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Rex Jazz and Blues Bar

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Address: 194 Queen St W, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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This watering hole has been drawing jazz fans since it first opened in...

This watering hole has been drawing jazz fans since it first opened in 1951. Admittedly the decor hasn't changed much since the old days, but the sounds you'll find here are cutting edge. The Rex lures top local and international talent; Tuesday is the weekly jam night.

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Rex, a place, where you and the musicians, can be yourself.

REX looks like the right place from outside and inside. I have been there quite a few times, in my years in Toronto. It changed for the better, when they started featuring music... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 November 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We really enjoyed our night here, the bartenders are fantastic, funny and on the ball! The live music was fantastic! Such a relaxing atmosphere!

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Thank Molly M
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Jazz like jazz is meant to be. I am fed up with these clubs where they charge you twenty bucks for a " sitting" from 08:15 till 09:45 and kick you out before ten, to be ready for the next sitting. New York clubs i am talking. Rex is so different. You walk in any time from late afternoon. Every... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

REX looks like the right place from outside and inside. I have been there quite a few times, in my years in Toronto. It changed for the better, when they started featuring music in the 80's. One of my perennial favorites is Laura Hubert, who has a regular gig there. The beer is affordable for Toronto and on my last... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Overall, fantastic stay. I was here for six nights. The staff are extremely friendly. I was in Toronto going to many sporting events, I did not have time to spend the night listening to the bands or eating in the restaurant. I did see the menu and the prices are fantastic. Cheap pub grub for sure. Stay here if your... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

The band was excellent, atmosphere very casual, service good, drinks cheap, food very good and great value. Will come again for sure.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We were there last weekend, after scouring the net for a good place to listen to live blues / jazz in Toronto. Not the friendliest service in the world, weird set up of the room where there is a giant brick column blocking several tables' view of the stage and performers. Add to that the most underwhelming jazz band I... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Sadly jazz is going the way of the dinosaur and hence it is hard to find a good jazz club in a lot of cities these days. I don't think I noticed anyone in The Rex who was under 45. We arrived very late and we were still required to pay the full cover charge despite the fact there was... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

We booked the Rex mainly for price and location but arriving there 3 hours late, at 9pm, we were greeted by Tom who raced out the bar, checked us in an show us to our room. Now if you are looking for modern with en suites this is not for you or maybe it is, try it, sure the bathrooms... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

I jad lunch with my gf as soon as we arrived in Toronto, and had the chance to spend a couple of hours listening to a blues and a jazz bands. The sandwiches we got were alright, and the beer was cool. Staff is kind and polite, and we almost had to wait no time to be served food and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

Music was very good true blues. $10.00 cover charge, which I saw when someone did want to pay you could sit outside and still hear the music. Nachos were fair.

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