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Not Your Student Bars

Enjoy your tipple high above the cityscape at Panorama. Located on the 51st Floor of the Manulife Centre in Bloor-Yorkville, the resto-lounge boasts a primo view and slick decor. Nearby, you’ll have to dress to impress if you want to get into Amber. Rest your feet for wings, pints and nachos at downtown’s The Fox and Fiddle, just steps away from the Theatre District. A bit north, at Club Lucky, it’s the no-fuss atmosphere that keeps the regulars returning. In Old Town, go underground for pints and pool at C’est What?, where jeans and T-shirts are part of the dress code. Further east, what was once no-man’s land for nightlife (peeler bar Jilly’s used to be the main lure), Leslieville is emerging as the newest place to be. If fancy martinis aren’t your style, you’ll be rah-rah for a Russkaya Troika—a selection of three vodka shots with rye—at Rasputin Vodka Bar (780 Queen St. E., 647-724-4273). At Soma Restaurant and Lounge (703 Queen St. E., 416-778-7662), date night can go the distance with a quick move to plush couches and a set from a local DJ. West of downtown, upscale lounge and dance club Spice Route—the latest offering by club kings Nick Di Donato and Charles Khabouth—touts East Asian–influenced decor. New on King Street West, The Kitchen (1186 Queen St. W., 416-536-7700) hosts revelers looking for great food, cocktails and a mostly retro playlist. Here, glass-raising cheer is the word.

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—Bonnie Malott

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