lincoln (431 richmond west, 416-603-4152)
CONCEPT Small, luxurious lounge on the outskirts of clubland. To set the exclusive tone, there's no sign outside, just the old one reading Lindsey Drew Fashion. DJs spin each night, playing music to drink to, or if it's full enough, dance to. Sounds are eclectic. Thursdays feature indie and Brit pop, Fridays focus on deep house, and Saturdays rotate through various deep and jazzy sounds.
VIBE Pretty mellow. It's quiet enough for conversation, and there are several booths toward the back. Tends to be either packed or empty, because it doesn't take much to fill it up. A night can turn into a sweaty, intimate party or a very chilled-out lounge.
VALUE No cover, and the coat check is do-it-yourself, which makes it cheaper than many competitors. But drinks are pricey. Stick to liquor, as the drinks are always generous.
BATHROOMS Like the rest of the club, clean and swank. No washroom attendant to tip, which is nice to see in an upscale venue.