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Bassline Music Bar – Small space, huge sound

As you might have gathered by now, I (unapologetically) love house music. Big, deep sound that you can lose yourself in for hours of dancing (well, until 02:00 in Toronto)? Yes please! It’s no Berlin or London, but Toronto has a rapidly growing house music scene, and there are plenty of options for a fun night out, ranging from underground events with local DJs to sceney clubs to massive shows in big arenas.

I’m not a huge fan of crowd, massive lineups and expensive cover, so I opt for the smaller spots and events, which are a lot better, in my opinion. My favourite “diamond in the rough” is Bassline Music Bar, an unassuming little spot in the west end at Bloor and Ossington. I usually go on Saturday nights for their “Let There Be House” party. Shoot them a message on Twitter (@BasslineToronto) or on Facebook to ask what is happening when you’re in town; they’re usually pretty responsive.

At the front of the bar: drinks are cheap and plentiful, and there’s Super Nintendo at the bar for those who want it (a quirky detail!). At the back: a tiny dance floor, with all-consuming bass, bizarrely static green laser-point lights and an eclectic crowd. Cover is usually free, or otherwise very cheap. No sceniness or pretension here. We’re all just here to dance.

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Details about this spot



865 Bloor St W, Toronto

Opening Times

Mon - Sat 20:00 - 02:00

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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)