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Rex Jazz and Blues Bar

194 Queen St W, Toronto, Ontario M5V 1Z1, Canada
+1 416-598-2475
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One of the best Jazz and Blues bars in Toronto!

A Jazz institution for years in Toronto. We went twice in a week. Heard Justin Bacchus on a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Lynehol
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Wow what a place

Music is excellent with a great selection. Amazing patio great for all type of meet ups and hook... read more

Reviewed 12 May 2018
newportagency
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Toronto, Canada
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This watering hole has been drawing jazz fans since it first opened in 1951. Admittedly the decor hasn't changed much since the old days, but the sounds you'll find here are cutting edge. The Rex lures top local and international talent; Tuesday is the weekly jam night.
  • Excellent48%
  • Very good35%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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194 Queen St W, Toronto, Ontario M5V 1Z1, Canada
Queen Street and West Queen West
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A Jazz institution for years in Toronto. We went twice in a week. Heard Justin Bacchus on a Saturday night and then Chuck Jackson’s Big Bad Blues band last Friday! He was one of the founders of Downchild Blues Band. Loved the music. Only wish...More

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Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

Music is excellent with a great selection. Amazing patio great for all type of meet ups and hook ups. I’m a see the food is good staff is fantastic you got to go. Michael

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Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

Tables and chairs are not comfortable really- more like an old style cantina. Beverages & food was fine that night. Acoustics isn’t that good and worth improving. Nice bands played that night.

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Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

You can overlook the food dud to the venue. It does not look like much from the outside, but it is a great venue inside.

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Reviewed 8 December 2017

The Rex hotel has lots to offer, location: only a few blocks walk from the train station, Eton center, and lots of coffee shops and restaurants. Friendly and efficient staff, rooms that are in good shape although somewhat small. Great music and atmosphere

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Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

This is a place where you can sit and have a drink and/or food and listen to great music at the same time. The University of Toronto students big band was performing the night we were there and treated us to a great set. The...More

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Reviewed 29 October 2017

We've stayed at the hotel above the bar and naturally visited the bar for some food, drinks and live music. Great bands play here even several times a day. Food is decent and beer is cold.

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Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

What good jazz music we got for CAD 12.-, which was the price at the door last night. A quintet of confirmed gray-haired talents playing for over 2 hours. If you like jazz at whatever hour after noon, Rex is indeed the place for you...More

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Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

My wife and I were confronted with the problem in Melbourne of booking a couple of nights in Toronto and the exorbitant down town prices. So I rang Toronto Tourist information and was recommended the iconic Rex Jazz and Blues Bar...and what a wonderful recommendation...More

Thank Paul K
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Reviewed 21 August 2017

While in Toronto I wanted to have dinner at a Jazz and Blues venue. The Rex Jazz and Blues Bar didn't disappoint! Caught two bands, the food was reasonably priced, and was surprisingly very good. It's simple menu, but everything was very good. Nice selection...More

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Response from Arnold N | Reviewed this property |
Oh yes, just a regular fresh looking american bar with texmex food. Not too crowdy, not dark.
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