Nothing beats an evening at the theatre — except maybe an evening at the theatre preceded by or following a lovely dinner, drinks, or calming patio visit. Intermission has compiled a list of the best places to relax and chat about theatre before your next evening at…
Theatre Passe Muraille
But don’t just take our word for it. We’ve created this list with the help of TPM’s staff and artists, so you know you’ll be wining, dining, and unwinding at a tried and true local favourite to perfectly compliment your night at the theatre.
Dining & Drinks
The ultimate post-show destination, Java House has a large menu with plenty of affordable options for both food and drink, including all-day breakfast options. The best part? Their large patio is open late, every day. We’re talking 3 a.m. late. So no matter what time your show finishes, you’ve got a place to decompress over a pitcher of sangria and recap your glorious night at TPM.
Beautifully plated and prepared food? Coffee? Wine? Yes please. Early bird focuses on bringing contemporary art to the plate in the form of healthy yet flavourful food. Paired with perfectly brewed coffee and a carefully curated list of natural wines, this is the perfect place to unwind and discuss your next show.
“I live on Early Bird’s fizzy iced tea in the summertime.” — Angela, TPM Resident Hipster Foodie
Modern takes on Southern Italian classics abound in this Toronto staple. With a small menu of perfectly prepared classic dishes, this Gusto 101 is an approachable venue that’ll make you feel like the finest of diners. With a seasonal menu and some excellent dessert and drink options, you won’t want to miss out on their delectable pre-show dining.
“I’m here for pasta, patio, and cocktails. Try the Mafalde Ai Funghi: you won’t be disappointed.” — Emily, TPM’s Resident Patio-Lover
Sushi boats, exciting sushi rolls, and beer for days. This family-run Queen West sushi joint is committed to providing fresh, flavourful foods and a comfortable environment. There’s something for everyone in this popular joint, and they even offer a 15% take-out discount if you pay with cash on your to-go order!
Address: 478 Queen St. W. Walking distance to TPM: 3-4 minutes. Hours: Mon-Weds, 4:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Thurs, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Fri, 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Sat, 12:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Sun, 12:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
If you love fresh and delicious Korean fried chicken, BB.Q Chicken has an incredible variety of wings to wet your whistle and get you clucking. This Canada-wide chain offers beer and soju to compliment your meal, so it makes for the perfect casual, tasty meal to cap off your night at the theatre.
A massive, two-storey bakery filled with handcrafted French treats, Nord Lyon takes pride in selling tasty treats made entirely from scratch. Whether you’re looking for a sweet pre-show treat or a fresh, buttery croissant to get you in the theatre-viewing mood, Nord Lyon is the place to be.
Raku brings the best of udon dishes to the Toronto food scene. This contemporary dining space from Chef Norihiro Ishizuka features a wide variety of udon and an appetizer menu of classic Japanese small bites designed to leave customers with full stomachs and happy memories.
“I love the Sansai Udon (veg) with mountain vegetables and organic maitake mushroom tempura. they also have awesome Sabazushi (mackerel sushi), and don’t be afraid of cold udon!” — Emily, TPM Udon Connoisseur
Transit & Parking
Theatre Passe Muraille is located at 16 Ryerson Ave in Toronto, ON.
There is limited street parking available immediately around the theatre. There is an underground paid parking lot below the Loblaws on Richmond St., just west of Portland, and an above-ground paid lot on the corner of Wolseley St. and Augusta Ave.
TPM is easily accessible via the Bathurst and Queen St. streetcars, which connect to two different subway stations, depending where you’re coming from.
From Osgoode Station, take the Queen St. streetcar west to Bathurst St. Walk one block east on Queen to Ryerson Ave., then head north for one block until you reach the theatre.
From Bathurst Station, take the Bathurst St. streetcar south to Queen St. Walk east on Queen St. for one block, then turn north onto Ryerson Ave. for another block.
There is free bike parking west of the theatre on Wolseley St.