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Rex Jazz and Blues Bar

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194 Queen St W, Toronto, Ontario M5V 1Z1, Canada
+1 416-598-2475
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gem on queen street

The Rex hotel has lots to offer, location: only a few blocks walk from the train station, Eton... read more

Reviewed 8 December 2017
Jim B
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Great jazz scene.

This is a place where you can sit and have a drink and/or food and listen to great music at the... read more

Reviewed 30 October 2017
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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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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  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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194 Queen St W, Toronto, Ontario M5V 1Z1, Canada
Queen Street and West Queen West
+1 416-598-2475
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Reviewed 8 December 2017

The Rex hotel has lots to offer, location: only a few blocks walk from the train station, Eton center, and lots of coffee shops and restaurants. Friendly and efficient staff, rooms that are in good shape although somewhat small. Great music and atmosphere

Thank Jim B
Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

This is a place where you can sit and have a drink and/or food and listen to great music at the same time. The University of Toronto students big band was performing the night we were there and treated us to a great set. The...More

Thank Tenorman41
Reviewed 29 October 2017

We've stayed at the hotel above the bar and naturally visited the bar for some food, drinks and live music. Great bands play here even several times a day. Food is decent and beer is cold.

Thank Jakub Z
Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

What good jazz music we got for CAD 12.-, which was the price at the door last night. A quintet of confirmed gray-haired talents playing for over 2 hours. If you like jazz at whatever hour after noon, Rex is indeed the place for you...More

Thank Patrick A
Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

My wife and I were confronted with the problem in Melbourne of booking a couple of nights in Toronto and the exorbitant down town prices. So I rang Toronto Tourist information and was recommended the iconic Rex Jazz and Blues Bar...and what a wonderful recommendation...More

Thank Paul K
Reviewed 21 August 2017

While in Toronto I wanted to have dinner at a Jazz and Blues venue. The Rex Jazz and Blues Bar didn't disappoint! Caught two bands, the food was reasonably priced, and was surprisingly very good. It's simple menu, but everything was very good. Nice selection...More

Thank anthonym959
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

We went to the Bar to have nice dinner with live music. We ordered some good food we had small talk in background play jazz, maybe not first class but enough good to go again to Rex Jazz and Blues Bar. I like ambience and...More

Thank TripHaris
Reviewed 15 August 2017

Great music, great food, great service and an audience that appreciates all of the above. This is not your typical touristy jazz club. Nice blend of locals and out of towners that are there for the music.

Thank TheOriginalLuckyDom
Reviewed 14 July 2017

We stopped here for two nights whilst in Toronto, the staff were so friendly and informative. we sat outside on the patio and enjoyed the jazz each evening. A very central place not far from Union Station and other attractions in this beautiful city. Would...More

Thank lord_colin
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

Short overnight trip at the Rex hotel. Had great homemade Swiss mushroom burgers with home cut fries. Great value and delicious. Stayed for 2 jazz sets, 7pm and 9:30. Fantastic! The only cover charge was for the 9:30 show, usually $10 but hotel guests get...More

Thank Betty R
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2 July 2017|
Response from Arnold N | Reviewed this property |
Oh yes, just a regular fresh looking american bar with texmex food. Not too crowdy, not dark.
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