Nightclubs are perfect for taking event-o-meters from ho-hum to epic! With venue cred that instantly registers cool with the under-40 crowd, clubs straddle the versatility of a concert or entertainment hall with lounge and bar capabilities.
Here’s a look at a few of the city’s newest nightclubs:
The Space: With A Clockwork Orange-inspired mannequins and Warhol-esque pop art, bold paintings and murals shaping its interior design, Product Nightclub is filled with unique eye-candy. Reflective tiles bejewel the centre stage DJ booth, an area that can expand for additional staging needs. Upstairs is Barcode, with a loft-like feel, an eight-foot chandelier and ornate fireplace that are throwbacks to the circa 1936 building’s historical originations. The main-level club holds 800 while the Barcode lounge fits 400.
The Vibe: Eclectic, art gallery-esque
Event FX: Book out either level separately or together. Under ownership by INK Entertainment’s club impresario Charles Khabouth means you’re in event-savvy hands.
The Space: The Everleigh is not your typical dance club. Fashioned after an early 1900s brothel, the setting shows off bordello-like antiques and exotic textile flourishes, such as Oriental carpets, against a framework of gorgeous woodwork – floors, walls and pillars. Throw in colourful graffiti on the exposed brick wall above the bar in the front-of-house dance area plus a flock of ceiling geese beckoning from the back lounge. The Alec Monopoly art on the walls is impressive. The space fits a maximum of 480.
The Vibe: Muskoka chic meets street party fun
Event FX: Remote-control blinds easily divide the space in two for simultaneous private events or breakout rooms. A 100-seat patio steps up for event duty call as soon as warm weather hits.
A Retro Touch
The Space: Dark wood and rows of bare lightbulbs and small globe fixtures give EFS – which means Everything’s For Sale — a theatre marquee effect. The main level accommodates 600 with a large bar near the entrance and two smaller satellite bars. Vintage posters of pinup models and advertisements add a playful touch. Use an elevated section for VIP seating or stage. In summer, a gorgeous rooftop patio is available for 300 guests with cabana booths, a private bar and DJ booth.
The Vibe: Upscale speakeasy
Event FX: Booth seating is easily reconfigured for different traffic flow patterns and event layout. A sister venue of Bloke & 4th, a popular resto-lounge a few blocks away, means there’s a in-house connection to some very decent catering.
The Space: Holding 300 – intimate by club standards – Ace is one of the city’s newest nightclubs, opening just last month. Eight VIP booths with silver couches line the room perimeter, the largest fitting up to 25, the smallest, 10. Chandeliers and floor-to-ceiling antique mirrors are lavish touches. Bottles of champagne Armand de Brignac – more commonly known as Ace of Spades – line the top of the long white granite bar.
The Vibe: High-energy, fashionable and professional
Event FX: The venue is a perfect opportunity to play up the club’s high-rolling setting with a hip take on a Vegas casino.
The Space: At Aria Entertainment Complex, four floors, each with their own separate entrance and distinct personality, give planners the choice of mixing and matching settings. With a capacity for 650, Aria is the venue’s main level anchor with tiered sections that work well for different event staging. Layer in a lounge setting for 250 with the second-floor Vanity Room. Haze (Capacity: 450) on level three lends itself well to presentation seating and sit-down dining. Crowning the complex is the Pure Patio Club where up to 450 can take in the city skyline.
The Vibe: Dynamic, stylishly sleek
Event FX: There’s no denying the multi-functional draw of a venue that can host simultaneous private events in such different settings. Consider a teambuilding event on the rooftop patio, which has a handy mechanical roof in case of inclement weather.