It’s everything. It’s nothing. It’s whatever you want it to be. That’s the catchy copy on Black Pearl’s website, the new downtown Toronto spot that opened earlier this month. Striking a fine balance between elevated-yet-casual, the bar is perfect for all your ‘night-out needs’ including post-work happy hours with colleagues to late-night dancing with friends – and everything in between.
“Black Pearl is part after-work hangout, part late-night cocktail emporium, part live band and DJ show destination, part street art gallery, part pool hall…and so much more,” says Stephanie Jarvis, the Marketing Director of Scale Hospitality, the company that owns Black Pearl.
Melding all aspects of art, culture, music and dance, there is quite literally something for everyone. For the nearby office crowd, it’s a comfortable and cool after-work hangout for five-dollar happy hour drinks, snacks and a round of pool. For those looking to extend their evening without hitting up a club, it’s the ideal post-dinner spot for some good music and lively energy without the pretension of a nightclub. For cocktail aficionados and live music seekers, it’s the place to try elevated sips, barrel-aged cocktails while checking out some live bands. Art and entertainment lovers can slip inside late night, and peruse the art-filled space and watch it evolves when the DJ set begins. Accompanying the live spinning? Tons of surprise entertainers like a prima ballerina dancing through the various rooms.
Think of Black Pearl as a venue, offering the same high quality performance elements avid concert-goers want but in a really intimate, comfortable, stylish setting where you can sip good drinks and snack on comfort food classics, like late-night Twinkies, burgers, an array of salads and New York-style pizza slices.
“What makes Black Pearl unique is the kitchen is open from 5 all the way to 2 a.m. so people nosh literally all afternoon to late night,” adds Stephanie.
Black Pearl’s interior oozes street-cool-meets-designer-comfort via its living room feel and an all-over rock ‘n’ roll vibe. The subtle but vibrant red doorway with dark metal paneling leads entrants into a foyer of dramatic red velvet drapery. Giving a sense of the unexpected, the eclectic look is captured using oversized vintage furniture and high texture fabrics, with a mix of antique lamps, candles, and flea-market finds. Unique, curated art installations in every room, preloved pool tables, and custom wallpaper featuring hundreds of iconic musician faces add to the lived-in style of the brick space.
Pick your themed night, grab your people and come hungry (and thirsty). The 184 Pearl Street spot is open Monday – Saturday from 5:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.