2 Cats cocktail lounge
569 King West, 416-204-6261 Rating: NNNNN
VIBE This narrow, two-floor lounge nestled in the heart of that King West offshoot of the entertainment district is a slick-looking place, with lots of wood and flattering lighting. It gets crowded easily along the long bar that dominates the first floor; claustrophobics probably won't do too well, but the close quarters encourage a friendly vibe. DJs spin everything from house to rock, depending on the night.
VALUE Considering the prices common in much of the neighbourhood these days and the upscale look of the place, Cats, with beer for $5 and no cover, isn't actually that expensive.
OUTDOOR ACCESS There's a licensed patio you can get to through the second floor, but on slower nights the management tends to close off the top level.
DANCING OR LOUNGING You do see people dancing here and there, but the music is more in the background. There's barely room to stand, let alone do any fancy footwork.