While the louts in the restaurant industry are busy slaving away night in and night out for the benefit of the 9-5ers, there are those rare opportunities that even the late night delivery guys and dish pit divers get to let loose. Here’s a little roundup of a few fantastic industry nights in Toronto for those in the service industry. Let someone else take care of you for a change…
&Company Resto Bar
When: Long Weekend Sundays; Dinner at 4pm | Dancing at 10pm
Where: 295 Enfield Place, Mississauga
Prepare for your morals to be 86’d at Mississauga’s premiere industry nights on long weekends. The dinner and drinks start early and the dancing and spinning go until late! Get your reservations in early, as this is a guestlist only affair. (Call 905.808.2112, or email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Restrictions: Ladies 21+, Gents 23+
When: Sundays; 8pm-2am
Where: 145 John St.
With two expansive floors that accommodate up to 900 guests, this place rocks on Sundays as you roll 10-pounders down their bowling lanes or catch the game at the official Molson Canadian Hockey House.
When: The last Monday of each month
Where: 50c Clinton St.
Tucked away just off College Street, Acadia offers up a half price 5-course menu (only $35) for all cooks, cocktailers, proprietors and purveyors. Spots fill up quickly, so book in advance. (Call 416.792.6002.)
Jack Astors on Front West
Where: 144 West Front St.
Saunter in on a Sunday night for Molson draughts, bar rails and Ketel One martinis for an amazing price. Treat your ears to the live DJ and check-in on Foursquare to treat your wallet with 15% off after 9pm.
When: Mondays; Dinner at 5:30pm | DJ set at 9pm
Where: 1111 Queen St. E.
Every Monday, Ascari Enoteca throws down with Industry Night in the East. Fresh made pasta, great tunes, and half price bottles of wine make this one of the best deals for the poor server this side of the DVP! (Reservations can be made by calling 416.792.4157.)
Bier Markt King West Lounge
When: Mondays at 9pm
Where: 600 King St. W.
Bier Market is “keeping in Dutch with Ze Times”, hosting a no-cover romp for 400 of your closest kitchen compadres, complete with their massive selection of craft and import beers and live music.
Vic Public House
When: Mondays at 11pm
Where: 580 Church St.
FML Mondays at The Vic may make you hate your life a little less. With free pool, $3 Jager shots, $4.50 bar rail, no cover and $100 bottle service, you’ll be content with the status quo… at least until Tuesday’s hangover. (For bottle service reservations call 416.944.9888.)
When: Mondays at 10pm
Where: 550 Wellington St. W.
Try not to scuff up your Allen Edmonds or break the heal off your Guiseppi Zanotti’s as you get blackout on Blacklist Mondays at the swanky Thompson Hotel 1812 Lounge. They’ll be spinning house, hip-hop and R&B well into the morning! (For guestlist reservations, email email@example.com.)
The Office Pub
When: Mondays at 8pm
Where: 117 John St.
Laughing at The Office is Toronto’s only industry comedy night. The show is free for all the fishmongers and foodies to enjoy, plus there are drink and food specials on all night! (Call 416.977.1900 for reservations.)
Bloke & 4th
Where: 401 King St. W.
Industry nights at Bloke & 4th are SWANK. The boisterous, show-off-your-shit spot on King West serves supper from 6-10pm, and then offers up guestlist and bottle service from 11pm onwards. (Reserve dinner by calling 416.477.1490, bottle service either by calling 416.898.0921 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.)