The Dakota Tavern

The Dakota Tavern is a well-known music venue and bar in Toronto, Canada, with a reputation for its intimate setting and diverse range of live music. Located at 249 Ossington Avenue, in the city’s west end, it has become a popular spot for locals and visitors seeking a vibrant nightlife experience.


The Dakota Tavern was established in 2007, transforming a basement space into a cozy venue with a rustic, old-time tavern feel. The interior decor reflects a mix of vintage charm and rustic elements, with wooden walls, exposed beams, and dim lighting that create an inviting atmosphere.

Musicians and Music

The Dakota Tavern has a strong reputation for hosting live music across a variety of genres, including folk, bluegrass, country, rock, and blues. It is known for its commitment to supporting local artists, though it has also featured national and international acts. The venue’s intimate size allows for close interaction between performers and audiences, making it a favored spot for up-and-coming musicians as well as established acts.

Notable artists and bands that have played at the Dakota Tavern include The Strumbellas, The Wooden Sky, and Blue Rodeo, among others. It often hosts themed events and regular shows, like its famous “Bluegrass Brunch” on weekends, which combines live music with a family-style brunch.


The Dakota Tavern’s facilities are designed to support its music-focused environment. The venue has a small stage area for performances, with ample standing room for the audience, along with some seating around the edges. The bar serves a variety of drinks, including craft beers, spirits, and cocktails. There’s also a modest menu featuring comfort food and snacks to complement the drinks and music.

With its warm ambience and eclectic mix of music, the Dakota Tavern is a cherished spot in Toronto’s music scene, attracting a diverse crowd and providing a platform for both emerging and established artists.

The Mercenaries live at the Dakota Tavern in Toronto - CRAZY


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