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Fiction Club

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Posted by Caroline Leung / May 17, 2012

Fiction Club (formerly Park Lane) is sandwiched between Grace O'Malley's and Tequila Jack's. The three lines of people that snake from those respective venues are indistinguishable from one another, and if it wasn't for Fiction's logo by the front, I wouldn't have been able to tell. The intertwined 'FC' looks vaguely fashion-y; there's no doubting this venue's aspiration to class. Left and right people are on their cell phones, barking instructions, impatient to get in. Try as they might, there's little nonchalance guising people's excitement about this place.

And why not be excited? Fiction is 9,000+ square feet of superclub, awash in neon and strobe, pulsating with music, drenched in glitter. If you're not already familiar with the nightlife this place could very well be the wonderland to your Alice; it doesn't so much tickle your senses as assault them. However, to the seasoned clubgoer, Fiction will likely be an alternative rather than the destination. There's little that truly sets it apart from the other venues available in the King West neighbourhood--not its size, its music, nor the wooden horse in the corner (The Fifth's elephant does it better). It is hotter than the average place, though only in the literal sense. No amount of exposed skin will save you from sweating.

There are 20 VIP tables, though those areas are all so packed that it defeats the purpose. If you're tired of feeling like a sweat-soaked sardine upstairs, the lower floor makes for a cool refuge. There you'll find an additional dance floor, bordered with hallways that lead to the two bathroom areas. The maze-like hallways and the paintings that adorn them makes it feel like wandering through an eccentric relative's abode. There's also a smoking section, which is preferable to getting your nicotine fix by the crowded entrance.

Its lack of novelty aside, Fiction is undeniably fun. If you're getting over a brutal breakup, I could not recommend a better place. The unabashed sleaze of King Street suits combined with the Ryerson co-eds tired of banging the same old people at their dorms makes for a scene that would entertain anyone, from the brokenhearted to the merely bored. Clubs in this neighbourhood have a notoriously short shelf-life, and I'm not convinced that Fiction has any reason to outlast its competitors. But if you're looking for shits and giggles, it's not the worst way to spend your Saturday night. Just be armed with patience and a sense of humour.

Additional Details

Beers on Tap:
None
Signature Drink:
None
Bar Snacks:
None
Patio:
No
Music/Genre:
Top 40 is a religion
Live Music:
No
Who Goes There:
A mixture of Richmond Street college kids and their aging King Street counterparts
Hours:
Fridays 10pm - 2am; Saturdays 10pm - 3am

Discussion

16 Comments

amm / May 17, 2012 at 9:26 AM
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Fact or Fiction: This place sucks.

Joe / May 17, 2012 at 10:04 AM
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lame!

Rob / May 17, 2012 at 10:21 AM
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Have any of these massive clubs survived? Don't understand how anyone could invest in something like this, particularly in an area which isn't very "clubby" anymore. I give it a few months.

Laura / May 17, 2012 at 10:26 AM
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This review doesn't really make this place sound like any other run of the mill Top 40 club. Boring.

Laura / May 17, 2012 at 10:27 AM
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Uh, I meant, any different from. This article was so boring I gave up on the comment halfway through writing it.

ndede / May 17, 2012 at 10:36 AM
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Do people even "club" anymore ?

R / May 17, 2012 at 12:27 PM
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Pass.

McRib / May 17, 2012 at 1:58 PM
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does anyone go to clubs for the music and to dance anymore? or is it mainly to do blow at VIP tables with bottle service and pick up chicks with fake tans and fake tits?

lol In replying to a comment from McRib / May 17, 2012 at 3:37 PM
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Yes they do it just happens off king street

Eric26 / May 17, 2012 at 9:59 PM
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I keep seeing those white chandeliers everywhere. The ones that look like they were recycled from your IKEA dining set from the 90's

Sara In replying to a comment from Laura / May 18, 2012 at 6:31 AM
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I'm pretty sure that *was* the point of the article. It's nothing new to the avg club goer.

"There's little that truly sets it apart from the other venues available in the King West neighbourhood--not its size, its music, nor the wooden horse in the corner (The Fifth's elephant does it better). It is hotter than the average place, though only in the literal sense. No amount of exposed skin will save you from sweating."

evan / May 20, 2012 at 11:39 PM
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How many square feet? Over 9000???

Steph In replying to a comment from ndede / June 6, 2012 at 10:22 PM
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how old are you...

Celeste / June 12, 2012 at 12:26 AM
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Went with my girls this past Saturday and we had a great time! Very mature crowd.. Pleasant staff, beautiful place will definitely come back here again.

Melissa / October 24, 2012 at 12:57 AM
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My girls and i were looking for a place that we could get away from the typical club douche and dance and have a great time. We went on a sat night and were totally surprised at the mature crowd and great mix of music. Everyone was well dressed and staff was very polite. Would def return. Crowd seemed to be between 23-35 yrs old. VIP booths looked really nice although we spent our time on the dance floor.

steph / November 4, 2012 at 3:35 PM
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Fiction is a great club. Mature club on saturdays nights. Great crowd of people that just want to have a good time and party. No snobs or druggies. And bottle service isnt overpriced. Fridays is college crowd and equally fun.

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