- FLUID – 217 Richmond W 1995-2009
One of the first major hotspots in the city, it had its run as Stilife and sold in 1995 by Charles Khabouth. Now called Fluid, many industry legends got their start at Fluid. 5 distinct nights every week were packed constantly for the 14 years it was open.
- MEOW – 1926 Lakeshore Blvd. Although Meow was only open for twenty months, it was around long enough to make an impact in the Toronto nightlife community. Meow operated with two floors and had the biggest mirrored disco ball in the Canada. “Platinum Fridays” and “Purr Saturdays” had girls literally swinging from swings attached to the ceiling. They had a free buffet as you entered the club with wings, pasta, veals you name it. The city tried and tried and finally forced them to shut their doors on February 5, 2001.
- GUVERNMENT – 17 years, Closed January 2015 132 Queens Quay East, was Toronto Toronto’s largest nightclub at over 22,000 square feet. The Guvernment was an eight-room complex with twenty-foot-high ceilings. The 3,500 capacity club featured a custom-made sound system and large LED screens in its Main Room. Among the notable rooms was the rooftop patio Skybar, which offers a panoramic view of Lake Ontario and the 2nd floor space called The Drink.
- CLUB 108 – 1325 Eglinton Ave E, Mississauga. Had its run from 1996 to 2004. Toronto club kids would pile into their cars and drive to Mississauga for a wild night out.
- PALAZZO – Between the original location on the Airport strip, and the relocation to Jane and Highway 7, the name Palazzo meaning ‘Palace’ in Italian, it fit up to 3,000 people, and open from Thursday to Saturday, Palazzo was known as the Woodbridge ‘hot spot’. Full of the staple ginas and ginos, it was definitely the go-to place for dance music.
Honorable mention goes to INDUSTRY, LIMELIGHT, GOGO’S, JOKER, CLUB ENERGY, This Is London, Lot 332, Inside, Republik, G-Spot, Orchid, Stilife, Maison, XIT, Hotel, Casino.
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