50 Reasons to Love Toronto: No.30, There’s a hidden watering hole called Goodnight in an alley at Richmond and Spadina
The first rule of Goodnight is: don’t talk about Goodnight. The hidden watering hole, located behind a buzzer-access metal door at the end of a dark, graffiti-covered alley at Richmond and Spadina, opened last September, just in time to be Harvey Weinstein’s unofficial TIFF clubhouse. To a certain nightlife species—people who experience a frisson entering a bar with a strict reservations-only policy—Goodnight is proof that Toronto has arrived. The list of regulars includes erstwhile politicas like Belinda Stronach (who often stops in with her boyfriend, Harbord Room chef Corey Vitiello), indie darlings like Metric’s Emily Haines, and professional partiers like Ashleigh Dempster, the co-founder of social climbers’ club The Society (she’s also married to Matt George, one of Goodnight’s owners). Once you get past the door, it’s remarkably cool. Imagine a pub designed by Wallpaper magazine: the raw wood bar is supported by metal radiators; a wooden staircase leads nowhere; vintage posters of Communist leaders and sewing patterns line the walls. And a list of potent concoctions like the Fat Sailor (three types of rum and Tia Maria) and the Bunny Hug (equal parts Canadian Club, gin and absinthe) puts even the most aloof A-lister in a frisky, feel-good mood.
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Almost $20 for a cocktail. Blah. I had a good Manhattan but not great. It wasn’t done how I requested but I’m easy. But for almost $20, I’d think that they would get it right.
Friendly service though. The bartenders were always on their phones.
Wouldn’t let me in even though I already had friends in there who had a reservation. I gave a full name. They had to bother the table and get my buddy to come out to verify that I was legit. Come on.
Then when I get in, it was empty except for one other table of 4. I just assumed it was at capacity.
No other people came in all night and it was a Friday night.
It’s a neat space but I mean… Why all the secrets?
Ionno, they need to up the ante like the many NYC secret/invite-only watering holes I’ve been to with incredible bartenders. I’d never go back again as there are so many other options and boozecans.
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