visions. Admission was $10 in advance or $12.50 at the door, which included access to several bands. There is no food - drinks only. Servers show up frequently to take orders and, if you like beer, you're in... More 

Thank ML T
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2016 via mobile

I went here for a David Cook concert, and the place looked like a old dive bar. Not the cleanest of places, but certainly you can see there's a lot of history. It ups the cool factor. The sound system they have is genius. It is probably one of the best sound systems I've ever experienced for a concert. Worth... More 

1 Thank Maddie M
Quakertown, Pennsylvania
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2016

Now, listen: I don't want any of you out-of-towners going here when I'm in Toronto. This IS the best bar for hanging in Toronto; hands down. You do not find bars like this ANYWHERE in Toronto. I just walked 23 blocks to get back to this place after a 2.5 year hiatus from finding the place the first time I... More 

Thank Jeff J
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2015

Daytime Bartender makes the BEST Caesar in town bar none, always stop for one when I am in Toronto. Lots of groovy photos on the wall and TONS of history at this Tavern.

Thank Marvel M
Oakville, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2015

OK, maybe I'm biased as I met my wife in the Horseshoe 25 years ago this week and we just had to return to the scene of the crime for a celebratory beer. Almost every successful Canadian act and many international ones have played The Shoe or owe their success to it. It should wear its "dive bar" moniker as... More 

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Enfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2015 via mobile

We visited the place from England . A great dive bar tucked away near china town . The music is good the beer is cheap . The stuff on the wall shows the history of the place where the Rolling Stones and many more have played

Thank MartLambert
Ontario Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2015 via mobile

Saw a show here in June. The back room where the shows take place is nothing fancy with a seating area near the back and plenty of room to watch the band on a raised stage with good visibility from most parts of the bar. A part of Toronto history and good quality sound!!!

Thank martininblack63

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