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Our House

Photo: Jason Tavares

Posted by Jessica McGann / May 26, 2010

Our House is the newest lounge to hit Lower Ossington. With windows blocked by heavy drapes, minimal furniture to allow for max capacity, DJs and occasional cover charges, all indications are that Our House is capitalizing on Ossington's rising club-district status. It's the kind of place you get dressed up to go out to, when you're going out to make a night of it, and not - as you might at old standbys like the Communist's Daughter and the Crooked Star - to have a beer with your best friend.

The burnt orange walls, dark wood furniture, and details like embroidered cushions and decorative vases give the small space a minimalist Moroccan feel, but when the DJ's spinning and the place is packed with clubbers, the details of the décor are likely to go unnoticed. More likely you'll notice the flashing LED illumination of the bar, calling out to you to order more standard alcoholic concoctions, like basic cocktails, beer by the bottle, or anything else that's easy to whip up and hold onto while you're dancing. The bar's signature drink, the "orange drink," is a testament to this alcoholic efficiency: a fizzy, no-fuss mixture of vodka and orange soda that's as easy for the servers to remember as it is for drinkers to down it.

Food-wise, it's unclear what direction the bar is heading in. While there's been food in the past, the bartender I spoke to was unsure when patrons could expect it. Snacks are in possible-to-probable category for the future. But while they've given food a try at Our House, I can see how it might be an initiative that falls to the wayside over time, given that the bar opens at 9 and is geared towards more of a dance-club crowd. The preparation and serving of food could be more trouble than it's worth.

Our House is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights for dancin' and cavortin' - usually with live DJs - and Monday nights for industry nights, although I'm told that lately that's been drawing an "older, 905-ish" crowd. The music is pretty much anything with a beat, depending on who's spinning or bringing in the iPod. Iron your best striped shirt for a night at Our House or don a pair of heels, and don't head out too early.

Additional Details

Beers on Tap:
None. Corona, Stella, Heineken, 50, Pabst B.R., Canadian and Coors Light by the bottle
Signature Drink:
The “Orange Drink”
Bar Snacks:
Probably not
Patio:
No
Music/Genre:
Electronic, disco, funk, top hits
Live Music:
No
Who Goes There:
Clubbers, partiers making a night of it on Ossington, lounge lizards
Hours:
9pm to 3am, Thurs-Sun and Monday

Discussion

44 Comments

Ossome / May 26, 2010 at 11:21 AM
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Go back to Woodbridge.

Jesse / May 26, 2010 at 11:23 AM
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Very apt review.
I have walked by this place in the day and said to myself, I should check this out, then I walk by at night and hear the terrible club district music pouring out, the popped collars of said striped shirts, and just an otherwise douchey vibe, and think otherwise.
Think it's fair to say one of two things: this place doesn't fit in on Ossington; or this place does fit in on Ossington, meaning the strip's time is well passed.

Al / May 26, 2010 at 11:33 AM
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It hurts when the suburban douchbags steal away your favorite neighborhoods and nightlife spots. Simple as that. Sucks.

Patrick / May 26, 2010 at 11:53 AM
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Where do we move to? The Junction?

The Man / May 26, 2010 at 11:54 AM
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It's illegal in Ontario to serve liquor without also serving food. The minimum standard involves a selection of at least 3-4 different "light meals" being available at any licensed establishment.

Your reviewer should probably ask questions when places are in obvious violation of the law.

D*Rock / May 26, 2010 at 12:28 PM
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Any spot that has a ROCKSTAR drink mat is way too club district..... gawd

Matt / May 26, 2010 at 12:31 PM
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Sadly, it does fit in. The neighbourhood has become a nightmare of tight striped collared shirts and screaming drunk girls in precarious high heels on awful stagette parties. At least on a weekend evening.

I see two futures for the Ossington area: Either it proves to be a flash-in-the-pan nightlife district, the latest incarnation being its dying stages, or it becomes a permanent mini-entertainment district.

Please god, not the latter. I know we all sound really snobby, but I don't care. I live here and it sucks.

Matt In replying to a comment from Ossome / May 26, 2010 at 12:44 PM
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hey hey! we aren't all bad...

ossington-ed out / May 26, 2010 at 12:54 PM
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ossington is already past its prime. gone is the to-scale crowd and attitude. it's cab-central on thurs/fri/sat nights indicating it has reached its saturation/maturation point.

same thing happened to college st. and it'll take some time before it eventually recovers from the 905 blanket effect.

at least it has some decent restaurants that will hopefully weather the storm and hold on til the clubby douche-factor rises and falls

Joe / May 26, 2010 at 12:59 PM
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Some very pretentious comments going on in here..

dan / May 26, 2010 at 1:07 PM
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Checked it out other day and had great time with couple of my friends. Its different from what else is mostly around there and thats the beauty of it. It makes you go back there and have fun
This neighbourhood needs a mood enhancer and finally it got one ... welcome home!

Jay / May 26, 2010 at 1:22 PM
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The presumption that Ossington is and should be more authentic than anything in the club district is a load of BS. The same goes for the sense that people from the suburbs don't belong there. Much of the commentary above plays into the authenticity hoax. It seems we have a long ways to go before we even begin to realize that far-off ideal of 'the open society'.

Meth Head / May 26, 2010 at 1:32 PM
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There's a party in my pants and you're all invited.

Randy / May 26, 2010 at 1:38 PM
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I don't think it has anything to do with authenticity. Certain areas have grown to cater to specific local tastes, and it's a shame to dilute that with something that doesn't fit with that aesthetic. What's wrong with wanting bars that play the kind of music you want to hear or serve the kind of beers you want to drink? Is that a form of cultural snobbery? Sure, but so is the guy who complains that his neighbor's yard is a mess.

I have no problem with Top-40 bars, but they don't "belong" on Ossington.

If the truth be told / May 26, 2010 at 1:41 PM
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I for one am very guilty of labeling people, places or things as 416 versus 905.

In the end, though, anyone who has travelled the world and/or lived abroad, knows that deep down, Toronto, and all other Canadian cities, are just nice places to eat, sleep, crap, have a great career and raise a family.

All these West End / East End garbage is very much tongue and cheek, and a great way for bloggers to spark interest, generate buzz and the like.

At the end of the day, none of us are really THAT important, or THAT cool. If we were, we wouldn't really be losing sleep writing articles about how business X feels too much like district Y in our fair city.

What I've learnt after partying hard for a decade in Toronto's scene...the lounges, the exclusive parties, the skiing, the pills etc, TIFF, Luminato etc. is that all of it pales in comparison to walking your favorite street in some far off place in the world, just soaking in the atmosphere.

I hate to preach, which I am very much guilty right now of doing, but all of navel-gazing is extremely trivial and BORING.

So check your ego at the door and don't forget to tip well.

Matt In replying to a comment from If the truth be told / May 26, 2010 at 2:08 PM
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But all the people who actually live in those far-off places are just as provincial and parochial and navel-gazing as we are. It's part of civic life, anywhere.

AV In replying to a comment from Patrick / May 26, 2010 at 2:32 PM
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Please... PLEASE.... all you uber cool Ossington lemmings... Stay the hell out of the Junction!

Joe In replying to a comment from Randy / May 26, 2010 at 2:48 PM
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Randy, I think you kind of contradict yourself; if you say "What's wrong with wanting bars that play the kind of music you want to hear or serve the kind of beers you want to drink" -- then a Top 40 bar should be acceptable in the Ossington area to cater to those people who enjoy that.

People enjoy neighbourhoods too; not just a certain type of bar. Listen, to tell you the truth, I'm from Woodbridge. I like indie music, local beers and a laid back atmosphere. I like going to Red Light, or Communists Daughter, seeing a show at The Garrison and grabbing a late night breakfast at the Lakeview. But I've know the Ossignton/College/Dundas area since I was a kid because my grandparents lived down there.

But there are comments here (not your Randy) that offend me as someone that's grown up in thr "terrible 905" -- don't be so quick to judge and stereotype, because it can be easily said about "city folk".

Resident / May 26, 2010 at 3:48 PM
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I live on Ossington, and it's really not bad in the day. I seldom go out at night, so I rarely see the douchiness that goes on weekend nights- though I do believe it does happen. But it's really not that douchy or "cool" 90% of the time. In the day, there are lots of young families and normal people just living their lives. Please don't label this neighbourhood as a trend, or too cool. Many of us have nothing to prove, and enjoy having great places to eat, do yoga, and hang out at near by.

Big Gino Frankie / May 26, 2010 at 3:52 PM
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The Woodbridge hordes are at the gates!!!! Parkdalians, loosen your skinny jeans and run to the Junction!!!

AW / May 26, 2010 at 4:18 PM
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At least you can't accuse them of false advertising: last I checked some of the menu items were named after the cast of "Jersey Shore".

TheRealJohnson / May 26, 2010 at 4:31 PM
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I hit enter by accident on that last one. I wanted to submit a far more wry and humorous comment. Ah well.
For me, I'll go to any bar that's willing to play "This is how we do it." Regardless of the clientele. 647 in the house y'all.

Bi*ch Please / May 26, 2010 at 4:34 PM
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Some seriously pretentious/douchey comments on here. I want to be anywhere those commenters are not. So please, 905, drive them away!!! (sorry Junction).

Warren / May 26, 2010 at 6:58 PM
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If the suburbs are so great, why don't the people who live there just stay there?

Kyle / May 26, 2010 at 8:03 PM
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if you enjoy overpriced beer, shitty lady gaga remixes and your friends resemble mtv reality stars than you might feel at home here. otherwise, you might be better off at the 46 other bars on ossington.

this place radiates douche.

spread pearl jam on my slice / May 26, 2010 at 9:04 PM
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Number one...Our House carries the cheapest beer on the block..if you are going to comment on a place than get your facts straight and do your research.
And I'm a 905er and so what they are on ossington...all you retards shouldn't be making bad comments when whether or not its good or bad, it's still bringing in customers to the other bars...and ossington is more busier than ever...so, stop with the rude comments and complaints...you just look like bigger pretentious idiots!!!
And by the way, I'm a 905er that prefers rock over any top 40 but Our House still is a great place to go...and um, haven't seen any stripe tops out there!!!

Derik / May 26, 2010 at 9:11 PM
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never judge a book by its cover...I've been in Our House Bar and had a great time...Monday nights are great because they cater to my music of choice...rock! So, all you haters...take a hike!
And buddy, what's with the suberbs comment?
If I didn't have to chop my leg and arms off to buy a house down in the city...yeah, I'd be living down there too...jackass!

Derik / May 26, 2010 at 9:19 PM
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One more thing...you know what I can't stand about you TO QUICK TO JUDGE ASSHOLES! Once some touch of culture and class hits your streets...you get all phobic...ask me how many times I've stepped foot in The Ossington or la Veque Block or Sweaty Betty...I'm there all the time, in my ripped jeans, run down cons and beat out T...and I'm not saying ' Oh, look at this 416 crowd...bla, bla, bla...
If you don't like the bar than move on to the next...the whole point of ossington is to bar hop and enjoy yourself.

AmH In replying to a comment from Derik / May 26, 2010 at 10:29 PM
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Derik...typing on a Blackberry from "Our House" (hence the grammar)...orrrrrr...droll hipster after too much PBR.

jameson / May 27, 2010 at 12:02 AM
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its unfortunate that the pictures detail the bartender and not the actual establishment...it seems more laid back in the one picture, and that might reduce the bubbling angst and generalizations against suburbanites

but I could be wrong. why not address this issue in the article? lame that the commenters bring up the real issue here

tdc / May 27, 2010 at 9:22 PM
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this article would be so much more helpful if it had more photos - it would be nice to see the "moroccan decor" instead of some guy pouring a drink (which, realistically, could be the lead photo for ANY bar). Also, the copy sounds like an advertorial. Then again, maybe it's too challenging to write anything terribly unique about a bar when they're all basically the same (the clientele being what makes any of them different).

If anyone at blogto (writers, editors) sees this, I think these reviews would be much more interesting if they were 75% photos, 25% text. Just my two cents.

Dipp / May 28, 2010 at 3:33 PM
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Doesn't the whole hipster/cool/authentic/Ossington routine ever get old? "Cool" and "authentic" gets co-opted. Get over it.

And yes, I wear skinny jeans.

And yes, I hate myself.

TheRealJohnson / June 2, 2010 at 7:15 AM
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I know this post is old, but if anyone's still reading these comments, maybe you want to check this out: http://www.realjohnson.com/2010/05/905-effect.html. The comment section of this post inspired me to do a scientific analysis of the downfall of "cool" neighbourhoods.

whatevs In replying to a comment from If the truth be told / June 10, 2010 at 12:54 PM
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maybe you should check your ego. we get it you travel. the last ten years in this city has slowly gone downhill anyway. you missed the party boat or just got on the wrong one. toronto was known for its party scene about ten years ago. but thing change. you grow up. how about you just stay away from the 'hoods you don't like. quit complaining. deal with it and go somewhere else, instead of telling everyone how much traveling has broadened your horizons.

Bill / June 22, 2010 at 10:52 AM
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This bar is shit the vibe the people and the scum bag owner. If you looking for a booze can after hours
then go there and hang with all the people you left behind to come downtown. Yes Woodbridge is a nice ace but you wouldn't welcome us to party in you backyArd so why would let you party in ours.
This place has no life. Thank god for mommy and daddy who funded this place. Oh well there are good bars that surround it that suffer because of this shifty and shitty. Maybe the Agco should stop by more often !!!!

Japhet / April 13, 2011 at 11:40 PM
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Shitty drinks.

Anon / June 13, 2011 at 7:20 PM
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This bar is horrible! Ran out of beer. Douche Bag C*NT for a bartender who fights with her boyfriend, the owner, then takes it out on the customers. All in all this place is a HOLE IN THE WALL!! IT SUCKS!!!

Ribo / September 21, 2011 at 7:31 PM
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I live in the area and this place is easily the worst spot on the strip. You've got great food from places like libretto, foxley, and salt right across the street. There are cool bars like painted lady and crooked star, and then you've got fucking "our house". Each spot seems to offer something unique or different except for this place. The music sounds like someone downloaded KISS 92.5's latest podcast and pressed play on their Zune. The decor looks like any other "just add water" club, LED lights explode to distract you from the stain covered, "chique", furniture bought from ikea. The patrons are your typical club goers. What more can I say? This place just doesn't fit in.

George / March 9, 2012 at 4:46 PM
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Interesting reviews.. I'm going to check it out for myself tonight

Teo Orlando / August 26, 2012 at 3:13 AM
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be aware! if you are a DJ.. the owner is not going to respect the terms of your agreement, you are most likely not gonna get payed and you are going to be insulted...

Steve / April 15, 2013 at 4:55 AM
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' Satanic Ritual - Decorate the space with human sacrifice, goblets of blood, pentagrams, and things draped in black. A murder mystery game is a fun way to pass the time during the twenties theme party. Now, one of my co-workers was applying to the Secret Service and I knew that I was down as a reference for her.

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Martin B / August 7, 2013 at 1:38 AM
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A lot of the negative comments were from 2010 can someone let me know if it has changed for the better lately? Planning a party there with mid 30's crowd and don't want douches around

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