TORONTO / Apartment 200
We were in the mood for a bar that felt like hanging out at home -- except that it would not actually be like hanging out at home. Luckily we found Apartment 200. Bearing the same name as the ultra hip residence-lounge-club in Montreal, TO's version inhabits the former Wicked bar which was a long-time fixture of the Queen West scene.
After climbing a graffitied staircase, you arrive at an open loft space with exposed brick walls, vintage sofas, gilt mirrors, high-top tables, a pool table, and a large central bar. The graffiti theme reappears in the bathroom, giving you lots of stuff to read. You then proceed to a living room section in the back that, as it turns out, transforms into a bottle-service area during the later hours, with a full DJ table and a sexy crowd that happily grinds away until it's time to go home. Luckily after 10pm, a grilled-cheese bar opens up in the front to keep that blood alcohol level in check.
1034 Queen Street West
Hours: 7pm - 2.30am