The one part of Toronto's scene we're always extra pumped for is, of course, the bars/lounges/clubs off-shoot. Sure, there's a pantheon of choices lining our streets, but whenever a new haunt opens up or favourite joint undergoes renos, we're always there to check it out. Like Parlour, a new speakeasy-esque lounge at 270 Adelaide Street.
The semi-underground space is decked out in 20s and 30s inspired decor: lush red and pink velvet chaises and loveseats, opulent chandeliers, a rich reclaimed wood bar, a golden megaphone. All the elements were selected to convey a vintage feel; a stylized theme.
Parlour isn't a massive new club. On the contrary, its capacity of 120 (and an additional 30-seat patio in the back) is perfect for the 25+ chic and swanky crowd it has already started to attract but a few weeks into its tenure. General Manager Rebecca Andersen calls Parlour “a mecca for socialites. Embracing style, music, art and fashion in an impressive heritage building, Parlour is a destination for those seeking refuge from the main.”
Parlour's martini list is small bust sophisticated with offerings like the Chocolate Manhattan – Canadian Club Reserve, Godiva chocolate liqueur, orange bitters, and Parlour's own brandied cherries – and the Lemon Mint – Belvedere Vodka, fresh mint leaves, lemon, and roasted pepper with a sugar rim. As Rebecca says, “Parlour teases the senses with a lavish and mature wine and cocktail menu.”
Not surprisingly, Parlour's style code speaks to a chic night out; while there aren't necessarily “rules” for dress, the vibe would suggest sophisticated duds over the standard club-wear. The venue is open Wednesday through Friday from 7pm until last call, and Saturday starting at 9pm. Parlour also has table reservations for bottle service (you can call 416-400-8099 to reserve) and is available for private bookings (perhaps for that upcoming Dirty 30 birthday of yours?)
With many venues and clubs embracing a raw, industrial feel – which we love, don't get us wrong – it's nice to see a spot like Parlour open up and embrace something a little more indulgent. With rotating DJs, a cool and swanky vibe, and premium cocktails to boot, Parlour is most definitely a new destination worthy of note. Parlour, 270 Adelaide Street, Toronto.