nightlife

15 signs you grew up in Toronto in the 1980s 15 signs you grew up in Toronto in the 1980s

Nostalgia is more than just the latest internet meme. It taps into a primal and powerful part of our collective identity. The web’s latest deluge of look-back content got us sharing memories here at Toronto Life. It wasn’t long before we had pages and pages of notes about how our city once was, and the experiences that… Read more »

50 Reasons to Love Toronto: No.30, There’s a hidden watering hole called Goodn... 50 Reasons to Love Toronto: No.30, There’s a hidden watering hole called Goodnight in an alley at Richmond and Spadina

The first rule of Goodnight is: don’t talk about Goodnight. The hidden watering hole, located behind a buzzer-access metal door at the end of a dark, graffiti-covered alley at Richmond and Spadina, opened last September, just in time to be Harvey Weinstein’s unofficial TIFF clubhouse. To a certain nightlife species—people who experience a frisson entering… Read more »

Introducing: Briscola, Cinq 01’s rustic Italian successor Introducing: Briscola, Cinq 01’s rustic Italian successor

Briscola, the new rustic Italian restaurant from Ink Entertainment’s Charles Khabouth and Amber’s Toufik Sarwa, opened last Friday to the packed crowds one would expect from a collaboration between the two nightlife vets. After taking over the space of Sarwa’s short-lived Cinq 01 restaurant, Briscola apparently saw visits from Ben Mulroney and Galen Weston Jr. on… Read more »

La Palette shuttering its Kensington location this weekend La Palette shuttering its Kensington location this weekend

When Shamez Amlani muses about this coming Sunday, it’s not without a little sentimentality. Three days from now, the restaurant he co-owns in Kensington Market, La Palette, will shut its doors for good so that he and his team can concentrate on the Queen West location. Ten years ago, Amlani and his associates applied a… Read more »

Ten signs of the death of the Entertainment District Ten signs of the death of the Entertainment District

The condo invasion is old news to all of Toronto. Except clubland. The point of packing dozens of nightclubs into one area was to contain the noise and stumbling Paris Hilton wannabes, hence the lack of pricey real estate in the Entertainment District. But, as the Toronto Star reports, only about 30 clubs are open… Read more »

Introducing: Crafted by Te Aro. I Deal Coffee gets some competition on Ossington Introducing: Crafted by Te Aro. I Deal Coffee gets some competition on Ossington

Ossington’s nightlife is alive and well, but the strip can be quite dead in daylight hours—there’s I Deal Coffee and, well, not much else. Perhaps that’s why Crafted by Te Aro is full of coffee drinkers and laptops, despite the fact that it’s been open for only a week. The café is essentially Te Aro’s… Read more »

Never there: the adventures of our errant councillors Never there: the adventures of our errant councillors

It might seem that our city councillors would get into less trouble if they’d just stop showing up at work. At least then they wouldn’t get dragged into debates about the proper place of God in this city (oh, wait, that happened anyway). Alas, it turns out that if showing up for your job gets you… Read more »

Lee’s Palace has wrong Google Maps address because it allegedly wants only ... Lee’s Palace has wrong Google Maps address because it allegedly wants only “cool people” there

Most Torontonians know that Lee’s Palace is just east of Bathurst on Bloor, but for out-of-towners, the concert venue is at Bloor and Sherbourne. That’s because the club’s Google Map listing places it at 529 Bloor Street East (rather than West). When Jen, a concert-goer who’d been misled by the map, called Lee’s to inform… Read more »

The Roncesvalles Guide: Our 25 favourite eating and shopping destinations along ... The Roncesvalles Guide: Our 25 favourite eating and shopping destinations along Parkdale’s Polish drag

Referred to as Little Poland by long-time residents and Roncey by the younger crowd, the Roncesvalles strip is one of the few neighbourhoods in the city that has earned its “hip” label without been invaded by raucous nightlifers. Progress keeps marching forward here, despite an ongoing road rehabilitation project that has claimed a few business… Read more »

Ask the expert: one of Toronto’s most popular wedding DJs Ask the expert: one of Toronto’s most popular wedding DJs

Lisa Ng started deejaying weddings in her last year at U of T and found her calling. Now the bubbly audiophile is one of the most popular mix masters on the circuit. Do you ever get guff for being a female DJ? My crew—there are three or four of us—is all women. At some banquet… Read more »

Toronto is now out-partying Montreal Toronto is now out-partying Montreal

After years of being known for its rather conservative party scene, is Toronto finally getting its act together? Resto-lounge mogul Toufik Sarwa says yes; in fact, Toronto now outshines Montreal as the best party city in the country, he tells BlogTO. Ten years ago, I wanted to get the hell out of here. Now you… Read more »

Sunday and Monday, Toronto’s “other weekend,” brings inexpensive booze to ... Sunday and Monday, Toronto’s “other weekend,” brings inexpensive booze to the server set

After settling the tabs of Friday parties, Saturday pub crawls and Sunday brunches, a segment of Toronto gears up to celebrate the “other weekend”—Sunday and Monday. On those evenings, business owners cater to hairstylists, musicians, event planners, promoters, bouncers and other members of the service industry. “They don’t get to experience the weekend nightlife,” Mathew… Read more »

$135 beer, Rolling Stone to open nightclub, guilt-free carbohydrates $135 beer, Rolling Stone to open nightclub, guilt-free carbohydrates

• The folks at Anheuser-Busch really had us going last summer with their “I like getting it in the can” ads. (They were talking about Bud Light Lime–aren’t sexual innuendoes hilarious?) Well, they’re at it again with a new ad set to debut in Canada on Sunday, and this time contraceptives provide the ambiguity: “I… Read more »

Here comes the Rain again: a peek inside Guy and Michael Rubino’s Ame Here comes the Rain again: a peek inside Guy and Michael Rubino’s Ame

After over six months of renovations and about two months of delay, Guy and Michael Rubino’s Rain has been reborn as Ame (Japanese for, what else, “rain”). The brothers are known for frequent reinvention (Zoom, Luce and the reality series Made to Order), and for this latest transformation, they have teamed up with the club… Read more »