It’s natural to have the urge to roll onto your couch and binge-watch Netflix after an appetizing and filling meal. However, following dinner and drinks at one of Toronto’s supper clubs you’ll instead find yourself on the dance floor or lounge engaged in deep conversation without, you know, having to scream over the sound system.
Supper clubs are exactly what the name suggests, an upscale restaurant that later turns into a nightclub. These one-stop destinations offer a lavish meal, an extensive drink menu, and entertainment that last well into the evening. While downtown Toronto has more than enough bars and lounges to experience, supper clubs tend to attract a more trendy and mature crowd while providing an intimate setting.
These seven Toronto supper clubs stand apart from the pack for their quality of food and drink menus, after-work specials, ambience, service, the type of crowd, and overall nightlife experience. Of course, this is just a handful of them so be sure to view the complete listing of supper clubs in Toronto for more options.
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Step outside of your comfort zone and forgo the DJs that swear by Top 40 mixes because when was the last time you went salsa dancing? Hmm? Babaluu Supperclub is located in central downtown Toronto and offers a distinct dinner and dancing experience for a date night or a casual outing with a group of friends. Don’t panic if you have zero Latin flair though. The crowd is typically a mixture of expert salsa dancers and beginners looking on in awe. And if you want to kick it up a notch, Babaluu also offers dance lessons on Wednesday nights. There’s usually a cover charge on the weekends but it’s waived for ladies before 11pm.
Brassaii Restaurant and Lounge is mildly ambiguous – is it an upscale restaurant or a trendy King West nightclub? Well, it’s a little bit of column A and a little bit of column B. The mature and sophisticated atmosphere of Brassaii is a change up from the club scene of other establishments populating King West. The Mediterranean-inspired menu includes local and fresh ingredients with bread and pasta being made in-house daily. Service is always helpful, polite and food is usually served in a timely manner. Brassaii also does a fantastic job of maintaining a lounge ambience at the back even after the dance floor opens up. However, expect lineups in the summer as this location is outfitted with an incredible patio.
“Born of the simple notion that food and entertainment can go hand in hand.” Buonanotte originates from Montreal and continues to offer a memorable Italian culinary experience while being a prominent nightlife figure. Located in the Entertainment District, the interior is both spacious and modern with a distinguished gold squared ceiling, which translates surprisingly well in person. The wait staff is friendly and attentive however, food times aren’t always the quickest. But if you’re in no hurry and the conversation is flowing then you’ll barely notice the delay. The evening starts to heat up after 10pm, and while Buonanotte boasts having the best pizza in Toronto, we’ll leave that up to you to decide.
Queen West has been going through a sort of redevelopment over the past several years. That’s why it’s no surprise when the church located at the corner of Dovercourt underwent a much-needed conversion into a restaurant and bar. A little less religion and a little more braised octopus, please and thank you. Church Aperitivo Bar features a fresh Italian menu with zero pizza selection. So you know, take that however you want to. Yet, the menu really can’t be hated on especially when there are complimentary appetizers from 5pm – 7pm every Tuesday-Friday. There’s also BYOW (Bring Your Own Wine) every Tuesday with a $5 corkage charge and bottles service is available on the weekends.
We’ve covered Italian, Mediterranean, and Latin. Now onto the Russian-inspired atmosphere of Pravda Vodka House located in St. Lawrence. If you favour after-work cocktails (happy hour is from 4pm – 7pm every Monday – Friday) over a cold craft beer in Toronto then the vast selection of vodka at Pravda is sure to impress and indulge your taste buds, especially a Bolshevik Blueberry Muffin martini. The ambiance, décor (which is communist-themed by the way…) and prime location make Pravda the ideal lounge for a mature crowd of 9-5ers. In terms of dining, there’s a great selection of sharing boards that serve groups of eight to 10 people. From Wednesday – Saturday there’s typically live musicians in the evening as well.
One word: bathrooms. Located in the Fashion District, Spice Route has one of the most raved about washrooms in the city. I’m not even kidding. Of course, there’s also the impeccable Asian-infused menu and décor, the $24 all-you-can-eat special every Sunday, delicious cocktails, and the amazing patio that’s best enjoyed with a pitcher of sangria. The ambiance for dinner is quite relaxed while service is friendly and unpretentious. However, be warned that Thursday night service is usually slower than other nights because of the $1 sushi special, but it’s definitely worth the wait. Saturday nights see a large crowd in the restaurant and lounge so make sure to arrive early for dinner and stay for the music. And seriously, those washrooms.
In the heart of the downtown core is Rosewater, a casual and intimate supper club with interior details that would make for an ideal wedding arrangement. That is of course, if you’re in the market for such a thing. Now the menu is decadent and caters to a variety of preferences, but it isn’t groundbreaking. On the other hand, the wine menu is extensive and the space truly commands attention – the historic building after all dates back to the 1850s. During Toronto’s Summer/Winterlicious, Rosewater is one of the many restaurants that should be on your list of “must reserve.” Tuesdays and Thursdays also feature after work specials from 5pm – 8pm on classic cocktails, select wines, and draft beers.
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