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Polson Pier, Toronto

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2.4/5 based on 35 reviews on the web
Polson Pier, previously known as The Docks Waterfront Entertainment Complex or The Docks, is a multi-purpose entertainment venue in Toronto, Ontario. It is located in largely industrial Port Lands area of the city along the shore of Toronto Harbour.Polson Pier is also home of the Sound Academy, which is a concert hall/nightclub with a capacity of 3,230 occupants over 13240sqft of floor space. A balcony is located above.The site is also home to an extensive amusement area, with facilities for go karts, rock climbing, swimming, mini golf, beach volleyball, and a driving range.The Lakeview Drive-In is located at the far end of the driving range that is used during the day. The site is converted into a drive-in theater at sunset. It is the only drive-in movie theatre in downtown Toronto. Open on summer weekends, the drive-in can accommodate up to 1200 people and 500 vehicles.In 1999 there was discussion that ferries from the Toronto Ferry Services should depart from a landing at the Docks.On July 24, 2006 the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario revoked the Docks' liquor licence. This was the culmination of a 10-year-long dispute with the Toronto Islands' residents regarding excessive noise. On July 28, 2006 the Court of Appeal for Ontario judge granted a stay, pending an appeal heard January, 2007. By the summer of 2008, the complex had been sold to new owners who took measures to appease its neighbours, including ending all-night parties and soundproofing its indoor venue.
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  • 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 gre...  read more »
  • 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 pr...  read more »
  • 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 are...  read more »
  • Beautiful place, expensive as hell as you'd imagine. Came for a corporate event, which I'm sure we paid lots for, and there were barely any other groups here since it was day time on a weekday, and they *still* served us late and with cold indifference.
  • Phenomenal view of the city from this spot. Walked here from the Distillery District which is a nice walk as well.
  • Scenic vistas - great views of the Toronto skyline!
  • Has an amazing skyline view of Toronto.
  • The Sound Academy is a great venue for metal shows, which are pretty much the only shows I've gone to here. I will be attending a non-metal concert this August, which I'm sure will also be good. The sound quality is great and really immerses you in the music. I am 6'2", so I had no problem seeing the performance from most spots on the floor. I'm not sure why this venue has gotten so many bad reviews, but it looks like people don't seem to understand what going to a concert entails. Of course you're going to get hot and sweaty, of course you're going to stand for a long period of time, of course it will be crowded and you won't see well if you're short, and of course beer will be expensive. It's not like these experiences are exclusive to the Sound Academy. Overall, this is probably my favourite venue in Toronto.
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