In the working world, Wednesday is often referred to as Hump Day, because a lot of 9-5ers view it as a hill, or “hump” that needs to be climbed in order to make it to Thursday, which is the day before Friday, which is the everybody’s favourite day of the week. But when we here at VTV hear the words “hump” and “day” next to one another, we can’t help but channel our 17-year-old selves, and deduce that Wednesdays are meant for well, humping. Here, the 5 best spots in the city to find someone in the city who agrees with us…
If its name is to be believed, then this brand new Dundas West boite is the spot for worker bees looking to abandon their midweek inhibitions. Owners Byron Dill and Forrest Kendlbacher have perfected the of-the-moment, dimly-lit, clandestine speakeasy vibe, which means that if your boss is sitting in the spacious booth behind you, also indulging in one of the many artisanal cocktails, don’t worry, he (or she!) won’t see you either.
The Bay Street crowd is perennially thirsty for a new luxe spot to blow their bonuses on elixirs, especially after the untimely death of the always-packed South of Temperance. Look for Steven Salm’s long-awaited penthouse resto The Chase – perched atop the Financial District’s Dineen building – to fill that void with a never-ending wine list curated by star sommelier Anton Potvin, and a spacious 75-seat rooftop patio that’s tailor-made for after-work boozing and canoodling.
Thanks to the efforts of their inconspicuous head chef Chris Kalisperas, this sophisticated haunt has built a reputation as one of the city’s best under-the-radar restaurants. But come Wednesday night, Brassaii’s recently-renovated courtyard patio becomes the meat market we expect, always teeming with the models and bottles that made it one of King West’s original pick-up joints.
What better way to help you decide whether or not you should take someone home than seeing if they can hit the high note in Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.” Well, every Wednesday at this subterranean Dundas West enclave, a singalong night dubbed “Liquid Karaoke” allows you to do just that. The expansive songbook can also do double duty as some not-so-subtle foreplay. Hint: sing Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer” (which begins with the raunchy line “I wanna f*ck you like an animal”) to boldly declare your intentions for the evening.
Le Petit Castor
Tranquil Rosedale may not be the first nabe one thinks of when looking to hook up, but this cozy gastropub has embraced its reputation as one of the city’s most notorious pick up spots, especially mid-week, when suits and skirts clamor the bar looking for potential partners to help them release some stress. Also, according to a recent report by National Geographic, LPC, as it’s lovingly referred to by regulars, is inexplicable overrun by “cougars” on Wednesday nights. We’re not sure if they’re referring to the ferocious felines, or to aggressive MILFs, so please, find out for yourself and let us know. Thanks!