In Toronto, it seems that everything hip migrates west. The latest example: Dolce Social Ballroom, which slings up a velvet rope along the increasingly trendy strip of King Street between Bathurst and Spadina. However, unlike neighbouring resto-lounge-club hybrids (especially those in the downtown clubbing district), this venue caters exclusively to a mature crowd—think late-20s and older—that seeks high-end glamour and is willing to pay for it.
The result of an ambitious collaboration between 28-year-old nightlife impresario Travis Agresti and Charles Doell of California-based design firm Mr. Important, the stylish space features gold-plated pillars, sumptuously textured walls and glowing origami lanterns suspended from the ceiling. Those looking for a seriously swank night out can reserve a private booth in the multi-tiered seating area, where the VIP experience comes complete with a personal hostess for the table and such up-market finger foods as gourmet grilled-cheese sandwiches and gold-leaf chocolate cupcakes.
Inspired by Las Vegas’s renowned night spots, Agresti describes his new multi-million dollar venture as “a luxurious playground for adults,” a destination spot where party-loving professionals can let loose to the eclectic sounds of classic rock, house music and live special-guest DJs. Dress to impress as a fashionably chic style code is in effect.Thu.-Sat. (Fri.: Ladies only before midnight). Cover $20. 647 King St. W., 416-361-9111.