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Like every other aspect of life in the T Dot (I know, I'm sorry), partying here is a pretty one of a kind experience. Between all of the sick bars and events we've got, and the unfortunate commute everyone's locked into, you need to know the ropes to ensure that you'll have a good time. So before you go out this weekend, make sure to brush up on the rules of the road.
You'll spend a lot of time in the Annex
Thanks to the student crowd, this is where a lot of the cheaper bars in the city are located. Get into it.
You'll need to buy your booze as soon as you get off work
There's no way to trust that you'll be around an LCBO, Beer Store, or Wine Rack that's open late when you leave for your predrink, so the safest bet is to buy alcohol as soon as you're free. Even if you're not sure you're going out, because there's really no going back on having no booze.
You'll change your plans 5 times before you go out
There's approximately 20 billion things happening every night, and everyone's going to argue about which ones you should go to up until you leave.
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You will be at that bar at some point
A lot of partying in Toronto is bar-centered. Whether you're pre-gaming at a bar, or it's your final stop, you and your friends will find yourselves at Ein Stein's or the Village Idiot on at least one night of your weekend.
You'll run into everyone you know at 3:30am at the Lakeview
Everyone wants to keep the party going, and what better way is there to do that than late-night breakfast at the best 24 hour diner in town?
You're cabbing home
The subway's closed, the streetcar's not coming for another hour, and it's mad cold. Are you really going to wait? No, I didn't think so.
Bars will kick you out at 2:30
Last call here is at 2:00, which is a damn shame. This is why you need to be the one to kick your friends into gear and get them at of the house ASAP, so you can enjoy as much time out as you can.
Someone will text you at 1:00pm the next day about hangover brunch on College and Bathurst
Everyone's going to want to relive the debauchery of the night before, and get some mimosas and home fries into their system while doing it.
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Everyone will end up at someone's house, and no one will leave until 8:00am
Because of the early closing time at bars in this city, someone will always volunteer their place for the night so the party can keep going. If this is you, know that you're not getting to bed until the subway opens up again.
Someone's crashing at your place
Everyone's homes are scattered all over the city, and some of them are harder to get to than others. Be prepared to be a good host: make sure your couch is clean, and take your buddy to cafe when you wake up the next afternoon so you can both get caffeinated enough to function.