Loading articles...

Several bars open late while TIFF is in town

Bar owner Rachel Conduit stands by a drink in a glass containing a recycled straw in Toronto's Farside bar on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. This holiday season, cocktail hour could really suck for the straw industry. That's because some establishments are ditching plastic straws as public backlash grows against the ubiquitous convenience -- a seemingly innocuous tool that has become emblematic of the world's plastic pollution problem. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

The city is making it easier to celebrate the celebrities and movies as the Toronto International Film Festival kicks off on Thursday.

Almost 30 bars have been granted permission from the city to stay open until 4 a.m. during the TIFF festivities — increasing your chances of hobnobbing with fellow cinephiles or spotting some of Hollywood’s elite.

Among the bars with extended last call are the Scotiabank Theatre, the Drake Hotel, the Everleigh, the Ritz Carlton, Spoke Club and Soho House. A complete list of locations can be found below.

Movies start screening around the downtown core just after 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Michael Moore’s documentary “Fahrenheit 11-9,” centred around the Donald Trump administration, will open the festival.

Julia Roberts, Robert Redford, Nicole Kidman, Natalie Portman, Salma Hayek, Jude Law, Colin Farrell, Viola Davis, Julianne Moore and Hilary Swank are among the marquee names expected to be in the city during TIFF. As well, Bradley Cooper is set to fly in to screen his hotly anticipated directorial debut “A Star is Born” alongside co-star Lady Gaga at the festival.

Here’s a list of bars that will be open late during TIFF:

  • Adelaide Hotel
  • Bambi’s
  • Bisha Hotel
  • Bovine Sex Club
  • The Drake Hotel
  • Early Mercy
  • EFS
  • The Everleigh
  • The Fifth Pubhouse
  • The Fifth Social Club
  • Figo
  • Four Seasons
  • Kost
  • The Libertine
  • Mira
  • Monarch Tavern
  • Nota Bene
  • The Office Pub
  • Paddock
  • Patria
  • The Ritz Carlton
  • Scotiabank Theatre
  • Soho House
  • Spoke Club
  • Storys
  • Thompson
  • Wayward
  • Weslodge