Sneaky Dee's

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Sneaky Dee's
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Sneaky Dee's on College and Bathurst in July 2007.
Address 431 College Street
Location Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Coordinates 43°39′23″N 79°24′27″W / 43.656295°N 79.407431°W / 43.656295; -79.407431Coordinates: 43°39′23″N 79°24′27″W / 43.656295°N 79.407431°W / 43.656295; -79.407431
Type Nightclub
Genre(s) Alternative rock, indie rock
Opened 1990

Sneaky Dee's is a bar and Tex-mex restaurant on the south-east corner of the College and Bathurst intersection in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Its original location, opened in 1987, was on Bloor Street west of Bathurst, but it moved to its present location in 1990.[1]

'Sneaks' is a well-known local venue for alternative culture and indie rock, attracting a diverse crowd of writers, artists, serious music fans, and contemporary hipsters. Sneaky Dee's was home to the long-running Wavelength Music Arts Projects[2] on Sunday nights, and the popular monthly Trampoline Hall Lecture Series until October 2009 when both series moved to The Garrison.

Many well-known bands have played at the venue, including Kids on TV, Real Zombies Never Die, The Dirty Projectors, Feist, The Barcelona Pavilion, Owen Pallett, Pup, Comeback Kid, Cancer Bats, The Flatliners, Gob, Nails, Living With Lions, Broken Social Scene and Republic of Safety. The restaurant was also featured in the graphic novels of the same series Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together, and Scott Pilgrim Vs The Universe, the fourth and fifth books in Bryan Lee O'Malley's acclaimed Scott Pilgrim series.[3]

It was also a known hangout for anti-fascist and Anti-Racist Action (ARA) activists in the early 1990s, and was the scene of a brawl between them and rival organization Heritage Front after the vandalizing of a white supremacist's house in the east end.[4]

Since 2011, local bands and artists have been invited to create signature dishes, including rock band City and Colour's Northern Blues nachos, Cancer Bats' The Destroyer, Lights' Cactus in The Valley nachos, Death From Above 1979's DFA nachos and Canadian hardcore punk band Fucked Up's two breakfasts known as the Queen of Heart Attacks and Fucked Up Breakfast.[5]


  1. ^ "A brief history of Sneaky Dee's", BlogTO, May 24, 2014
  2. ^ Carraway, Kate (10 September 2009). "So Long Sneaky Dee's; enter The Garrison.". Eye Weekly Toronto. Retrieved 1 June 2010. 
  3. ^ A brief history of Sneaky Dee's", BlogTO, May 24, 2014
  4. ^ Jack Lakey, "2 sides battle on College St. after house trashed", Toronto Star, 13 June 1993.
  5. ^ "Sneaky Dee's menu goes emo with City And Colour nachos", NOW, June 17, 2016

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