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The Hoxton

Photo: Jesse Milns

Posted by Robyn Urback / September 3, 2011

The Hoxton is the new club and event venue occupying what was Sixty-9 on lower Bathurst. The velvet curtains, antique-esque mirrors and stripper pole (alas) have all been taken away, leaving a cleaner (take that as you will) blank canvas with an industrial edge. While The Hoxton had its soft opening in early August, I went to check out the space last night for the club's official launch party.

With music pumping from the DJ onstage, I circled around the 8,000 square-foot space, which has been outfitted in the most minimalistic sense. Bare painted brick walls (minus a few projected images) enclose an open wooden dance floor, two bars, and a mix of hanging, track, and snake-like lighting. The lack of excessive décor is a deliberate way to accommodate corporate and private bookings, which will be slated between concerts and nightclub events.

The Hoxton is the latest project by business partners Richard Lambert and Jesse Girard, who are known as the brains behind Parts & Labour and The Social (the latter of which closed in early July). The pair teamed with comedian Kenny Hotz (who became my personal hero after I watched him defeat Spenny in "Who can be tried to a goat the longest?"), who is known perhaps most widely for his role in the TV show Kenny vs. Spenny. Much to my chagrin, I didn't meet Hotz at the launch, though I do plan to return tied to a goat at a later time--or else, tied to one of the goat-resembling shrugs that were abundantly draped on some in attendance.

The booths, like the rest of the club, are sleek and basic--and are actually more benches than booths, arranged adjacent to the raised stage. A few pops of colour can be found behind the bar and in the bathrooms, where basin sinks are tinted a surprisingly not-abhorrent salmon pink and powder blue. The space was designed by Castor--the same studio that did Parts & Labour.

The Hoxton is open to the public Fridays and Saturdays for DJ sets and live music.

Additional Details

Beers on Tap:
N/A
Signature Drink:
N/A
Bar Snacks:
N/A
Patio:
No
Music/Genre:
A bit of everything; electronic/hip hop/indie
Live Music:
Yes
Who Goes There:
Skinny jeans aren't over yet
Hours:
10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on weekends

Discussion

44 Comments

Joelle / September 3, 2011 at 4:49 PM
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I have to say for the show Hotz puts on with KVS and TOTW this venture seems more like what I've heard his personality is really like. Should be interesting to check out.

Jazzy Jeff / September 4, 2011 at 10:16 AM
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The name makes me barf. Name a club after an intersection in London. How sad. Plus it looks like Devil's.

six points intersection social club In replying to a comment from Jazzy Jeff / September 4, 2011 at 11:09 AM
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But London is cool and we also wish to be cool.

beware / September 4, 2011 at 11:33 AM
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on opening night at the hoxton people who had bought advanced tickets to see the twelves were denied entry because the owners had let too many of their friends in on guestlist and the club was at capacity.
not letting ticket holders in is absurd and seeing as richard and jesse have experience in the industry, it is pretty much inexcusable. this happened at the social with some frequency and chances are it will happen as frequently at the hoxton. super lame. dont make the mistake of buying advanced tickets.

AV In replying to a comment from beware / September 4, 2011 at 12:23 PM
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"not letting ticket holders in is absurd and seeing as richard and jesse have experience in the industry, it is pretty much inexcusable. this happened at the social with some frequency and chances are it will happen as frequently at the hoxton. super lame. dont make the mistake of buying advanced tickets."


Pretty much encapsulates that entire scene doesn't it? "You must be this cool/connected/hip to enter"

Dinkus / September 4, 2011 at 1:27 PM
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..."Who can be tried to a goat the longest?"

How does one try a goat?

a goat In replying to a comment from Dinkus / September 4, 2011 at 2:35 PM
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You don't wanna know.

Sharky / September 4, 2011 at 8:28 PM
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Cool! Checking out the spot tonight. Wanna see how things have changed.

Daniel / September 5, 2011 at 1:58 AM
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looks like just another cocaine and douchebag gathering place.

prediction: will not be open next year at this time.

mike in parkdale / September 6, 2011 at 9:29 AM
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I'm just happy that the venue is still a nightclub, even if I won't be going there anytime soon.

I've been there enough times in the past and have seen enough other club spaces die (aka transformed into retail locations) to know the value of a good mid-sized club downtown.

sreee / September 6, 2011 at 9:52 AM
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Poor King West.
The little engine that couldn't.

JLK / September 6, 2011 at 11:38 AM
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I had a great time! Rad club - go check it out

Maggie Chu In replying to a comment from AV / September 6, 2011 at 5:29 PM
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tickets from the twelves have been honoured since for other events. it's a great venue, very well put together. Great dj, great crowd, the space has really been transformed.

jason / September 7, 2011 at 11:34 PM
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full of douchbags but glad they have a place for them far away from ossington st.

jason / September 7, 2011 at 11:38 PM
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full of douchebags but glad they have a place for them far from ossington st.

matze / September 20, 2011 at 2:50 PM
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its just open from 10pm to 2pm? that's only 4houres?!

Kps / September 26, 2011 at 1:07 PM
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We bought advance tickets. After fighting our way though a line/disorganized crowd of douchebags for at least 30 mins we got in. Numerous people were skipping the line and getting in- I'm assuming they knew people or were greasing the bouncers. The crowd inside were a bunch of yuppie jerks and I will not go back.

sboo / September 29, 2011 at 4:43 PM
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totally agree with jason. a group of six of us went last weekend, having bought tickets, we still waited in line for probably 45 minutes before being let in to this douchebag-filled bar. music was good but crowd was horrible. thumbs down.

not impressed / October 4, 2011 at 12:26 PM
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I went to the Hoxton on Friday, September 30.

First off, the Facebook page stated a $10 entrance. I arrive there and the girl says "It's $15. $10 on guest list." I really wish they would've clarified that on their Facebook page here http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=256295064408683.

Second, that same girl was the most incompetent & unpleasant human being I've ever met in my entire life. She basically made $20 off me because I had to pay her twice since she wasn't paying attention when I paid her the first time. She was rude, had anger issues, and was just a complete and utter B!TCH! Whoever she was, I know karma is going to kick her in the butt 10x over.

Overall, the Hoxton was fun, but the false advertising needs to stop and that girl needs to go.

joeytwoshoes / October 28, 2011 at 9:59 PM
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hey daniel, go kill yourself. Who says this: "Looks like just another cocaine and douchebag gathering place". Daniel, you are a worthless member of society, please refrain from speaking and go die alone in a dark cave.

joeytwoshoes In replying to a comment from Daniel / October 29, 2011 at 10:57 AM
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daniel, please see my post below. thanks,

Maggie In replying to a comment from sboo / October 30, 2011 at 7:28 PM
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the best way to avoid lineups is to arrive as early as possible for events :)

Maggie In replying to a comment from sboo / October 30, 2011 at 7:29 PM
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the best way to avoid line ups is to arrive early for special events :)

Gemba / November 7, 2011 at 4:51 PM
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That bartender's chin looks long enough to hang an ice bucket on. Scary.

drewjones / November 13, 2011 at 10:47 PM
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DOUCHE BAGS

Impotenza / December 5, 2011 at 12:15 PM
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r u sure that is true?
http://www.ladisfunzioneerettile.com/

proxy list / December 23, 2011 at 5:02 PM
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hey buddy, this is a very interesting article

newyears / December 28, 2011 at 12:02 PM
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Hmmm... I'm from Montreal and my friend bought us tickets to go on New year's eve, these comments do not look good.. Hope it's fun!

hollywood fx pro / January 31, 2012 at 12:19 AM
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Wonderful article and genuinely will help with comprehending the subject much better.

247 national cashline / February 3, 2012 at 4:51 AM
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I am a long time ago I read your blog and has long been saying that you're a great writer

christian / February 27, 2012 at 4:29 PM
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quite possibly the worst sound i have ever heard at a venue, including high school gyms.

eric / March 7, 2012 at 4:03 PM
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this should be a blog post on it's own. I just don't get places that try to be classy and hip like this place, and then put a worker a in the washroom that mans the paper towels and expects you to tip them. I can pee, wash and dry my hands on my own. What club owners think that the majority of club goers like this service? i think most people find it annoying.

on the plus side, it fits a good number of people, the club is well staffed with a long spread out bar, so waiting for drink is rarely an issue.

Jane / May 16, 2012 at 2:24 PM
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RIDICULOUS! This is the WORST venue i have ever attended. We went with a party of 20 girls for a bachelorette. They charged half the party cover after the girl who'd organized the event had gone inside (no one was supposed to pay since we had purchased so many bottles) the bride arrive behind the party, they had her pay cover, then wouldn't let her in the bar OR give her he money back, because one of the bouncers claimed she looked like she'd be crying. Half the girls left because A the bride wasn't there and B the venue was so bad. Didn't see a server the whole night, they placed 5 bottles on the table when we arrived for the 13 girls who actually got in and didn't show up until it was time to pay the stupid waitress her 18% gratuity. After we paid the bill the bouncers stated kicking girls out. I was grabbed so hard from behind without so much as being asked to leave that I had the imprints of the bouncer’s hands on my arms the next day! (Picture to come) Once i was outside they tried to tell me they didn't have my jackets, purses, wallet or cell phone and that they wouldn't be giving them back. Then they laughed in my face. This was of course, right after i had paid the 1300 dollar bill. Don't waste your time or money on this place, it's a nightmare.

Alice / May 16, 2012 at 2:47 PM
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Do not go there! The bouncers don't respect their paying customers and the management doesn't seem to care, as long as they get your money. I went there for my girl friends birthday. There was only 3 of us. I was driving. I take drinking and driving very seriously! But, when i went out for a cigarette with one of my girl friends they wouldn't let us back inside because i was "to intoxicated"!! They were over-capacity, that's why they wouldn't let me back in. This was after forking over 300 dollars for bottle service. I NEVER WILL I GO TO THIS PLACE AGAIN!

alice / May 16, 2012 at 3:23 PM
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I expect someone to send me an email about why my post was removed. Bad service. Trying to hide it?

JAYNESchultz / July 12, 2012 at 12:12 AM
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I had got a desire to make my own company, nevertheless I didn't earn enough of cash to do it. Thank God my friend suggested to utilize the business loans. Therefore I took the commercial loan and realized my old dream.

uk essays / July 14, 2012 at 4:40 PM
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Did you know there's a hotel in London called The Hoxton? I don't think there's any other connection apart from that, but thought I'd mention it! I'm not really a clubber (well, not anymore!), but from your description, it's the kind of place I wouldn't mind attending for a corporate shindig.

JP / September 18, 2012 at 6:42 AM
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I was overcharged here. Drinks were added to my bill that I never purchased. I would shrug this off as a honest mistake except they didn't give me an itemized bill until I requested it.
If you start a tab with them, make sure to get an itemized receipt and look it over. If they overcharge you they will take the items off.

Also the sound mix was too loud, ruined the show.

ROCK WATERFALL FOUNTAIN / July 1, 2013 at 9:10 AM
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The venue will be best complement with the present of huge outdoor water fountain. You can also see some other garden decoration here - http://www.gardenandponddepot.com/garden-gnomes/405-15-tall-smiling-garden-gnome-statue.html

Matt / September 2, 2013 at 11:31 AM
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This list is bull crap. Was just at Hoxton for my first time last night and this is the worst venue possible. The sound system is horrible and the club is too bright. #shehashadit

Karen In replying to a comment from Daniel / October 7, 2013 at 12:10 AM
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Oh would ya look at that... its still open

bouncers stomping on guys head in washroom. / November 9, 2013 at 6:09 AM
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I have been to many clubs for many years and I think it's important to kick people out if they are ruining things but last night a bouncer was literally stomping the head of a drunk idiot they had beat down in the washroom. 3 bouncers kicking and punching vs 1 drunk dude = blood covered bathroom / probably assault?

Graham / November 29, 2013 at 8:50 PM
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Rather disappointed in BlogTO for removing my comment which was had addressed the fact that I had witnessed 3 security guards physically assault and abuse a customer in the male washroom on Nov 8th 2013. Three security guards literally stomping on the head of a drunk man in the washroom before picking him up and smashing his face against the stall wall and then back to the floor at which point I yelled for them to stop. Like I said in my comment that has since been removed, I am an avid clubber and understand that security guards must take measures to ensure their own safety and the safety of other customers. This however was a complete abuse of power and should be made known to the public. BlogTO please respect the fact that readers come to your site to get an accurate unbiased account of clubs and that by removing comments which are not in violation of your commenting terms and condition, you may be helping out The Hoxton but you could potentially be harming your readers.

fiona / January 4, 2014 at 4:17 AM
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Awful awful. Tonight I watched a male security guard take down and strangle a female who was simply waiting in line to leave. Not sure what his issue was he was clearly on drugs. A few men tried to come to her defense they were also strangled amd kicled out. Sketchiest place I've ever been to. STAY AWAY.

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