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“A great place to catch some live Jazz in Toronto”
Review of The Rex

The Rex
Ranked #277 of 9,074 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
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Dining options: Late Night
Neighborhood: Queen Street and West Queen West
Reviewed May 6, 2013

Ok, it' old, the drink and food menus are nothing special and it generally attracts an older crowd, the cover charges can go as high as $20 per person or more depending on the who is playing, but overall its a great place to catch a live jazz band.
I would give the food and drink menus 3 stars (you are not going to find anything here that you would not find anywhere else) the interior is old and plain but perfect for a music setting, the sound system is actually good here.

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Reviewed February 13, 2013

The Rex is just the best live music venue in Toronto. It's a proper old-fashioned pub, and it has great jazz. The beer is excellent, the food very decent and good value (pub food, nothing posh, but that's what you want on this kind of a night out). Last time we were there we saw the Julia Cleveland Quintet, a local Toronto jazz group, who were AMAZING!

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Reviewed January 25, 2013

Great live music and good food at reasonable prices. Worth the visit if you like Jazz. Some of the worlds best musicians jam there on weekends, along with many local favourites including Shannon Butcher and Ross McIntyre ... they are awesome.

1  Thank CaptainBill217
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

Whilst staying at The Rex, toast and coffee are included each morning at no extra charge. Breakfast and lunch are pleasantly prepared and served during the day. The food is a step above bar food, good soup and sandwiches at a reasonable price. I did not try getting anything in the evenings as the bar was quite full during entertainment periods, and in addition there is a cover charge when evening music is being presented.

1  Thank akjim
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

We found The Rex, accidentally, while exploring Queen West on our first trip to Toronto. What a find! Great beer, great food, and a nice variety of music performed live by different, talented musicians. The atmosphere is very friendly, and it is the kind of
local bar that allows a woman to drop in, have a drink or snack, and not worry about being hit on by an unwanted male. Wish we had something like that in our neighborhood! We always make sure to visit The Rex and check out some new music.

1  Thank luv2travelPittsburgh
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