Just steps away from waterfront accommodation and lakeside adventure, downtown Orillia is a cultural hub of activity. After a day out exploring the region, visit the Sunshine City’s local pubs and restaurants, where restaurateurs and businesses have perfected niche after-hours experiences to keep you entertained all night long.
Pubs, Music, & Nightlife
If you’re seeking out lively pubs and bars, newcomer Lucky Labrador Public House is a pub-style restaurant open late seven days a week with imported beers on tap and a hearty and comforting menu. Across the street is the late-night Kenzington Burger Bar, the home of gourmet burgers and good beer, and further up Mississaga is Brewery Bay Food Co, where sports and good grub live. Don’t forget Orillia’s late-night staple by the waterfront, Studabakers Beachside serves up an extensive cocktail menu with fresh off-the-grill pub foods.
When it comes to dinner and a show, Couchiching Craft Brewing Co hosts some of Orillia’s loudest and proudest after-hours parties in their state-of-the-art restaurant brewery. Check out the Sunshine City-inspired brews while you visit one of the nightly music events and even order a curated pack to go.
If you’re someone with more curious tastes, visit PICNIC Tapas & Wine Bar for some worldly gourmet tapas, weekly live music on the PICNIC stage, and unique nightly events – wine club with sommelier guest speakers, scotch socials, and karaoke. Or, try out the Hog N’ Penny for a traditional British-style pub experience. The Hog is a warm gathering place for friends to view sports games, see some live acoustic music, and even join in on some hilarious trivia nights.
Tammies Place is already well-known for their idyllic outdoor dining domes and ice bar during the winter time, but it’s inside where the night really takes off. Every Thursday evening stay late at the indoor tiki bar for some fun, vacation-style karaoke, or check out the restaurants ongoing trivia nights.
Wine, Cocktails, & An Intimate Night Out
For a quiet and cozy night out, the laid-back, friendly coffee shop Lone Wolf café uniquely transforms into a relaxed, speakeasy-style cocktail lounge when the sun goes down. The After Dark event runs late into the evening and serves a creative cocktail menu with seasonal and local inspirations behind every mix.
If you’re looking for some good old-fashioned fun with friends in an intimate setting, try visiting the family-owned board game café, Cards and Coasters. The café boasts dozens of classic and modern board games available for rent at just $5 a person for the evening while serving you up all the traditional game night treats.
Provenance Wine Bar is a new addition to the Orillia scene but has quickly established itself as a cozy, date-night must. A sophisticated culinary journey for your taste buds, the restaurant sits as a beacon for wine lovers and foodies alike in the heart of the Orillia Arts District. The ambiance is upscale but warm and pairs perfectly with an elegantly curated menu and carefully selected wine selection by Chef Doug Cooper.
Arts, Culture, & History
Theatre lovers can pair their evening out with cultural experiences in the heart of Downtown Orillia. The Orillia Opera House proudly boasts two theatres with a near total of 800 seats. The venue brings visitors back year-round to experience professional live theatre, concerts, comedy shows, and top-tier entertainment in the legendary Lightfoot Auditorium and Studio Theatre.
For art and history buffs, the beloved Orillia Museum of Art & History‘s presents their free Music & Mocktails event every third Thursday of the month. The event is open to the public, giving attendees free access to all exhibits and galleries with the opportunity to see some live music while sipping on a delicious museum mocktail. Don’t miss out on special activities, like monthly crafts or museum bingo.
No matter what brought you to Orillia & Lake Country, Downtown Orillia offers the perfect night out for every kind of visitor.
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