Chances are, if you ask around for or search for Toronto's best bar or nightclub, the answer is located within Toronto’s Entertainment District. If it's not, it's next door in the Fashion District, which is increasingly the home of Toronto's nightclub strip. The Entertainment District is still home, however, to each of the city's four pro sports teams: the Maple Leafs (hockey), the Blue Jays (baseball), the Raptors (basketball) and the Argonauts (football). The list of things to do in the Entertainment District has no end and isn't restricted to hockey games and nightclubs; it's also home to the Toronto International Film Festival Lightbox, theatres, shopping, the CN Tower, parks, an aquarium and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Young-ish professionals who work downtown. Living in the Entertainment District means virtually no commuting and the excitement of after work is just steps from your front door.
Thirty-somethings who work in high rises and want to live in high rises. Condo towers in the Entertainment District are modern, stylish and offer all the right amenities, like indoor pools, spas and gyms. Singles and couples who bring in a minimum of six figures – each – live in the condos for rent.
Anyone who won't appreciate noise around the clock, as well as families with kids and seniors.
With some of the best venues, food and activities Toronto has to offer at your doorstep, living in the Entertainment District means a loud, flashy, high-energy lifestyle. Mornings start with a solid shot of caffeine to cull the effects last night's debauchery. When the work day ends, the short walk or commute back home makes it easy to get the evening wear back out of the closet for yet another night amongst Toronto's richest, most beautiful and most influential crowd. Whether it's taking in a Leafs game, enjoying live music, or sipping artisan cocktails at your local lounge, the Entertainment District lifestyle means little sleep, lots of socializing and never being bored.
The condo towers in the Entertainment District tend to be posh, trendy, modern, cosmopolitan – never run-down and rarely outdated. Like the rest of this part of downtown, rents are high, but renters are rewarded with a superb location and tons of great amenities.
Avg. rent compared to other Toronto neighbourhoods
Swanky, brand-new condos
Regulations on nightclubs in the Entertainment District tightened up around 2010 in response to crime. Since then, the nightclub strip has shifted over to the Fashion District on the west side of Spadina.
The Air Canada Centre, home of the Leafs and the Raptors, and the Rogers Centre, which hosts the Argos and the Jays, are two mainstays of the Entertainment District of Toronto. Throughout the year, thousands of people pool into the area near Union Station to watch a game. Tourists are also drawn to the area by the CN Tower and Roundhouse Park, which has an operating miniature train. Performing arts and live music events are hosted in the park, especially at Christmas time and during the summer. The Ripley's Aquarium is another big draw, exhibiting 450 marine species and holding 1.5 million gallons of water. Tourism aside, CityTV and MuchMusic are both located within the Entertainment District, as is the TIFF Lightbox film centre. Movie-watching opportunities continue at Scotiabank Theatre (the one with the big red Rubix cube on its facade), or for a different kind of theatre, there's the Royal Alexandra and the Princess of Wales, plus the Theatre Passe Muraille and Factory Theatre.