The Horseshoe Tavern has come a long way from its 1861 origins as a blacksmith shop. Since 1947, it’s operated as a saloon and concert hall, and over the decades has cemented itself into legend as Toronto’s favorite dive bar for live music. With cheap tickets and cheaper drinks, the ‘Shoe is dedicated to showing its customers a good time, so put on your comfy jeans and round up your friends for a rockin’ night downtown. Grab a couple of beers at the bar to get the night going, then head to the ticket booth. The music’s happening in the back room, and depending on what night you come, you could be dancing to indie rockers like the National, head bobbing to punks like Bad Religion, or singing along with alterna-legend Bob Mould. But even if you’ve never heard of the band on the bill, it’s worth giving them a listen, since there’s every chance they could become the next big thing. After all, as any fan of the bar will tell you, it’s hosted a who’s who of music royalty before they were famous, from Willie Nelson to Bryan Adams to the Rolling Stones. It gets crowded near the stage, so you might have to nudge your way to a clear view, but the great acoustics and good company will make the night special all the same. And just think, if the band you’re seeing really takes off, your indie cred will multiply exponentially.