Betty Ford Temple
469 King West (through alley),416-598-4050
VIBE A weird mishmash of aesthetics: some goth undertones, but also the clean, modern, converted-warehouse look popular in new, upscale clubs. The music varies, since all but Saturday nights are farmed out. Lately, there've been a bunch of drum 'n' bass parties, but house is more often the soundtrack.
FEATURES Two levels. The darker upper one - overlooking the main bar, which opens onto a small walled-in patio - has lots of couches and houses the DJ booth. The lower level is more open but has one booth in the corner. The sound has improved since the club opened as Temple, but it's still more of a lounge than a club. The name change is puzzling, as the owners must know that the other T.O. bar named after the rehab centre had to change its name. Maybe they're optimistic people.
VALUE Not much worse than any of the neighbouring bars. Drinks are on the pricey side. Cover isn't generally that high, but can be for special events.
BATHROOMS Clean and functional, but their basement location makes it feel like the ceiling is going to collapse when people are dancing.