Polson Pier
Polson Pier
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A mix of bars, dance clubs and sports venues.
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Neighbourhood: East End
The East End is an eclectic amalgamation of areas that team up to make this district one of the most multi-faceted and alluring. Home to Toronto's LGBT community hub, Gay Village is alive and pumping day or night with friendly bars, nightclubs, and cafes – its thumb is on the pulse of excitement. For a more relaxed day, the East End has the largest collection of restored Victorian homes, and its stately streets, tree-lined and bursting at the seams with affluence, often sport farmers markets and street artists, epitomized by the effusive St. Lawrence Market. One of the most gorgeous of Toronto's neighborhoods, it also straddles Lake Ontario in an area called The Beach, where you'll find folks cycling and strolling along the sandy shorelines, getting some sun or enjoying shopping, dining, and pub options. For some fabulous food, the vivacious personalities running the restaurants in the East End's Greektown is only equaled by the fun and authenticity of the street stalls and restaurants at its expansive Indian Bazaar. 'Something for everyone' has never been so accurate.
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Abhik Sen
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Polson pier has a great view of the Toronto skyline and possibility of a great sunset behind the Toronto buildings. I drove from Mississauga (around 25 mins) on a weekday and it was relatively empty. There's parking just before the park/nightclub and it was relatively empty around 8 when I reached. I was there till 10:30 pm and it was pretty crowded by the time I left. So it would be advisable to reach early if you want to relish the sunset.
There were few people with their camera/tripods and a separate couple photshoot was going on. Few people were just to enjoying the view and some groups were waiting for the nightclub to open. I don't see any security issue with many people around. Again, try to get in early to avoid parking issues.
Written July 29, 2020
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toddlerpants
Droitwich, UK946 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Find this place, you will get the perfect photo shot. this is what you see in the brochure, but you have to know your way round I think. We were on a coach tour so did not even know this is where we were going.
Perfect skyline pictures and I imagine the night time pictures would be even better.
The skyline view with the CNTower are iconic.
Loved it
Written July 3, 2020
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Dwayne L
Toronto, Canada4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
Interesting use of industrial space but nothing really stands out. Golf Driving range, Go karts, drive in theatre, all just average. The Cabana pool bar is cool if you're a hot twenty-something year old but again just average IMHO. There's WAY better in Miami or just about any other urban center.
Written July 2, 2019
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OurAdventures2
Bath, UK897 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Family
We caught the public bus and walked down to Polson Pier for night pictures of the city.
It was a stunning look-out although very cold in the winter!
Felt very safe in the area, hardly anyone about.
Well worth a visit it’s free and only takes 20 minutes from the City.
Written February 5, 2019
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Paul S
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Friends
If I could give zero stars, I would. This place is utterly tragic. Picture Jersey Shore and a duck lipped selfie manifested as a bar. This place is a sad statement on the world.

Clueless staff prancing around in bikinis spending more time on their phones than doing anything else. Outrageous prices. Not a single good thing to say. I couldn't leave fast enough.

They confiscated my aerosol sun screen at the door. Think about that for a second. The place is a beach bar, and they took away my brand new, unopened bottle of sunscreen. Nuff said.
Written July 30, 2018
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Michael C
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Couples
I really, really wish i could give zero, even negative stars.

Me and my girlfriend went to Cabana to for the first time to see one of our favourite dj's of all time. It should have been one of the greatest days of our lives. Instead, while standing by a table (the entire club is surrounded by tables so this situation was inevitable), some fellow came up to me and my girlfriend and threatened to smash us in the head with a bottle for standing too close to they're table. I am 22 and my girlfriend is 20 and this guy was clearly over 30 years old. Four guys surrounded me and my girlfriend shouting and threatening us with violence till we left. Not a single staff member or customer said or did a single thing. After this I told not one, not two, THREE bouncers of the incident which just took place and not a single one even approached the table, let alone kick them out. The bouncers clearly have no concern for the well being of the customers. I asked a bartender to speak to a manager, after asking twice and waiting 30 minutes no manager never arrived. It became clearer at this point that customer service means absolutely nothing to this establishment.

My girlfriend and I left the bar after only being there for an hour and half and not even seeing the dj we wanted to see out of concern for our safety and well being. I paid 40$ dollars to be get in, and wasted over an hour and $30 dollars in travelling fees only to be threaten and mistreated until our departure. I wouldn't even recommend this establishment to my enemies, let alone ever return here myself. If you enjoy bars that prioritize profits over safety and customer satisfaction, than Cabana is the place for you!
Written September 5, 2016
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AlexLynne
Toronto, Canada10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Friends
The service here was appalling! We came in at opening time and they were very disorganized at the bar! Regardless of the fact that they open at 12 PM, I don't understand why staff aren't trained to prepare prior to when people arrive. The bar informed us that they could not give us any drinks such as mojito's or pina colada's, so we settled for the rum and coke. And to top things off, it took 2 and a half hours to get a food order! An hour and a half to try to track down someone who would take my food order. I went up to almost everyone I saw who kept redirecting me to other people. Finally, when someone took my order, I had to wait another hour just to get my wrap which was stale and very disappointing. Even though they had nice facilities, the horrible service and unfriendly attitude of the staff is enough to turn me off from ever going back. I would not recommend this place to anyone.
Written August 5, 2016
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AnandR-Toronto
Toronto, Canada52 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Friends
Visited this outdoor bar on Polson Pier. My first interaction with the security convinced me that they were there purely to harass you. For the entrance fee (around $20), you get access to the bar area, but not the pool (you have to pay extra for this). The scantily clad stewardesses are aloof and unhelpful, and are largely there to smile and make as much in tips as they can. However, if you like looking at scantily clad girls, then this is a good place to visit. Drinks range from around $8 to $10 for a beer, and more for mixed drinks. The pool itself was chilly (even for mid-summer).
Written July 16, 2016
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Brawnetml
Summerville, Canada504 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016
We attended the Flight Centre gala event last Friday, what an amazing venue, great service and food to boot.....Love the location, sleek and trendy and the best outdoor patio in the city.
Written July 13, 2016
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travelingenigma
Columbus, OH473 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Friends
Went for a photo op, neat spot to get a photo with the city in the background. Otherwise not a whole lot worth a spending a lot of time for.
Written June 28, 2016
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