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Traveling to Toronto? Check Out the Favorite Haunts of Natives The Weeknd, Drake and More

The Weeknd
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The Weeknd

As natives of the Canadian city dominate the charts, check out all their favorite haunts


Consider it the Cheers of Toronto's growing electronic-music scene. This subterranean dive bar on the quiet but trendy strip of Dundas West has been a go-to for The Weeknd, Peaches (above), Mac DeMarco and members of Austra and Metric. Dev Hynes may not be a local, but he's a fan as well. 1265 Dundas St. W., 647-351-1100 

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This woody loft walks that balance between intimate and bustling. You can play classic '90s arcade games like Ninja Turtles or relax with your crew and people-watch for Majid Jordan and Death From Above 1979 rocker Sebastien Grainger (above). 1034 Queen St. W., 416-357-1299

Jennifer Agg's unfussy but divine examples of Toronto's Caribbean favorites -- oxtail and fried plantains -- were such a hit with Arcade Fire that Win Butler and Regine Chassagne partnered with Agg to develop their own Haitian restaurant in Montreal. 926 Dundas St. W., 647-346-9356

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If Toronto has a local delicacy, it's California's hot-veal sandwich (breaded veal, deep-fried and served on a kaiser bun with tomato sauce and hot peppers). Hit up the original frill-less location in Little Italy, a favorite of construction workers -- as well as Pup's Steve Sladkowski. 


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Cold Tea

A secret bar located in an offbeat mall in Kensington Market, this spot is a favorite for rockers (Feist has been spotted there) who have a hankering for dim sum and tall boys of PBR. 60 Kensington Ave., 416-546-4536

Located in a coach house, Klaxon Howl provides customers -- like Drake -- with its own line of darkly colored vests, club shirts and separates, but many come for the unique collection of amazingly modern-looking vintage military wear: perfectly preserved infantry jackets, bombers and combat boots. 694B Queen St. W., 647-436-6628

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Klaxon Howl

The decor may be a tad overwrought -- think Mafia kingpin's lair crossed with a dictator's mansion -- but that doesn't stop Drake and The Weeknd from making this waterfront chop shop a regular destination. "Great steaks," says Boi-1da, though "my favorite thing is the lamb." 60 Harbour St., 416-777-2111

?This story originally appeared in the March 19 issue of Billboard.