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Andy Poolhall

Photo: Eugen Sakhenko

Posted by Eugen Sakhenko / May 31, 2009

Michael, the owner of Andy Poolhall, boasts that they had one of the first gay-friendly nights off the Church St. strip (at what used to be Ciao Edie's) in the city. Ciao Edie's, it's former next door sister bar, had one of the longest running girl nights, Here Kitty Kitty (1997-2007) in the city for sure. Sunday's at Ciao's was the only night I can remember where boys needed a female escort to get it.

The name Andy Poolhall is a play on Andy Warhol's name, and I can only assume that Ciao Edie was referring to Edie Sedgwick, Warhol's muse who basically invented black leggings after making black tights and long shirts (worn as dresses) her staple look.

Situated at the corner of Markham and College St., it doesn't look like much from the outside, the incognito doorway certainly doesn't do justice to it's true size either. Upon entering, the space is one giant square with a four-way, square bar in the middle as the centre piece of the room. A team of bartenders, enclosed in the bar can cater to all four facets of the room easily with this setup.

The room is split into a few different spaces; lounge chairs and tables at the front and to the left of the bar provide a great space to sit and chat with friends, the pool tables at the back are well-maintained and attract people in right away. On the right of the bar is the dance floor and DJ booth. With this set up the dance floor can be rammed while still allowing plenty of room to lounge or get in a game of pool at any point in the night.

The decor is kitsch meets pool hall, a modern take on 60s modernism, packed with character. The best nights to go are Fridays for Denise Benson's open format night, Synchro and any night during the week for a more down tempo, retro vibe. Saturdays play host to one-off's and monthly parties that get real full real fast. In the past two years, Andy Poolhall and Ciao Edie's have become one and they now use the Ciao entrance to feed people into the space. The last time I was at monthly, Cherry Bomb, it was just after 11PM with a line up almost all the way down the block, and people were literally pouring in from the entrance.

Writing by Anna Von Frances

Additional Details

Beers on Tap:
Amsterdam Blond, Amsterdam Dutch Amber
Signature Drink:
Pomegranate Martini
Bar Snacks:
Mini Pizzas, Nachos, Wings, Mesquite Chicken Quesadilla and an antipasta plate
Patio:
Yes
Music/Genre:
DJs playing house, electro, 80s retro, pop and anything fun to bop too
Live Music:
No
Who Goes There:
People escaping Queen St. on the weekend, some College St. tourists, artists, gays, and lots of girls
Hours:
Mon: 6PM-2:45AM, Tues-Sat: 7PM-2:45AM Closed on Sundays

Discussion

8 Comments

michael sweenie / July 12, 2009 at 9:52 AM
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Hello Although we do have a diverse crowd at all times our specific gaycentric night is for the ladies and their pals every second last Saturday of the month. The night is called "Cherry Bomb" and gets packed early and is hot hot hot!!!!! Michael Andy Poolhall

Patricia Sweenie / May 6, 2010 at 12:06 AM
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Hey Micheal,
So proud of you, your club sounds and looks awesome.
Haven't heard much from you. Your dad George (Uncle) sent
me this link. WOW is about it.
I would love to come down one night and see you and your club.
Just really would like to spend some time chatting.
Remember going to the cottage with Granny??
That kind of chat.
Love ya
So good to hear that your well and doing great.
Love Patsy

c / August 24, 2010 at 3:46 AM
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One of the bartenders tried to pocket my $10 bill when giving me change. I yelled "Excuse me!" after her and she immediately took it out of the cash register and gave it back to me. No surprise at her actions at all.

michael / November 4, 2010 at 6:34 PM
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RE-C so this bartender "tried To Pocket " Your $10 bill but she "Took It Out of The CASH REGISTER " to give it right back to you?? Hmmm Our Bartenders keep their tips separate from the Cash Register so if she was Trying to pocket it she would not have put it into the cash register in the first place- Our Bar gets very busy and our bartenders make great money and have been with us for up to 10 years or more- I do not believe she was out to take your $10

PSB / November 1, 2012 at 2:44 PM
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From the pics, it reminds me of a cool hotel/hostel in Amsterdam where people enjoy joints and pints. Look forward to visiting.

Marie / April 23, 2013 at 11:28 AM
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Staff and Owner are rude. Very little customer service provided when complaints are made. Door staff very pompous and sexist. Spend your money elsewhere

jen / June 19, 2013 at 6:45 PM
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Bad Vibes from this place right from the start! Bouncers were very rude and straight up mean. Bartenders are very busy and don't offer friendly service.No table service. Drinks are pricey and they never offer drink specials! I never bother w/ this place if I'm planning a night out.

Ryan / September 6, 2013 at 5:30 PM
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My favorite club in the city!! Atmosphere is fantastic, and the vibes are always proper. Check out 'Black Crack Funk Attack' on the 2nd Saturday of the month... big dance fest :)

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