Hardworking young professionals with money to spare… listen up. Making the most of your scarce free time by joining a private members’ club may be the best move you can make. A venerable home away from home complete with expertly stocked bars, pantries and well-connected, interesting people – all in plush, posh surroundings – private clubs are worth their weight in gold. Here’s a list of Toronto’s best…
Bishop’s Building 192 Adelaide Street West M5H 0A4
The new kid on the block really is all it’s cracked up to be. A traditional-style exclusive club with a modern-day twist, it’s a home away from home for its patrons (those in the film, media, creative industries and beyond). Bringing forward-thinking, like-minded people together amidst plush upholstery, rich mahogany, a carefully curated art collection, it regularly boasts live music by the hottest indie performers across the globe, exclusive member events, and more. Complete with two bars, a “library” and a restaurant, the 10,000 square foot space manages to exude a cozy, intimate feel.
The Spoke Club
600 King Street West M5V 1M3
Flaunting four floors of amazingness (including lounge, library, gallery, dining room and ravishing rooftop) it’s no wonder this place won the Best Bar None Ontario award for Best Members Club this year. Catering to those with an interest in media, entertainment and the arts, it regularly hosts enlightening, enriching book launches, patio parties, creative coaching seminars and more. With loads of natural light, work and lounge spaces and hardwood floors, it’s the perfect hideaway… right in the heart of the city.
Toronto Temperance Society
577A College Street
A little oasis in a sea of bad bars, this club has Toronto’s world-class selection of fine spirits and cocktails. A haven for those who like to drink high quality beverages “with other civilized adults,” this is the obvious choicer for cultured, well-mannered ladies and gents. A large majority of magical concoctions on the menu have been adapted from recipes that go back a hundred years or more, from all around the globe. A history lesson in a glass, amidst fine fellows, this high-end hangout is quite the gem.
111 Queen Street East
Alright, this one’s just for the ladies out there. Verity is a women-only private members’ club that’s currently riding high on its 10-year anniversary. With a focus on building community and networking, and some chic digs for the chic woman, Verity is veritably a Toronto club for the discerning dame. Private gym, indoor pool, sauna, and events await the card-carrying member.