El Convento Rico

El Convento Rico, Toronto: Hours, Address, El Convento Rico Reviews: 3.5/5

El Convento Rico
3.5
Bars & Clubs • Gay Bars • Dance Clubs & Discos
Friday
9:00 PM - 3:30 AM
Saturday
9:00 PM - 3:30 AM
About
The Latin beat beckons one and all -- straight, gay, and otherwise -- to this lively club. If you don't know how to samba, you can pick up the basics at the Friday- and Sunday-night dance lessons, but if you don't learn, no one on the jam-packed dance floor will notice. There's a substantial hetero contingent that comes out just to watch the fabulous drag queens -- and don't be surprised if you encounter a bachelorette party in progress.
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The area
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Neighbourhood: Little Italy
Toronto's Little Italy is a city hotspot for cafe culture and nightlife. There's something for everyone in Little Italy, apparent from the cross-section of clubbers in glitzy dresses, and elderly couples arm-in-arm heading to their favorite wine or pasta spot. Cafes spill onto the wide sidewalks, pool lounges and bars are always teeming with noise and activity, and both outdoor and indoor marketplaces are packed with fresh fish, cured meats, and pungent cheeses. All of the activity makes it a perfect spot for people-watching, especially over a nice glass of red wine or a quick and sumptuous slice of pizza at one of the many eateries or trattorias in the area.

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Kaitlin M
88 contributions
Amazing Security
Dec 2019 • Friends
I have never witnessed such a high level of respect for women and their safety while clubbing as I did tonight. I wish I had gotten his name but he was about 6 foot, of african american descent and more importantly an angel. He protected a group of women who were being harassed as though they were his own sisters and I can honestly say that his dedication to creating a safe place for women moved me. Never have I experienced such a high regard for a woman's safety, he was relentless in educating the men as to proper etiquette when approaching women and his actions tonight (friday December 20th) were commendable. Please recognize him for going above and beyond to make your female clients feel safe within the boundaries of your establishment. What a selfless and kind hearted man, hes truly an asset to your team.
Written 21 December 2019
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Juan G
Toronto, Canada2 contributions
A lot of fun!
Mar 2019 • Couples
This club had a really high energy, the people were very lively and the drag show was pretty good. My wife and I really enjoyed it
Written 27 March 2019
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Thank you very much for the kind review!
Written 2 October 2019
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linds
Aurora, Canada2 contributions
So much fun!
Jan 2019 • Friends
First time there and we had a great time! Cover was bit pricey but drinks were affordable. Had to wait in line for a bit but once we were in we had a great time!
Written 27 January 2019
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urubel63
Toronto, Canada1 contribution
Having fun ,
Sep 2018 • Friends
After waiting in line for two hours finally we could make it so, yayyy we are in, now this small group were a friend of mine with our daughters, we really enjoy the music a lot reggeaton we looooove it, hopefully soon we want to came back and with that music 👏👏👏 is pure energy,fun fun fun
Written 23 September 2018
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Christian I
Toronto, Canada38 contributions
Great place for Latin@s
Feb 2018 • Friends
After wasting 2 or 3 hours at the Church & Wellesley area going door after door looking for a nice place to stay for a few drinks, we decided to go west on College to El Convento Rico. The place is clean and spacious. Great dance music. Good door service & coat check. BUT.... not a gay place anymore. Lots and lots of very young girl groups dancing by themselves... waiting for the drag shows to start. Everybody seemed to be very open-minded and tolerant though....which is really good in 2018
Written 4 February 2018
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Leonardo Rocha
Toronto, Canada177 contributions
Funny place
Aug 2017 • Friends
If you look for a place to have fun, you need to go to El Convento Rico. Latin, English, and Brazilian songs are played there. Isn't a expensive place. Good to celebrate some moments such as birthday, pre wedding and have fun with friends. I really recommend this place. Easy access by TTC.
Written 23 August 2017
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Vito P
Toronto, Canada5 contributions
A complete Rip Off
Aug 2017 • Friends
My best friend is getting married in the week, so we decided to do a night on the town for her. I asked her to pick a place she thought would be fun to go dancing. Unfortunately she picked this place. I've been to El Convento Rico before. Experience's have always been okay in the past. But last night was a disaster. We got there at 10:45 PM. As soon as we got there we noticed the staff aggressive and mean. There were two people paying at the door a $15 cover charge, we stayed behind them and the bouncers quickly shoved us into a waiting line where there was literally no one waiting. He kept us there for 10 minutes, and then allowed us to proceed to pay for our cover charges to go in. I thought that was really weird for starters, considering there was no one in line in front of us and behind us. We were the only ones there being held back. I figured they did this because the club was full downstairs. This place is in a basement. After paying $45 for the three of us to go in I get to the bottom of stairs and there're less than 20 people in the club. Right off the bat that started off as a warm welcome. Then we made our way to the bar where we find out everything is cash, my friends have no money on them they only had credit cards and debit cards. So I covered the first round of drinks. The bartender was cocky and unkind. I figured a $4 tip on $11 would soften him up a bit,
But it didn't, not even a smile or thank you. Then the place got loaded up, stuffy as hell. The ratio of Spanish music to English music at one point was more than 2/3. I went to the DJ and requested a song, he rolled his eyes like I was bothering him said he would play it and for the next hour And a half nothing happened no song. After dancing for an hour and half it got so stuffy in that small overcrowded basement I could barely breathe. I needed some fresh air. So my friends and I decided to go outside for a breath of air. God for bid you're smoker and want a smoke break. I'm not, and neither of my 2 friends. We get outside we take a five minute breather. Only to find out that we have to get into a re-line to get back in. The line for people with stamps to reenter on their hands was enormous. I counted over 40 people waiting to get back in, on the other side of the door, they had the people waiting to buy tickets to get in. The bouncers let 10 of those in to collect there $15, then would allow two to reenter on our side. After waiting 45 minutes, missing the drag queen show that we originally came for we gave up and left the club. We were nowhere near entry after 45 minutes of waiting. They held us there like cattle. Not one staff member was polite. What a waste of $45 and a night. It really ruined it for my friend. She really had her heart set on watching the show. Toronto is full of amazing clubs I wish we had picked another one. I would suggest staying away from this place. There're so many nice clubs in Toronto. With really nice classy stuff. This one is definitely the lower end. They're only there to take your money they don't care if you have a good time. I've been to this place at least a half a dozen times. Experiences in The past have always been mediocre. This experience is the one that has made me decide to never go back there again. I will tell all my friends the same.
Written 13 August 2017
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dtvl
Halton Hills, Canada181 contributions
Friday Night at the Rico
Jun 2017
We reserved a table with bottle service and would recommend this option as it gives you and your guests a reserved spot to sit while you're not dancing. The atmosphere is friendly. Fortunately, we arrived early enough to take part in the dancing lessons; while we're not all coordinated it was good fun. The MC and DJ ensure it's a lively beat all night long. The drag queen show that happens at 1a is very entertaining. It's loud and fun all night long. A mix of legal ages, a variety of dress - wear what you want.
Written 1 July 2017
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samantha c
Philadelphia, PA38 contributions
Great spot for dancing
May 2016 • Couples
What a great spot for dancing! great music, not super crowded either. mixed crowed with people just happy to be there! great drag show!
Written 15 June 2016
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glassb2016
Toronto, Canada5 contributions
GREAT NIGHT OUT
Apr 2016 • Friends
Amazing night with my girls, the drag show at midnight was AWESOME. 15$ Is on the pricier side for cover but its DEFINITELY worth it.
Written 12 April 2016
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