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Horseshoe Tavern

Music Venue, Rock Club, and Bar
Toronto
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  • the BREL team
    "Legendary dingy live venue"(5 Tips)
    Chris B.
    "Unexpectedly good bar service for a live venue."(2 Tips)
    Dan B.
    "Cheap beer, but you come for the music!"(3 Tips)
    Andrew Drew D.
    "Best venue in Toronto for live music!"(5 Tips)
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  • Manny D.
    Manny DavidAugust 27, 2015
    Friendly staff, great acoustics for live music, and an overall chill environment. TBM tonight is going to rock! Also, guess Wi-Fi password is: buyabeer.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    They bring in big names but also local and traveling bands, and know they will get an audience. You do have to know what you're getting yourself into—this is not an upscale place. Read more
  • the BREL team
    the BREL teamMarch 2, 2012
    Legendary dingy live venue has hosted everyone from the Rolling Stones, the Band, Police, Ramones and Willie Nelson to the Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo and Skydiggers. Get drunk & loud.
  • Cheryl D.
    Cheryl DugganSeptember 6, 2015
    You can not miss Nerd Noise Night x 2 at the Horseshoe. It coincides with Fan Expo. Tonight's headliners were The Cybertronic Spree.
  • Leanda Q.
    Leanda QuinquetJune 18, 2010
    An institution! One of the oldest venues in Toronto...built like a saloon...See a ton of awesome bands here. New music night on Thursdays, free cover. cheap beer. pool table x1 Read more
  • John M.
    John MathesonMarch 8, 2013
    I have been here many times for some legendary performances. When the weather is fine, the patio here is a "place to be" on Queen St.
  • Maria E.
    Maria EvaDecember 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Jot your name down on the chalkboard and shoot some pool with the greatest people. Free bands every Tuesday!
  • Hilary
    HilaryNovember 4, 2012
    They have Tank House on tap! And if that wasn't a good enough reason, the live bands are always nice.
  • NXNE
    NXNEJune 16, 2010
    One of Toronto's most legendary venues. Check out Warpaint, Free Energy, Elliott Brood, Man or Astro-Man, Mudhoney etc etc etc all during NXNE from 06/17/10 - 06/20/10
  • Eric J.
    Eric JJuly 19, 2015
    Cool spot. If you don't want to pay the cover, you can still sit at the bar and listen to the music
  • Alan C.
    Alan CrossAugust 4, 2010
    This former blacksmiths shop built in 1861 has been in operation as a music venue since 1947 and once had actor Dan Ackroyd as a part owner. Acts who have played the ‘Shoe include the Ramones, Talkin
  • HMV
    HMVAugust 27, 2011
    Historic Toronto venue. You must see a show here at least once. Great sound in a small venue.
  • Anitra C.
    Anitra ChatargunJanuary 25, 2016
    Great bar to grab a few drinks after work. Nothing like a few shots of tequila!
  • Heather K.
    Heather KellyJanuary 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    MUSI Artist Development Launch Party on Jan 13, 2012 at the Horseshoe ft. @tinydanza @caswellmusic @soundoflions and @janesparty! $8, doors at 9. Dont miss this!!
  • Sirron416
    Sirron416September 9, 2016
    Great venue to see awesome acts. All the great bands pass through here.
  • Lisa
    LisaNovember 12, 2011
    All the good local bands play here, best place to find new tunes.
  • Moe L.
    Moe LevinOctober 17, 2010
    If you're seeing a band in the back, get a pitcher from the back. You can go back and forth.
  • Matthew K.
    Matthew KiddSeptember 17, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Small bar with a good stage at the back for divey shows.
  • Tman (.
    Tman (aka Tim C)September 9, 2012
    Used to hang out here in the 70's and 80's... heard some stellar bands...including Teenage Head.
  • Owen H.
    Owen HurstJune 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Anybody booked here is always a safe bet, especially those you've never heard of
  • Dan B.
    Dan BrownAugust 7, 2014
    Cheap beer, but you come for the music!
  • Kevin R.
    Kevin RitiJanuary 27, 2015
    Great service all the time!
  • Simon M.
    Simon MacDougall SadavaJanuary 30, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Free shows every Tuesday night. Swing by Ann's check out some of the best new bands you haven't heard of.
  • Erika S.
    Erika StrongJune 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Best music venue in the city.
  • Canadian Music W.
    Canadian Music WeekMarch 14, 2013
    Performances and showcases for Canadian Music Fest all week long, March 19-24! Check www.cmw.net for details!
  • Andrew Drew D.
    Best venue in Toronto for live music!
  • Alexandre M.
    Alexandre MacedoOctober 25, 2010
    Very nice bar to drink with good classic rock bands playing.
  • heidi w.
    heidi wallaceFebruary 12, 2010
    Take your ear plugs with you if you want to be up front for the next up and coming indie band. like a second home to me. <3
  • Last Gang E.
    Last Gang Ent.August 15, 2011
    FREE show Tuesday, Oct 4th w/ San Sebastian to celebrate the release of their new album 'Relations'. sansebastianmusic.com for more info
  • BQMBurger
    BQMBurgerJanuary 10, 2011
    Bring your show ticket and get 10% off our great burgers at BQM Diner
  • Zoltan H.
    Zoltan H.May 10, 2014
    Live music. Cheep beer!
  • Luke A.
    Luke AndrewsJanuary 27, 2013
    There's probably a great band playing here.
  • Alessandro W.
    Alessandro WürglerSeptember 7, 2015
    Don't come here for the decor. Good music though.
  • Rachel B.
    Rachel BNovember 24, 2015
    Get A&W while you are inside the bar!
  • Chris D.
    Chris DaviesSeptember 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Avoid wearing layers, it gets really warm
  • Chris B.
    Chris BoutetMay 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Unexpectedly good bar service for a live venue. Read more
  • robby
    robbyOctober 20, 2011
    Shonen Knife from Osaka Japan !!!!! 10/20/11
  • Pierre L.
    Pierre LangloisJuly 5, 2011
    Wear your best zebra or cheetah prints
  • Darek ☠ K.
    Darek ☠ KApril 20, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Shoot some pool with great music.
  • Darek ☠ K.
    Darek ☠ KJune 16, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    NXNE is my favorite time to be here.
  • Ilker Z.
    Ilker ZaimogluMay 24, 2014
    Beautiful...
  • Tom
    TomMarch 12, 2010
    Tuesday nights are Nu Music Nights with no cover! Check out great new music for free!
  • James T.
    James TophamSeptember 13, 2010
    War Child Busking 4 Change will be here, Sept 21. People you recognize! Busking! For charity!
  • Dave Z.
    Dave ZissouFebruary 9, 2013
    WIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLCOOOOOOOOOOOO.
  • Crystal G.
    Crystal GibsonApril 23, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    I bet you're here listening to a really rad band. Find more loving for your ears at Read more
  • Valeria G.
    Just cash o credit! So bad! No debit neither Amex!
  • Fiona L.
    Fiona LJuly 31, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    it's legendary.
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SutherlandDecember 7, 2011
    Hear no evil. Pure beauty.
  • Jen F.
    Jen FidlerOctober 19, 2011
    Because it's legendary
  • Erik C.
    Erik ChristensenNovember 3, 2011
    They don't have Hendricks but that's ok.
  • Rochelle L.
    Rochelle LatinskyOctober 18, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Go to the Horseshoe to see live music!
  • Ruth H.
    Ruth HurstJuly 17, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Do not touch anything in the bathrooms. So disusting.
  • Peter B.
    Peter BroadleyJanuary 21, 2010
    Check out the Wild Beasts show on Feb 22. Only $15 adv Read more
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin BraniganSeptember 14, 2013
    This place smells like the b.o. of a man who pissed himself but I don't mind
  • Logan A.
    Logan AubeAugust 1, 2010
    Wear a cape, no cover
  • Jamie O.
    Jamie OOctober 13, 2010
    www.thesidewalks.com were here and left checkerprint all over the floor
  • alex w.
    alex wayneJune 23, 2010
    dating coach alxwayne@gmail.com was here!
  • Scott M.
    Scott MatthewsJuly 22, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Hot nuts.
  • Samantha S.
    Samantha Sifontes DuránDecember 30, 2011
    si es muy temprano hay muy poca gente jaja
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