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Cube Nightclub

Photo: Jesse Milns

Posted by Caroline Leung / February 27, 2012

Cube Nightclub is a canvas. A pulsating, high-ceilinged, mirrored canvas, but a mere canvas nonetheless. For those who miss Ultra, Cube will be welcome news - it is its replacement, and hardly any different from its predecessor. Practically nothing about the space is unique or different, though that's a problem only because it had promised to be just so.

"Presenting the next dimension of nightlife"? Not exactly, though not a bad thing for it. To just be another dark, thumping space on Queen West is blameless - the demise of CiRCA remains a lesson for the overly ambitious - but initiative is key to enjoying yourself at Cube. What Cube will provide is a space, music and alcohol, and not much else.

Cube is decently sized, but not exactly roomy. Long, narrow counters snake through the space beyond the entrance. Everything is shiny black and mirrored, which gives the impression of wading through a very chic ink pool. Images are projected onto a screen behind the DJ booth large enough to set an appropriate mood, allowing versatility for the space, though the Hoxton's open minimalism does that better. Adjacent to the dance floor is a lounge area, clustered with beige leather booths, reminding one of an airport in the 70's - which is charming, but jars with the rest of the club's sleek decadence.

One thing Cube certainly appeals to is vanity. This is a place to be seen and observed, and the older, well-but-scantily-dressed crowd caters to that nicely, though there's too much conceit for it to be a meat-market in the vein of an actual club. Despite the music that one can actually dance to (Jamiroquai, to my delight), the place was deprived of a single un-self-conscious bodily movement. If the intention was class, they've definitely succeeded, though at the expense of energy and charm.

To deem Cube stale isn't the right word, as it's definitely got potential depending on the occasion; this could be a decent venue for a launch or TIFF party. But all what-if's aside, on a regular night this isn't a place you'd remember. Even if you weren't drunk.

Additional Details

Beers on Tap:
Signature Drink:
None yet
Bar Snacks:
None yet
The occasional classic hit from the 80’s and 90’s, with variations of electro and pop in between
Live Music:
Who Goes There:
Those who think they’re more beautiful and damned than they actually are
10pm to 2am on weekends



oomsk oomsk / February 27, 2012 at 9:36 AM

The Bamboo just rolled over in its grave. Again.

blahblah / February 27, 2012 at 8:27 PM

it seems you may have been drinking whilst attempting to write this review - the screen behind the DJ is an LED, not a projection. and the booth seating is lime green, not beige?

also - i fail to understand your actual opinion of the place. it looks like an airport, which is charming & jarring? it's decently sized, but not roomy? it's not stale but it's not memorable?

your critque isn't totally shitty, but it's close.

Underwhelmed / February 27, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Bland, overpriced, overhyped

Chino / February 27, 2012 at 9:11 PM

it seems like the writer already had a write up in her head even before she set foot in the place.

ultra/cube is definitely not my scene, but dont bash the place just because its not where YOUR friends go party.

and to say that the crowd is made up of 'those who think they’re more beautiful and damned than they actually are" reads more immature than unjustly subjective.

Al / February 28, 2012 at 12:49 AM

Ya, not my scene either, but the review comes off pretty immature and confusing.

sebby73 / March 1, 2012 at 7:13 PM

I agree with oomsk oomsk... The Bamboo was truly the best.

Another pathetic nightclub plagues the Queen St strip. 905'ers rejoice... 416'ers commiserate. So sad indeed...

jr / March 3, 2012 at 1:15 AM

This blog hates any venue east of Bathurst. BlogTO editors, why do you keep reviewing these busy venues and then trashing them? Stay in Parkdale then. Go drink some PBR already.

CH / March 15, 2012 at 7:12 AM

I totally agree with everyone here on the sucky review. I was confused while reading it. Either she needs more practice writing or she should have her laptop confiscated. This review warrants its very own review. I loved the Bamboo and never stepped foot inside Ultra as an observer or observee. Too bad Cube is not a space in which less pretentious folks like myself can hang out even though i only live a couple of blocks away. I have to go west of Bathurst for my entertainment.

Sowhat / April 27, 2012 at 6:28 PM

@jr nice comment... Having lived west of Bathurst and enjoy seeing the the transforming streets of Parkdale turn into an eclectic cultural haven, I will still agree with you that it seems as if many BlogTO writers give kudos only to tiny-hole-in-wall type places where the I'm-so-hip-it-hurts-my-skinny-jeans folks like to hang out. So what if people who have both a Blackberry and iPhone want to spend $14 on a drink while sitting on an expensive looking couch. Does that always warrant a hate-parade?

tanja / July 28, 2012 at 1:38 PM

it would be better if they serve alchohol at all in the coctail drinks and not chemicals (premixed pouder for coctail drink) embarassing!!! having a long legs miniiii skirt girls are not really adding anything to the atmosphere than making the club looking very cheep.
good location but nothing else. do not waste your time on it at all!

omg / January 2, 2013 at 5:11 PM

WOW did the Hoxton pay you to write this review? Clearly she was drunk or colour-blind when she wrote this bc even in the picture above one can tell the couches are LIME GREEN/yellow...the fact that she compares Cube to the Hoxton is a joke...they are 2 completely different venues with totally different crowds.I agree with @Sowhat..

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