• eat
  • shop
  • see
  • go
  • stay
  • daytrip
  • map
  • calendar
  • transport
  • weather
  • currency
  • tofrom

Charles Khabouth

Party Like it’s 2099 at Industrial-Chic Uniun Nightclub

Uniun Nightclub Toronto Charles Khabouth

Uniun is Charles Khabouth’s latest future-friendly nightlife hot spot

By now, Charles Khabouth knows how to set a mood. The nightlife and dining mogul has more than a dozen Toronto clubs and restaurants to his name. His latest venture, Uniun, offers a modern-industrial atmosphere for drinks and dancing in the Entertainment District. Among its many features are thousands of LED lights designed to pulsate to the music selected by big-name DJs while stylish scenesters gyrate on the large dance floor. VIP booths ring the area for those willing to splash out on bottle service, and makeup artists are staked out in the washrooms for ladies in need of a late-night touch up. —Macrina Smart

>> Uniun, 473 Adelaide St., W. 416-603-9300; uniun.com
>> Map and reviews

Enjoy Top-Quality Tapas at Patria

Patria Toronto

Patria brings Spanish style to King Street West

Charles Khabouth and Hanif Harji are at it again. The dining and nightlife impresarios recently opened the second restaurant of their high-profile King West collaboration. The first, Weslodge Saloon, is an upscale-trendy old-west bar and eatery; the latest, Patria, offers a similarly fashion-forward vibe in the form of a Spanish tapas joint. Within the boldly designed space—check out the cross-stitched feature wall—an ebullient crowd takes pleasure in an array of Latin-flavoured small plates and mains, from imported jamón ibérico ($30) to paella for the whole table ($40 to $48). The authenticity extends to the drinks menu, too, which features a number of private-order Spanish wines, plus a beer designed by Ferran Adrià.  —Craig Moy

>> Patria, 478 King St. W., 416-367-0505; patriatoronto.com
>> Map and reviews

Hot Dining: Go Modish Western at Weslodge Saloon

These days, not even the condo-dwelling, lounge-loving crowd of the King West district is immune from the trappings of hipsterdom. Witness Weslodge Saloon: the recently opened dining and late-night joint makes no bones about enticing the city’s high rollers, but it does so with a hinterland-hearkening theme—mounted animal heads on the walls, throwback bar stools, rawhide-accented servers—and decidedly old-fashioned cocktails. The lunch, dinner and brunch menus carry the western-with-a-twist motif, too, with the likes of a bourbon-fried cornish hen ($22), bison striploin with green olive tabbouleh ($26) and venison chop with pine nut hummus ($34).  —Craig Moy

Hot Dining: French Flair at La Société

Photo by George Pimentel

Toronto’s tastemakers have been out in full force ever since La Société brought Parisian glamour back to the Bloor Street strip. The large bistro from hospitality impresario Charles Khabouth exudes easy-going sophistication in a second-floor space that’s dressed with a glowing bar, leather banquettes, bronze statuettes and a handcrafted stained-glass ceiling. French classics fill the menu with such offerings as duck confit ($28) and steak frites ($26), though fresh seafood and fish dishes are definitely highlighted. With summer in full swing, request a table on the terrace or street-level patio—adjacent to Toronto’s Cartier boutique, of course—for one of the city’s better people-watching experiences.