The city of Toronto is also very well known for its great food and fun bars. For example College St. west of Bathurst Street is called Little Italy and there are many restaurants, bars, clubs, cafes and boutiques. For an authentic dirty rock bar head to Ted's Collision, which is known as one of the few indie rocker hangouts on the Little Italy strip, where high heels and greased hair actually look out of place. There's a dark bar area at the front, lit by candles in bottles on the tables, and two pool tables at the back. The small backyard always has a handful of College Street residents who are either musicians, friends of musicians, or just look like musicians. The bar's 90s rock soundtrack takes you back to the days of Pearl Jam, Guns and Roses and those alterna-rock bands you forgot you'd left behind. Try to visit Il Gatto Nero which is a College Street landmark situated in the heart of Little Italy. Serving our espresso and cappuccino for almost 40 years, Il Gatto Nero provides a casual, comfortable and welcoming atmosphere.
For something a little more alternative go to Queen Street West where you will find many independent clothing stores and a great collection of bistros and bars. Queen SW is now best known as a centre for Canadian broadcasting, music, performance, fashion, and the visual arts. Over the past twenty-five years, Queen West has become an international arts centre, and a main tourist attraction in Toronto. Queen St. W between University Avenue and Spadina Avenue is a place of shops and restaurants. Check out Queen St. W. from Bathurst to Dufferin, where you'll see independent designers, coffee shops, pubs, and boutique hotels and bars like The Drake. Located in downtown Toronto 'Clubland', where music is hammered every night of the week, can be found just south of Queen St. W. between University and Spadina Avenue and attracts attention of many tourists. Try also Fez Batik for a good patio, or head to System Soundbar for late night or early mourning dancing.
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