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EFS Nightclub

Photo: Jesse Milns

Posted by Martha Stortz / September 23, 2013

EFS is a new nightclub underneath the identically-named rooftop patio on King West. I visited EFS (the nightclub) late on a Wednesday evening. Though I've been to EFS (the rooftop patio) several times and always had a positive experience, I was a little worried about EFS (the nightclub).

I know what it's like to have an older sibling as a measuring stick, living in the shadow of someone who is a little cooler, a little wiser, and never fell victim to the trend of sweatpants with text across the butt. So how did EFS (the nightclub) measure up? In the words of my sixth-grade teacher Sr. McCarthy, they're cut from the same cloth but with different patterns. In this case, the cloth is an expensive, luxurious fabric (like silk but vegan-friendly) and while the patio is a laidback maxiskirt, the nightclub is a sassy freakum dress.

The nightclub is gorgeously decorated with leather booths and lighting that is oddly reminiscent of Focus Features International's logo. One wall is adorned with vintage ads and pictures including a fun Tim Horton's print and a newspaper bearing the famous War is Over headline (which is currently accurate but could get murky in the near future).

The DJ booth is raised above the dance floor at one end of the club, acting as the overseer of the club, the Quasimodo of EFS. Overall, the nightclub is both chic and comfortable - like it could be a friend's home, but only the type of friend who had really rich parents that probably did a lot of coke in the 70s.

I ordered a double vodka martini ($16) from resident mixologist Jonathon Crosson. (When there is a mixologist on staff, you don't want to order a vodka soda - that's like going to a neurosurgeon for an ingrown toenail.) The martini was very strong but palatable, which seems to be a dangerous combination. This is the type of martini that ends in texts to your ex or eating nutella out of the jar with a spoon or being a political figure in Western Canada for a very long time. Similar to the drinks on the rooftop patio, it was on the expensive side, but so strong and enjoyable that there was no need for a second.

As the night went on, the club started to fill up. Initially it was dominated by Financial District types (in suits) but a wider variety of people from King West (in heels) and partiers from the Jays game (in jorts) started to arrive closer to midnight. It was one patron's birthday and the bottle service was accompanied by sparklers and delivered by the beautiful servers - the adult equivalent of having your mom bring cupcakes to class but with more Red Bull and much sexier.

I will definitely return to EFS, though likely on a Wednesday again as cover steadily increases throughout the week ($10 on Wednesday-Thursday, $15 on Friday and $20 on Saturday). It's safe to say that EFS (the nightclub) has found its own footing and blossomed into a beautiful young club, unique from the rooftop patio but with some of the same positive elements. Their parents must be so proud.

Additional Details

Beers on Tap:
Signature Drink:
Whatever Crosson is mixing
Bar Snacks:
DJ tunes
Live Music:
Who Goes There:
Anyone who loves the EFS patio but finds it too cold in the fall/winter, anyone with Middle Child Syndrome
Wednesday-Sunday, 10pm-2am



icComplain / September 22, 2013 at 10:36 PM

That's a lot of metaphors. Also asking a mixologist for a vodka soda is like asking a neurosurgeon for minimally invasive endoscopic brain surgery.

QuaffNubie / September 23, 2013 at 2:32 AM

Isn't a vodka martini just vodka with a drop of vermouth? Yep that'd be strong all right.

michael george / September 23, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Hmmm a Vodka Martini that is "strong"? you know that a Vodka Martini is all Booze right? so they are always" strong "

That's the news and I'm outta here / September 23, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Was this written by Dennis miller?

S / September 23, 2013 at 9:22 PM

Is there techno here? Is there a dress code?

Thomas Neary / September 23, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Never have so many words been used to say so little.

Instead of blabbering on about how there's leather booths, a raised dj booth and how Jon makes a strong drink that's supposed to be strong (ice is cold and water is wet) maybe talk about venue capacity, if theres a coat check, the venue's choice in music programing; these are things we should know.

Poy In replying to a comment from Thomas Neary / September 24, 2013 at 12:26 AM

Music Genre: DJ tunes. Is that not specific enough for you? I'm a big fan of DJ tunes, its the hottest thing since guitar music.

Martha Stortz In replying to a comment from Poy / September 24, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Classifying a club's music genre is always tricky when it's DJ-centric as the genre will usually change depending on who the DJ is. They usually post who the upcoming DJ is on their Facebook page.
Thomas, I went on a stifling hot night so there was no coat check but I imagine come winter there will be higher demand for one. The venue was small-ish (150 people?) but parts were curtained off and can be opened when needed.

Martha Stortz In replying to a comment from S / September 24, 2013 at 1:09 PM

There were definitely people in jeans/sandals so there was no overt dress norms, but it's a nice-ish place so I would say yes to dress shoes. (Is that what you're asking? I feel like whenever a dude asks about dress code, they are asking if they have to wear dress shoes.) I looked up the actual definition of techno to answer this, so I will say there is definitely electronic dance music but I can't guarantee it's from 1980s Detroit.

Japhet / September 26, 2013 at 2:55 AM

Martinis are always doubles (sometimes triples). That's why you order them.

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