May 11, 2018
This cool subterranean nightclub bar is a cult spot for those in the know. Located in an old parking garage, it’s a two-room space with a main basement room with a centrepiece bar focused on dancing and a second, smaller room furnished with deep red walls and soft couches devoted to lounging. Either room is good though, with a bar in each serving nicely-priced cocktails mixed by friendly staff who look as if they could mix martinis with their eyes closed, and who tend to pour with a liberal hand. There’s a reasonable though not extensive selection of beers and wines on offer, too. Cartoon murals of MJQ regulars add to the down-home local feel, although you are not going to find Cliffie or Norm spluttering into their warm ale here: it’s very much a little known cult hangout. Music runs from house to hip hop and reggae to drum ‘n’ bass with some old school tunes thrown in and the atmosphere is lively and hopping it gets pretty packed out at weekends and it’s not a great space for the claustrophobic, as it can get a little stuffy when the space fills up, though for others that’s part of the fun. Note there’s a cash only bar (though there’s an ATM on site) so be sure to bring your dollars. The wall space is often used for art exhibitions, adding to the cultural vibe. The crowd tends to be youngish (20s-30s) and unpretentious, here to have a good time rather than preen and pout, which makes for a laid back and welcoming night out.