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Ok, perhaps it’s just me travelling so much, but I love theme bars. When venue owners show their creativity in décor, of course in addition to creativity in food and drink menu, this just gives another reason to go there and be truly entertained. Why not have more fun? Why…

Here is my list:

Pravda Vodka Bar has been around for a few years and was inspired by Red Square in Las Vegas. Their theme is what I call Russian Communistic Eclecticism. You will find lots of red color, some rifles, some matryoshkas and of course Lenin as a part of the décor. All of this creates an atmosphere that simply makes your reach for a vodka shot and some caviar – yes, they have lots of this on the menu. When trying to get in however, make sure you plan ahead of time – I have made two attempts and every time failed due to extremely long lines and both times crossed the street to the next featured bar – Marché

Marché is a whole mini cluster of European food kiosks and stands surrounded by crafty seating area. Walking by some of these kiosks that offer anything from Danish pies, to Italian pizzas to French soups and crepes, will make you feel that you are in Tuscan village market square or Paris busy quarter. For more sophisticated visitors there are a number of sit down restaurants part of the venue. There is Italian, Seafood and French options to satisfy any taste. One of the best theme resto bars in Toronto.

Amsterdam Bicycle Club’s theme is in its name. Creative décor features old fashioned bicycles, stained glass

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chandeliers, and beautiful photos of Amsterdam, its surrounding towns, events and history of bicycles. Bar has opened in July 2010 and is a great fresh spot for stylish drinkers.

Tattoo Rock Parlour is not your ordinary rock club – it is a fancy, polished, theme nightclub featuring beautiful leather seating, gigantic photos of “may be you” and some “Adams Family” styled chairs. The word tattoo in the name actually has a direct meaning – you can get inked here while listening to a live band. Place is very clean and high scale, so don’t be shy bringing your business partner here.

Laide Bar uncovers a theme you would expect in Toronto – sex. To be more precise – getting laid. Theme is supported by very sincere naked body sculptures facing each other that stand so close together that it’s hard to walk by and not get touched by them. Some of the figures are actually touching themselves – ooh, ok I won’t elaborate anymore. Go there, see, experience and enjoy.

Cadillac Lounge has a theme devoted to stylish cars and Elvis. May be it’s because Elvis liked Cadillacs? Hm… who knows. Bar is famous for its patio, cozy interior and size – it’s very big. There is also a big real car hanging over the main entry, so you won’t miss it. This lounge is popular among local crowd of all different calibre – business, friend groups, birthday party celebrators.

If there are bars/pubs/lounges that didn’t make our list, please comment and I will gladly add them. Our criteria for this article were a distinctive narrow theme and creative décor that truly resembles that theme. So something like Irish bar won’t make a list, but something like “Titanic” would.

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Many of us heard that single nightclub appearance can make Zac Efron or Jude Law $10,000 a night. Historically successful artists, show biz figures and movie stars have been giving out speeches in their  spare time and it was common to pay high fees for such skilful entertainment and motivational acts. This is still highly practiced today, but over the past 10 years a new trend has emerged – to pay celebrities for simply showing up.

The highest paid celebrity appearance recorded in a nightclub industry was $350,000 paid to Lindsay Lohan by Pure Nightclub, Las Vegas. Although diva had to later repay the fee because party was cancelled due to scheduled rehab session, the fee was record breaking so far. Same club paid Paris Hilton $200,000 to celebrate her 24th birthday a few years ago. Britney Spears has also earned $350,000 for hosting a New Year’s Eve at the Pure, but this event was more than just appearance. Britney had to do more work than hang out, she gave speeches, made introductions and was expected to perform.

Another club famous for such promotion techniques is Tao Nightclub, Las Vegas. Records show $50,000 cash to Kim Kardashian and $110,000 to Pamela Anderson. Shore Club in Miami cashed $150,000 to Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz.

Why would a night venue pay such a high price for celebrity clubbing? Some clubs do state that they never pay celebs. Of course we do see photos of stars coming out of clubs posted on People, Yahoo and other websites and it is often the case that they just came to party along with everyone else. ­There is also a number of clubs owned by famous persona such as Viper Room, Los Angeles (owned by Jonny Depp), Eve, Las Vegas and Kiss, Los Angeles (both owned by Eva Longorina) where it is a given that occasionally you may spot a rightful owner who is there for a completely different reason.

There are instances, however, when clubs recruit a celebrity as part of a promotional effort to attract customers to a special event such as New Year or Prom Night. When marketing is done right, celebrities can generally account for substantial increases in business. In case of featured appearances, or so called “celeb nights”, a higher cover may be charged or much more people are expected to show up. If you do a simple math, with a cover fee of $40, all it’s needed is additional 250 people to break even on average celebrity cost. Visitors also tend to spend more on bottle service as mood is better and calibre of event is higher. Such marketing trick also becomes an instant PR as generated buzz lasts for weeks after party is over giving more credibility and fame to a club.

“Everyone pays celebrities to come to their clubs,” says Andrew Sasson, co-owner of Jet Las Vegas. “It’s all part of the marketing in this business. Anyone who tells you they don’t is lying. The question is: Do you pay with cash, or provide a jet, a meal, drinks and hotel rooms?”

As to Canadian clubs, most common to host celebrities are Muzik (David Beckham, Jude Law), The Fifth (Paris Hilton, Matt Damon) and Ultra (Lady Gaga, Perez Hilton, Lindsay Lohan).

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Pauper Pub from UtoldUs reviewToronto is one of the oldest Canadian cities, dating back to the late 18th century. Now standing as a fifth largest city of North America, Toronto has very interesting and turbulent history. First established as city of York in 1793, city has been attracting settlers from Europe and during the past 40 years from all over the world. As history captured creation of important governmental, educational and humanitarian organizations it was also kind to record creation of bars, taverns and nightclubs. In this article we present to you the oldest and most historically attractive nightlife places of Toronto.

The Wheat Sheaf Tavern (King & Bathurst) is known as Toronto’s oldest tavern (est. 1848). Even today the Wheat Sheaf’s interior still retains its charm. Its simple wooden tables and chairs create welcoming atmosphere and its simple menu is most likely not too different from 150 years ago. This tavern is hugely popular among tourists and locals and is believed to be the main drinking destination for soldiers of Fort York.

Bloor Annex area (Bloor St. & Spadina Ave.) of Toronto has more than one bar holding historical value. The Brunswick House has been established in 1876 and during the first 50 years attracted local working class. Nicknamed as “the Brunny”, this bar nowadays is a very popular among University of Toronto students due to its large menu and attractive prices. Although inside does not look like much, style and decor has maintained the history of The Brunswick House giving its visitors a feel of 19th century Toronto’s social life.

Just few buildings away from the Brunny the Paupers Pub stands as one of the most beautiful pubs in Toronto. Pub itself is relatively young, but it occupies one of the oldest buildings on the street. First built in 1914 for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce the building holds its original architecture and impresses with exterior richness. Pub takes all three floors that uniquely retain all internal bank structure with its brass posts, teller platforms and lights.

Murphy’s Law in the Beaches area is also a transformed bank. It is believed to once be a Canadian Bank of Commerce, although only a few records surfaced when we did this research. Murphy’s Law is a traditional Irish Pub that delivers the story of the largest ethnic population of the 19th century Toronto that was formed as a result of the Great Irish Famine escape and immigration to Canada.

Clinton’s Tavern located in Toronto Entertainment District opened its doors in 1937. This pre-war establishment was once divided in two distinct areas – upper for “members only” and lower for everyone else willing to spare a change for a drink. Clinton’s Tavern was reborn in 1985 to become a fully blown dancing and live music venue. According to our research Clinton’s is the oldest night club in Toronto.

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For Toronto  folks Horseshoe Tavern does not need introduction. For everyone travelling from far away, Ok… you have an excuse to ask. Horseshoe (est. In 1949) is a popular music venue where for ridiculously low price you can listen to the

UtoldUs Andrew Cole at Horseshoe Tavern

best quality music and meet anyone from your old weirdo neighbour to Paris Hilton (and yes she was there too) disregarding who is playing. This is the place where people come primarily to listen to performing bands as oppose to regular hanging out and drinking. Although drinking at Horseshoe is also wonderful. This tradition emerged through the years, perhaps because people who came in to hang out were so captivated by music on stage that they came out as listeners.

Horseshoe Tavern is known for promoting new talents. We visited a new talent event recently and would like to help the Tavern in this great mission and cover some of the bands in this blog.

Andrew Cole is a Canadian singer and a music songwriter. At the Horseshoe Andrew delivered his incredible talent through songs out of his new album “Why We Wonder”. As far as music identity is concerned, depending on the song, you’d place him anywhere between rock, folk, country and mix of three blended with electric sound. His magnetic voice delivers self written songs that have very deep meaning and capture the audience from the first seconds. Andrew is a rising star, now in a team of a professional manager, without any doubt will soon become a national star and we were very happy to hear his act at the Horseshoe.

UtoldUs Hot White Chocolate Horseshoe Tavern

Hot White Chocolate made their live performance debut at the Horseshoe with several rock songs. Band members B

Smith (lead vocals, guitar), Johnny Bodega (drums, percussion), Paul Joachim (guitars, keyboards) and Myles O’Brien (bass, backing vocals) immediately attracted the audience with very solid and energetic solos. The band’s memorable drums and guitars sounded like the band has been together for much longer than a year (band est. 2009). Don’t be humble Hot White Chocolate –  talent is wings!

The Black Devils Brigade is a Toronto rock and roll band has really raised the audience from their seats. Band members Jimmy,

UtoldUs Black Devils Brigade

Danny, Ted and Erik deliver rock with a unique blues accent, great solo and phenomenal energy. They had fun playing – we had fun drinking and drinking and drinking…

So … next time you go by Queens St & Spadina Ave in Toronto drop in to Horseshoe for a drink and who knows, maybe you will get lucky to get entertained by a great music talent.

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We have been hitting a lot of clubs lately and over time came to a very interesting realization – 70% of all people who go out are single! In fact it appears that sole purpose of going out, to night clubs specifically, is to get a partner. Girls come to pick guys, guys come to pick girls, or guys to pick guys, girls pick girls. By “picking” I mean, pick as a short-term or long-term partner. Almost no people come with what it seems a partner – boyfriend or girlfriend. And those who are not alone are often at early state of the relationships.

Is it that after we hook up with somebody, we no longer like to dance to loud music with couple of drinks?

One reason could be because when people are not very close, clubbing atmosphere takes attention away from negative sides of appearance and personality. Unless you are a good observer, it is unlikely that you’ll learn a lot of depth about a character, career and even appearance of someone you just met in a club. Because of the lighting and fun music, you’ll likely be more attracted to that person. Girl will look at her best with all that makeup, cute little dress and high heels. Or at least she will pick her best clothing and make her hair so you’ll like it. Meet her on the street next day, you may be surprised what you see. Guys will likely have nice perfume and dress shoes on. If not, at least they will have their favourite clean shirt and smile on. Mood is also important. In club your mood is good. You have a few drinks, chat with friends and get into a playful mood which adds to impression of meeting new people.

And this all good, great in fact. But, what happens after you get closer to your partner. Why clubs is no longer cool? Good reasons are that you find entertainment in something less public – watching a movie together, go shopping, travelling. You will still go out, but more to lounge type of venues, restaurants, wine bars that let you concentrate more on talking and listening.

So, my conclusion is:  clubs  – perfect for dating, lounges and wine bars – for deep level of relationships, comedy clubs – for very long time relationships that need a boost hehehe…

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First, a few words about why links are important. If you have a website for your business or venue you most likely want people to find you on the net as often as possible. It is great if people know that you have a website and go there by typing your URL directly in the browser. But what if these people just came for a visit from out of town and Googled or Yahooed “best pub in Toronto for over 40 crowd” or “limousine service in Hamilton”? Is there a chance your website will come up in search results?

Most of search engines put you on the top of search results based on how much you paid for keywords or how many back links you have to your website from other relevant websites. The theory behind this is that Google and its peers think that the more people link to you (thus talk about you on the net) the more important you are. Everything is even more complicated as search engines like relevant links. If you are a DJ for example and someone back linked to you from their Shore Repair website or some completely irrelevant place this link won’t be considered by search giants. So, you need to have as many RELEVANT links as you can.

If you would like to learn more about link building, we recommend reading the Search Engine Watch magazine or starting with the Link Building 101 article. In a lot of cases businesses will cooperate with each other and exchange links. We at UtoldUs (http://www.utoldus.com) provide great relevant ways for you to build links to your website. Depending on your UtoldUs profile type you have different options for link building such as:

Night Clubs and Venues:

–         Put a link in the information section by clicking the Edit Information button on your profile. This is a good place to link to your website and related pages of your site such as bookings, schedule, movies etc.

–         Link to the VIP list, event page on your website, or just your website when creating event on the invitation card. When creating events on UtoldUs we give you an option to also name a link. Instead of the URL the name will appear on the card and if clicked will bring the user to the URL you set. Search engines like named links giving them more rankings. Don’t just name a link “Click Here”, name it “Lady Ga Ga Party Tickets”.

–         Link to promotion coupons or pages that talks about promotions at your venue on promotion cards. When creating a promotion give links a relevant name such as “Razz Club Promo Coupons” instead of just “Print Coupon Here”.

Professionals and Businesses:

–         Put a link on your profile by clicking on Edit Information button. Clickable link will appear beside Website label on your page.

–         Create links in the Samples section on your profile. These could be links to specific pages of your portfolio. If you are a web designer it could be links to your client websites that you created. If you are a promoter, these could be links to events on your client website. Link to your blog, specific blog articles, twitter, facebook … be creative, there are many places you can link to. Your clients will appreciate it and you will get more traffic to your website. We ask you to give links a name so it appears on the page instead of the entire URL. Search engines like named links giving them more ranking. Don’t just name a link “My blog”, name it “Mark Smith’s Blog”.

–         Link to the VIP list, events page on your website, or just your website when creating event on the invitation card. Event links, similar to sample links can have a name, so be creative with that to maximize link effectiveness. Name it “DJ Bono Party Tickets” instead of just “Click here for tickets”

We are open to more ideas about what other link building tools we can create on UtoldUs. E-mail us or comment on this article and we will be happy to have a discussion.

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If you are a night club, lounge, party bar, wine bar, pub, sports bar, comedy club or any other venue that is in the night entertainment business, UtoldUs Club Memberships is for you. Here are the benefits:

 –         Get exposure for your Venue on the Web. Even if you are already a member of similar networks, you should still join UtoldUs. The more exposure you have the more popular you are.

–         Deliver news to your fans in a cutting edge way. Since you are not likely to send flyers and direct e-mail to people who visit you at night because you don’t know who these people are, UtoldUs takes care of your communication channel by creating a direct bridge between you and your customers.

–         Get more fans. As people explore our site and become party buddies of each other, they will see your club on their fan list and add themselves to it too. In addition once you register, all party buddy and professional members in your city will receive automatic notification that you are now a member.

–         Make announcements about events and promotions in the most effective way. With one click of a button all your fans will receive news about events and promotions. They will then share them with other buddies and keep spreading the news.

–         Increase searchability of your own web site on the net by creating inbound links to your site. As you may know, to become more searchable on major search engines such as Google, Yahoo and others, inbound links from other sites is a key. UtoldUs has multiple ways to create inbound links through our features, thus giving you ways to advertise your own website.

–         Recruit good people. On UtoldUs you can post employment opportunities at your club and everyone, even non-members can see it. You can also take advantage of UtoldUs communication tools to interact with Business & Professional members to do business with them. You can get a lot of information about them from our site.

–         Sustain your “cutting edge” image by becoming our member. You customers are now using Internet to communicate with their friends and through UtoldUs they can now communicate with you. Membership is free. Our site is very easy to use and takes literally minutes to set up.

–         Have some fun. UtoldUs’ sole purpose is to give people a way to have more fun. More fun communicating, more fun going out, more fun marketing your venue. Don’t take everything too serious, work can be fun too!

Sign up and start playing!

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