|Getting There |||Osgood Subway|
|Cross Street |||Richmond Street and Duncan Street|
Profile Last Updated: May 01, 2009
A smaller club in the heart of Toronto’s clubland, Opium straddles both the mainstream and underground scenes. One evening will feature techno or drums and bass, for example, while others play the usual mix of top 40s. The look is warm and subdued, with lots of red light and bamboo accents mixed with industrial touches (exposed pipe and brick walls). There are plenty of booths for lounging, but a fair amount of space is devoted to the dance floor.
Most recently known as the “222 Bistro”, other incarnations of Opium Lounge included “Ice” and “Lovesexy” before that. Unlike its previous embodiment, which included a substantial restaurant, Opium is exclusively a nightclub. Mixed drinks are reasonably priced, with several feature evenings allowing $3 beverages all night long. Cover ranges from $5-10, sometimes more for special events.
Dancing in the Moonlight
Opium features an opulent rooftop patio, the star attraction of the Lounge. Opened to the moon and constellations during balmy summer nights, expect this section to be packed when the weather is right. It’s even popular in the icy winter, as the transparent ceiling cover still gives ample viewing of the impressive midnight cosmos. The bustling club nights include Fantasy Fridays, Twisted Tuesdays, and Baseline Summer Jams other days of the week during the warmer season.