567 Queen St. W.
Ambience: Charles Khabouth (Guvernment, Ultra) and Nick Di Donato (the Liberty Group) have teamed to completely transform the former Crystal Room. The result is Toronto’s latest rock venue, Tattoo Rock Parlour, which could best be described as a lounge, live concert space, club and straight-up bar rolled into one —- and yes, there is a functioning tattoo parlour on-site. Graffiti art and high-concept design elements adorn the Parlour’s interior with nods to rock gods of years past and present including Bowie, Slash and Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and John Bonham, while classic and new rock tunes blast in the background. Aesthetically and qualitatively, this is definitely not The Horseshoe. Look forward to this space establishing itself over time as an intimate environment for cutting-edge indie bands to cut their teeth.
Crowd: As Khabouth told Metro, Parlour welcomes everyone with open arms. This crowd has attitude, but with a more relaxed, congenial slant. So far they’ve skewed into their 30s, but expect that age range to widen.
Dress code: There is none to speak of, so dust off your Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars concert shirt, your biker boots and your favourite distressed jeans and wear them with pride.
Should I dance on the bar?: It hasn’t hit that stage yet, but don’t be surprised if in future many patrons (OK, hot female patrons) find their way to the top of Tattoo’s bars.
Will I get lucky: Anything can happen with Let Me Put My Love Into You cranked in the background.
Best reason to pay a visit: Because there are few places in the city where you can party and get a tattoo at the same time.
Cocktail du jour: Being a rock bar, beer and hard liquor are always fashionable. Shooters are also popular and their wine list is set to expand for those with more discerning preferences. Then there’s always bottle service. The good news: prices are refreshingly reasonable.
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 5 p.m to 2 a.m. Live bands play Tuesday through Thursday with DJs on Friday and Saturday.