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Address: 132 Queens Quay East, Toronto, Ontario M5A 3Y5, Canada
Phone Number: +1 416-869-0045
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Fri - Sat 10:00 pm - 7:00 am

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Koolhause, aka the old Warehouse for those of us to remember

I went to the Common concert last night with my hubby as he is a big hip hop fan. Thus, not a huge special effects production. This venue is basically focused on the musician and... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed December 12, 2014
Markham, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2015

Over priced, No big DJ's there anymore like back in the day. Can't get a drink at the bar to save your life. Will be standing there for hours. Toronto needs a new live night club.

Thank Mike A
Markham, Canada
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16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2014

I went to the Common concert last night with my hubby as he is a big hip hop fan. Thus, not a huge special effects production. This venue is basically focused on the musician and their performance talents without any other distractions. It's a bare bones venue, everything that you need for a concert: - several bars with about half... More 

Thank nofilter
Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2014 via mobile

I've been on i government on many occasions to watch big DJs. I tried to take my friends there tonight to show them a good time. Not a huge DJ playing. It was $50 to get in. I've payed less than that to see tiesto. Ridiculous money. Even the bouncers were saying the that government has deteriorated. Don't bother. Just... More 

Thank Sean_Beck
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2014

This has to be one of the weirdest places I have ever been! I visited on a Saturday night, firstly the cover charge was excessive for what it was! As I entered the club I began to notice the dress code was not what you would expect with people finding it normal to wear vest tops on a night out... More 

2 Thank Conor L
Brockville, Canada
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15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2014

I went to a concert that hadn't exactly sold out, and could have looked really empty in lots of other venues. While the security and ticket services were really crazy (mostly because of management for the artist) the hall at guvernment ended up looking great and suited the audience and artist really well.

1 Thank Rebecca B
Toronto, Canada
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2014

This place was awfulllll!! We paid 1000$ as a group for the cabana booth at skybar. First we get there and they wouldnt honour the comps, we had to argue with the bouncer to get free cover. Then, after getting a way too intense pat down (as a female) we have to wait in an extremely long lineup just to... More 

2 Thank jess m
Whitby, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2014

Terrible security system. Tried to get in twice only to be mistaken for someone else who got kicked out? What kind of security system is run by face recognition? Try scanning tickets and then Decide whos in the wrong. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY HERE GO SOMEWHERE ELSE

3 Thank Morgame17
Portsoy, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2013

a very dear friend of mine works in a restaurant in kl, the boss there I s a pure monster. a customer had complained about there bill so the manager took it out on my friend who is a waiter. she swore at him and told him to leave. as he was about to leave the premises the bouncer set... More 

1 Thank ada325
Macedonia, Ohio
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41 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2013

I visited the Guvernment center to see the Band Deftones. It was extremely sketchy upon entry. We were waiting in line, and there's no security outside to ensure the patrons ( entering the building are safe) Upon entry we were checked by security, to make sure we didn't have any type of contraband on us. There's also a coat check,... More 

1 Thank alana890
Toronto, Canada
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18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013

Well... I mean bad... This place can be described with one word Huge. Huge installations Huge music system Huge lasers Huge heat inside Huge non-sense Huge sweaty dudes Huge inability to serve the customer nicely Huge dissapointment Huge freaks Huge drugs Besides from this I can say that the bartenders in the ground floor are arguably one of the most... More 

1 Thank JPD89

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