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Toronto's Best No-Cover Music Venues

Don't let extra charges stop you from enjoying live beats.

  • Pravda Vodka Bar
    • Bar
    • St. Lawrence
    Atmo.
    25
    Decor
    25
    Service
    21
    Cost
    VE

    The weekday happy hour at this St. Lawrence vodka bar already wins over patrons with discounted martinis and complementary bites, but it ups the ante by throwing live lounge music into the mix. From 4 to 7 PM, jazzy combos play selections that complement a sophisticated, sleek atmosphere.

  • The Dakota Tavern
    • Bar
    • Dundas West
    Atmo.
    24
    Decor
    21
    Service
    22
    Cost
    E

    This Dundas West saloon serves up live bluegrass music gratis weekends on the side of a family-style, all-you-can-eat brunch ($18 for adults, $7 for children). Local musicians take the stage from 10 AM to 2 PM each day for an all-ages audience, and there’s plenty of room for dancing.

  • Dora Keogh Irish Pub
    • Bar
    • Toronto
    Atmo.
    24
    Decor
    19
    Service
    22
    Cost
    M

    Like any good Irish pub, this local Danforth favorite features live Celtic music during weekly sessions on Thursday nights and Saturday afternoons. While the series is heavily stacked with Canadian performers, it occasionally draws visitors from the Emerald Isle itself.

  • The Cameron House
    • Bar
    • Chinatown-Kensington
    Atmo.
    23
    Decor
    19
    Service
    20
    Cost
    M

    The venue that launched a thousand Canadian music careers, this two-in-one Queen West icon hosts live music seven nights a week. There’s a cover for the back room, but it’s pay-what-you-can to hear up-and-coming indie, rock, and country acts in the front.

  • The Melody Bar
    • Pub
    • West Queen West
    Atmo.
    23
    Decor
    22
    Service
    22
    Cost
    M

    Decked with Oriental rugs, plush leather couches, and booths, this musically-monikered West Queen West outfit in the Gladstone Hotel changes its colors nightly to suit different performance styles. Throughout the week, live acts include blues musicians, bluegrass and country groups, band-accompanied karaoke, and a queer cabaret. All are no-cover or pay-what-you-can.

  • BOOTS & BOURBON SALOON
    • Sports Bar
    • Riverdale
    Atmo.
    -
    Decor
    -
    Service
    -
    Cost
    M

    This wild-west-themed outpost on Queen Street East takes pride in its no-cover policy, stacking its weekend calendar (Thursdays included) with country music performances by local bands. Line dancing often precedes the 10 PM sets.

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