If you weren't already aware, colleges across Ontario are officially on strike and that means that a lot of Ontario students suddenly have some more time on their hands. While the situation can definitely be a frustrating one, you want to look at the brighter side of things. If you are a college student affected by the strikes, you've got a ton of newfound time on your hands!

So now without classes or labs to get to, you probably are looking for something to distract you from all of the drama surrounding the strike. Or, are just looking for some more excuses to avoid the books for the time being. Regardless of your reasoning, look no further than these options to occupy your time while you wait for the strike to be over! 


Restaurants

Bars

Activities


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Restaurants 

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Old School // 800 Dundas St W 

While you may not have to worry about waking up for that 8 am lecture for the time being, that doesn't mean you should sleep in past brunch. Especially considering that the city has some serious brunch game, consider hitting up Old School with your classmates for a solid start to the day!


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Kelly's Landing // 123 Front St W 

If you are looking for more of a sports bar styled experience with a wide range of great food, Kelly's Landing is the spot to go. Not only can you add a killer caesar to your meal but the spot will please even the pickiest eaters while you catch the game! 


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Miss Thing's // 1279 Queen St W

The atmosphere at Miss Thing's is unbeatable. From their pineapple bowls to the floral wall designs, your eyes and your stomach are going to both be fulfilled and impressed if you've never visited before! 


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Bar Reyna // 158 Cumberland St 

If you aren't willing to let patio season go just yet, no worries as Bar Reyna is the patio to visit. The indoor patio has a fresh airy vibe that will remind you of when you didn't need to wear a jacket, and the food is delicious! 


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Pizzeria Libretto // multiple locations 

Who doesn't love pizza?! This staple spot never fails to be a good choice considering their multiple locations allow you to grab some incredible pizza no matter where you are in the city! 


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Bars

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Dance Cave // 529 Bloor St W 

Dance Cave isn't just great for your wallet, it's a great time in general as well! Not only do they actually play 'Top 40,' but they also take requests so you are garunteed to hear your favourite songs blaring all night! 


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EFS // 647 King St W 

If you are into more of the club scene and are looking to dress up and have a wild night out, definitely consider EFS. It is always crazy inside and it proves to be the perfect venue to wear your best outfit! 


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Libertine // 1307 Dundas St W 

If you want more of a chilled out house-party kind of vibe, definitely check out Libertine. This low-key bar is extremely aesthetically pleasing and always proves to be a great time (whether you remember it or not)! 


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Locals Only // 589 King St W 

There's more to Locals Only than their bathrooms, even though let's be real 90% of the reason you've gone (if you have been before) is because you wanted to Instagram the bathroom. Apart from the iconic wallpaper work, the spot is the perfect place to host an oyster night with friends! 


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Track & Field // 860 College St 

If you want to do more than just go out for drinks, check out Track & Field! Not only do they have a great roster of drinks and beer, but you also can play field games! From bocce ball to shuffleboard, it's a fool proof spot to choose for a night out! 


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Activities

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Her Majesty's Pleasure // 556 King St W 

If you are currently out of school because of the strike you are most likely a very stressed and annoyed student. The best way to combat that stress would definitely be to check out Her Majesty's Pleasure. Not only do you get a ton of spa options that pamper you from head to toe, but you can also just opt for a simple mani/pedi while enjoying a drink! 


Archery District // 770 Birchmount Rd 

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If you are looking for something more adrenaline packed, consider archery tag at the archery district! Gather up all of your friends and spend your newfound time with all your classes being canceled battling it out Katniss Everdeen style! 


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Ballroom Bowl // 145 John St 

Ballroom Bowl is a great place to consider if you are looking for a way to spend your night with friends. From the bowling itself to great food and drinks, you'll have a great time! 


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Trinity Bellwoods // 790 Queen St W 

If you are looking for a more relaxed time (and also something that doesn't cost any money), then look no further than just spending some time in the park! Whether you choose to UberEats some food from around the area or just chill out by reading a book, it's a great time whether you choose to go with friends or just hang out by yourself! 


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Allan Gardens // 19 Horticultural Ave 

Channel your inner explorer by checking out the gardens! Not only is the spot a great place to chill out and relieve yourself of any stress, but it's an amazing venue in general with tons of cool flowers and plants to look at! 

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