MAD BAR 230 Richmond West 416-340-0089 Rating: NNNNN
VIBE This two-room medium-sized club in the heart of the club district has been a fixture in the area longer than most. Expect drum 'n' bass on Fridays and Wednesdays, while Saturdays feature more mainstream R&B sounds. The crowd is fairly young, and you're not expected to dress up too much.
SOUND AND LIGHTS The sound in the main room is decent for a venue this size. There are some trippy lights, but nothing over the top. A fair amount of sound bleeds between the two rooms, which can be annoying.
LINEUP For big-name guests there's sometimes a lineup during peak hours. In our experience it moves fairly quickly, though.
DANCING OR LOUNGING Most of the floor space in the main room is dance floor, but there is a row of benches along one wall. The much smaller second floor is more geared to sitting and chilling, but a handful of dancers can usually be found up there, too.