The club district in Toronto isn’t hard to miss- the hordes of drunken students marching down King Street West aren’t exactly discreet. You’d do well to avoid this strip entirely on a Saturday night. But one block south is a spot which brings me back. Leave it to a house party to arouse my clubbing interests once again.
The Addisons Residence is designed as a plush Los Angeles house. There’s a kitchen, living room and game room, complete with mid-century modern furniture and stacks of dishes in the china cabinets. At 20:00, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve intruded upon someone’s private home, but by 01:00, it becomes one of the hottest parties in town.
The beauty of the Addisons is that it fuses the best of a house party with a club. There’s the intimacy of a party- for example, you can sit around the kitchen table and play Scrabble- but there’s also a full-service bar and a DJ spinning 90s hip-hop. Around midnight, the attractive wait-staff serve up a pizza delivery, which you can eat while playing foosball as if you’re in your high school buddy’s rec-room. Totally rad.
The hip, beautiful crowd trends slightly to the younger patron, but on all occasions I’ve been, a healthy dose of 30-somethings were not out of place. Hot tip- come around 22:00 to avoid a line, have a drink (and the place to yourself) and by midnight, it’ll be bumpin’.