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Gravity Soundbar

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Posted by Martha Stortz / October 9, 2013

Gravity Soundbar is a nightclub located in the Entertainment District.

It hosts themed events most nights, such as Wayback Wednesday and She Likes It Saturdays (a vast improvement over He Thinks It's Okay Friday and Please Stop It Now Sundays) and often showcases celebrity guests such as Karl Wolf.

I visited Gravity Soundbar on Radioactive Friday after seeing the film Gravity as part of a celebration of the space-time continuum. The club experience was strikingly similar to the film experience (warning: no spoilers are ahead. If you want movie spoilers, visit Wikipedia or sit at the back of the King Streetcar during rush hour to listen to people drinking pumpkin spice lattes and rave about George Clooney's magnetism).

Much like seeing a 3D movie in the 21st century, the cover to get into GSB was a bit on the expensive side ($15 except Saturday, which is $20). Luckily, getting on the guestlist can bypass the charge completely (for ladies) or take $5 off (for gentlemen) if you arrive before 11pm or midnight, depending on the day.

Like any good story, Gravity evokes feelings of love, anger, isolation and relief. Similarly, Gravity Soundbar is all about the feeling. Upon entrance to the club, guests are subjected to a seriously in-depth pat down that gives the TSA a run for their money. Though I've been to many nightclubs in Toronto, I have never had such a thorough body search. I offered to turn my head and cough, but the guard declined.

Gravity is set in space; while Gravity Soundbar has a lot of space. It occupies one big room with a dance floor and bottle service booths and one small room with seats and a more relaxed vibe. There is also another floor upstairs should you want to gaze creepily Kurt Russell-style on the people below. The club is decorated with LED lights, lasers, and lots of white laminate, clearly a tribute to the era of living where being cool meant you had an MSN name with toggled case letters, multiple tildes, and references to your three week long relationship with a girl you never actually spoke to outside of algebra class.

Gravity was beautifully scored by Steven Price, who used various types of music and sound to convey emotion and information. Despite no clues from the name, the highlight of Gravity Soundbar is the amazing sound system. It uses digital sound which creates simultaneous feeling of euphoria ("What high quality sound! I can feel it in my chest!") and shock ("Is this a heart attack or are they just playing Heart Attack?").

I ordered a vodka soda ($6) which was pretty good for $6. The staff were friendly and attentive, a nice departure from what is sometimes seen in the Entertainment District. At around 11:30pm, the club started to fill up with a wide variety of people. Patron's ages followed a bimodal distribution (i.e. most patrons were under 25 or over 40) and the population was high in miniskirts and maximum grinding.

Overall, Gravity Soundbar seemed pretty middle-of-the-road; while some parts seemed great (for example, the sound system) other parts seemed a little sketchy (for example, some stalls in the bathroom lacked doors). When combined, however, all these factors seemed to have a synergistic effect that made the club incredibly popular, as evidenced by the patrons inside (as well as all the patrons waiting in line outside). It seems that like the film, the good parts outweigh the flaws.

Additional Details

Beers on Tap:
None
Signature Drink:
None
Bar Snacks:
None
Patio:
No
Music/Genre:
Top 40s
Live Music:
Yes
Who Goes There:
People who read too much into the general relativity of two names.
Hours:
10 pm- 3 am, Wednesday- Saturday

Discussion

14 Comments

AV / October 9, 2013 at 11:37 AM
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The screen in the middle of the dance floor with live tweets sums this place up quite nicely.

DominicFromWoodbridge / October 9, 2013 at 11:55 AM
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Karl Wolf is da bomb. Some people say I look like him. When he gonna be there?

Me / October 9, 2013 at 1:03 PM
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This is the *BEST* club in the world! I *LOVE* this place! Always have such an awesome time. Go there now, girlfriend!

No / October 10, 2013 at 3:10 AM
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Lame. No. Thanks. Get. A. Life.

Patrick / October 13, 2013 at 12:35 AM
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Dungy, Crappy noteworthy the money

MilaCam / October 14, 2013 at 12:59 AM
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This place looked oddly familiar. No mention that it was "The City" and before that "Frequency" (which I'm embarrassed to say I happened to have gone to at least twice). The fact that this club has gone through at least two transformations (within five years) and looks identical, besides the extra LED lights, speaks to one of the many reasons the "Entertainment District" is sinking. Ridiculous cover for absolutely nothing... the closing of Circa was truly the end of an era. What's even worse is the Entertainment District's offshoot: king west.

Cam / October 14, 2013 at 1:02 AM
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This place looked oddly familiar. No mention that it was "The City" and before that "Frequency" (which I'm embarrassed to say I happened to have gone to at least twice). The fact that this club has gone through at least two transformations (within five years) and looks identical, besides the extra LED lights, speaks to one of the many reasons the "Entertainment District" is sinking. Ridiculous cover for absolutely nothing... the closing of Circa was truly the end of an era. What's even worse is the degenerate offshoot: king west.

Thomas Neary / October 18, 2013 at 12:12 AM
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Another fantastic review by Martha. She really is the queen of run on sentences and unnecessary parallels.

I look forward to the next club you review after watching Schindlers List

sophia / November 22, 2013 at 1:54 AM
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martha stortz i am your #1 fan

Dan / January 1, 2014 at 7:44 PM
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DO NOT GO HERE.

I lost a lot of respect for this place and do not reccommend this place to anyone looking for a night out! The bouncers have no respect. Well it was technically one bouncer but its a representation of the the company.

I had bought a ticket for a New Years Pub Crawl and this place was on the itinerary. At around 11.20pm, me and my friends wanted to leave the club, they would not let us leave. The bouncer began to push me and my friends around as if we had done something wrong, all we wanted to do was leave to go to the final bar on our crawl. Rather then letting us out to enjoy our night, we were pushed around verbally insulted for trying to leave.

I understand New Years would make the place busy but there was no structure set up by management. It is not our fault there is a line outside and people are trying to get in. They should have had an exit area prepped. The employees were not aware of what was happening. We tried to leave using other exits and they all kept telling us to use the front door. The bouncer on NYE that was on front door duty at the time would not let us, even though all the other employees told us to use the exit. Not only did he waste our pub crawl and ruin our night. He had the nerve to put his hands on us.

Finally at 12.15am we were able to leave. I looked the bouncer in the eye as I was leaving that his actions were highly unprofessional and he repeated to me over and over, "F*** you, F*** you, F*** you, F*** you, F*** you."

Real classy Gravity SoundBar.

TDLR; All we wanted to do was leave your establishment and instead we faced entrapment and got assaulted by a bouncer to stay at your club ruining New Years.

Emily / January 2, 2014 at 12:22 AM
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I agree with the previous comment!!!

NO ONE SHOULD GO HERE EVER!!!!!

WORST PLACE EVER... it was a MOSH PIT TO GET IN!
Line up was around the corner... NO ONE WAS GETTING IN!! AT 10:20 pm!

They KNOWINGLY over sold the event tickets compared to their capacity!!

Tons and tons of people got jipped 30-50 dollars by pre buying a ticket and not getting in and they are doing NOTHING!

THIS IS THE WORST PLACE EVER!

IN SHORT IF YOU WANT A HORRIBLE NIGHT THAT COSTS YOU WAY TOO MUCH... go here! If you want a good night.. GO ANYWHERE ELSE!!

joe / January 2, 2014 at 2:09 PM
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really bad vibe, overly priced, dj/music suck and the line up is too long!
Drinks are watered down.. i had a better time in the cab ride there and back!

mark / January 17, 2014 at 10:11 PM
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I am just wondering if Dominic from Woodbrige is real or if this is someone running with the stereotype of dominic from woodbridge, a narcissistic club goer from Woodbridge. If Dominic is real then I say: da fuckin' leafs are gonna win this year, if Doninic is not real, I was quite amused.

stefan / January 29, 2014 at 11:29 PM
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WARNING
DO NOT GO!!!!!!!

I went here to celebrate my siblings birthdays the other night and my experience was unprecedented in the Toronto Entertainment District.

I spent $800 on bottle service. Right when the night began, a guest of mine made a comment towards our hostess as he felt that she was not taking care of our table. The hostess went and told the bouncers that he was being rude. A minute later 5 bouncers show up, one of which was wearing a fitted hat and vest, completely unmarked as security personnel.

They then began assaulting the member of my party causing injury to his face and threw him into a room. I tried to step in but was punched. There was no manager on site. The head of security had this to say: "I don't know."

After threatening to call the police several times, his whereabouts were finally revealed by one of the bouncers who told me he was thrown into a back alley, at which point I left the club.

I am considering legal action. But I just want to warn everyone here that Gravity Soundbar Security don't follow any protocol, but rather act like a bunch of thugs with complete disregard for anything.

I approached the companies management and received no response, which means to me that they stick by the actions of their security team.

PLEASE DO NOT PUT YOURSELF IN HARMS WAY BY GOING TO THIS CLUB

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