By Kait Fowlie
Being trapped in the city while the G20 disrupts everything in its path doesn’t mean you have to suffer. Lots of places are closing their doors, but the entertainment district is open and is offering some sweet deals. Take advantage of King Street while the madness of the G20 has traffic diverting all over the place, parking reduced and people generally going crazy, and keep these awesome deals in mind while planning your weekend!

The Second City has a special dinner and a show package for $35 per person. Choose one of three participating restaurants downtown – Cayo Coco, The Red Tomato, or Yuzu, then head over to the Second City to laugh your ass off all night. The deal is going on till Sunday the 27th. To book tickets, call Second City’s box office at 416 343 0011. Several restaurants in the entertainment district are also offering 15% off when you buy something from any business in the entertainment district. Participating places include The Fifth Social Club, Fred’s Not Here, Mix Bistro, Ame, Swiss Chalet, Grace O’Malley’s, Lone Star, Big Daddy’s, Yuzu Sushi and Sake Bar, and 309 Dhaba.

Note: Before you head down to tear up King Street, bear in mind that 30 parking machines have been removed from the area. Hop on your bike or walk it to your destination.

If you get down with the club scene, (or just like cheap alcohol) Lot 332 is doing 3 dollar drinks tonight for their “Screw the G20 summit party”, and everyone is free before midnight. If you’re more of an untailored party animal, I suggest a rogue box of wine on a grassy knoll while watching the CN tower lightshow at dusk. If you thrive on chaos, allow the G20 weekend of madness to inspire your debaucheries. As the streets are full of protesters and belligerent soccer fans, I can’t help but maintain an “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” attitude. You know when the tide comes in on the beach and forces everything on shore into submission? That’s me, this weekend – a small grain of sand before an ocean of mayhem. May as well make the most of the madness, I say.