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Lobby – April 12th, 2008

192 Bloor Street West

www.lobbyrestaurant.com

The night started off really slow at Lobby. We arrived at 2130hrs, and placed ourselves at a booth across from the bar. The four of us ordered some drinks ($9.00 for a rum and coke) from the bar and took it back to our table. We also ordered some food. After my friend was in the middle of her meal, we were told by a server that the table was reserved for bottle service and that we would have to eat at the bar. There was no reservation sign on the table when we sat down, however apparently it is Lobby’s policy to NOT to place reservation signs on tables, but to kick people out if a $$$ making bottle reservations comes along. After some diplomatic protest on our part we were allowed to finish our meals at the very last table booth in the back, where a constant stream of servers kept coming in and out of the kitchen. Regarding the food, I will say that the giant scampi of which there were three, and my garden salad were delicious, and cost $35.00.

Our mood undeterred, we left the booth after eating and went back to the main room, and hung out first by the main bar, and then by the DJ booth. This was a night of Old School (80’s) R&B, new R&B, and hip-hop. Since Lobby’s website does not advertise their weekly DJ line up, we had no idea who Mr. DJ was, but he was spinning some really good tunes. The sound system was fine for Lobby’s small, elongated environment. The crowd seemed to appear out of nowhere by 2300hrs, and the place was packed at midnight. We had to make our way past the ad hoc VIP area, to the less crowded front to dance, and to order a now $12.00 Appleton’s Premium rum and coke. Oh, well it beat waiting 10 minutes to get a drink at the now ram packed main bar. To touch on the VIP area, it can almost be missed if you are walking fast enough and don’t turn your head. Mainly attractive young, model type females, and short and/or old men in tight suits or other unsuitable clothing.

Now the washroom scene was silly. There is always a line up for the unisex stalls. Men and women converge in a line to use the esoteric facilities which are kept neat by an attendant. If you are single, it can be a great pick up spot. Otherwise it really sucks. Not only that, when you see the total waste of space in the downstairs “lounge” it makes one wonder why Lobby does not expand the inadequate lavatory set up.

We really like Lobby as just a restaurant, and we didn’t let the initial unpleasantnesses of the evening get the better of us. We also like it as a club hang out on a Wednesday with Kleen Media. However, now in a pinch a Saturday will do. Just be warned, some of the Saturday crowd needs to learn to loosen up their purse strings, come prepared to dance and socialize, and lose a few pounds if you can’t stay in your too-tight stiletto’s all night. You know who you are!

Scale of 0-10 (10 being the best)
Music – 9 People – 71/2 Ambiance – 71/2 Love factor – 61/2

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April 14, 2008 Posted by | Clubs, Restaurant, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews | , , , | Leave a comment

Amber Bar – Dec 31, 2005

Amber Bar – Dec 31, 2005

119 Yorkville Ave

I’ve been to Amber several times in the summer of 2005 and I’ve always had an interesting time. The main room is smallish and located downstairs . One travels down a narrower room and bypasses the washrooms to then go upstairs to the heated patio. The patio is very nice in the summer, but here I was on New Years Eve for a free party.

We arrived at Amber at 0100hrs after taking our time and missing the revelry at midnight. No big deal. The crowd was in full swing with the resident DJ serving up some really good mixes of R&B.

Let’s talk about the crowd for a minute. I’ve always been a people watcher, and Amber has some of the most interesting people you will ever see anywhere. The very old mixes with the apparently very young. What they all have in common is the aura of money emanating from their every pore. Designer wear is everywhere, yet people are careless about where they throw their mink coats, and and Luis Vuitton purses. Men in pinstriped suits with cigarette pant tailoring. Russian fur hats with designer dresses and six inch leather, fur, AND suede trimmed boots. Platinum and gold jewelery gleaming in the lighting. Expensive drinks and bottles of champagne piling up on tables. The room was kind of cliquish however, with those who knew each other keeping to themselves. But what to expect from a Yorkville crowd?

As the liquor flowed, and the dancing continued so did the number of items I kept finding on the floor. Wallets, silk scarves, bracelets, cell phones, PDA’s, furs. I found several items left behind in bathroom stalls. One of my friends who I met up with, unknowingly lost or misplaced her cell phone 3 times and I returned it to her with much ado each time. It became a game to my friend and I to see who could find the most stuff. We returned them all periodically after asking around the room, and were rewarded with drinks and thank yous from the intoxicated recipients.

Back to the music. Liberating. The DJ’s cache included music from every decade back to the 70’s, and he mixed it all in well. One could not help but to either get up and dance or to keep dancing, including my friend and I.

And dancing the revelers did. We left Amber with the party still going strong at 0400hrs. Strangely, on our way out everyone seemed to ask the same question, “oh are you leaving?”.

Apparently there would no longer be anyone around who cared enough to make sure they didn’t leave anything behind… *smile*.

Scale of 0-10 (10 being the best)
Music – 91/2 People – 8 Ambiance – 8 Love factor -7

December 31, 2006 Posted by | Clubs, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment