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Club and Event Previews and Reviews

Eight Below – March 10, 2006 R.I.P

12 Brant Street (RIP RoxyBlu)


Like other supperclubs/restolounges (do a Google search), don’t expect the relaxed peaceful air of a restaurant, because the restaurant is only a part of the equation. Having scrapped the pretenses of fine dining, the “restolounge” crowd is intent on seeing and being seen.

Hingson Entertainment owns Eight Resto Lounge (upstairs), and Eight Below. At Eight you can dine, then listen to ambient house music while get sloshed in the back lounge with other upscale folks, and on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays go downstairs to the nightclub area called Eight Below. You don’t have to leave the building proper to have it all.

Let’s focus on Eight Below. We visited EB on a Friday night in early February. We walked through the same large, but renovated doors that used to be the entrance to RoxyBlu, but the nostalgia stops there. There is nothing about EB that resembles the former haunt. We made our way downstairs and could not help but take note of all aspects of the decor, even in the dim lighting. The decor was reminiscent of a upscale cigar lounge such as “Houstons” (lot’s of dark wood), meets “Amber” (basement with low ceiling), meets Ultra (expensive, elicit feel, and dark hardwood floors). The “L” shape of the club was interesting as was the various “VIP” areas. However, I felt as though the place was not really finished being put together.

Apart from a sexy looking place, with luxurious touches, there was not that much to EB. At least not at the moment. The sound system was terrible! The speakers that were away from the “dance floor” were sub par, and the speakers in the dance floor area did not have enough highs, mids, or bass for the sweet house music that the DJ was spinning. Some of the crowd came to dance so they were undaunted by the acoustics. There were plenty of plush, comfortable seating to watch the dancers, but all seats were at a premium and it was first come, first serve.

We sat with our backs to the where the washroom area was set up. However, an hour into us being in EB, we began smelling the repulsive sewage and waste emanating from an private, open door in the back of the washrooms. I was on the dance floor near the DJ booth, and asked him how he could work with that odour (that apparently got worse with every flush), and incredibly he said he hadn’t noticed. Believe me, we noticed, and so did a few of the the die hard whirling dervishes as well, because we all ended up vacating EB at the same time.

I hope the managers of EB will get this space’s act and…smell together soon, because we do like the club overall, and see huge potential.

Scale of 0-10 (10 being the best)
Music – 81/2 People – 7 Ambiance – 61/2 Love factor – 5

March 10, 2006 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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