Early last week Paula buzzed me to invite me out to hang with her and Stephanie at the Bovine Sex Club. Steve and I hit the place at about 11:15 and there was a speed metal band playing. They weren’t bad, for a speed metal band, but speed metal just isn’t my thing. Truth be told, every single song sounded exactly the same to me. So, we’re standing there, basically suffering to speed metal, and there’s no Paula or Steph. I called Paula and she, Steph, and Hernan were next door at The Velvet Underground. So we head over to meet them there. Now, the Velvet’s got kind of a cool look on the inside, but the music sucks – I felt like I was in an iPod commercial. No word of a lie, every second song was used in an iPod ad. I was expecting silhouetted dancers to appear at any moment. I like those ads when they’re 30 seconds long and spaced out over many days, but living them one after another is NOT my idea of a good time. Anyway, it was nice to hang with Paula and Steph, but Steph wasn’t feeling well so after a while she decided to head home. We walked her to her car and after she left we decided to try out a place Hernan recommended, Neutral. Unfortunately, by the time we got to Neutral, they’d closed up. It’d been a really dead night so they closed up early. We wound up adjourning to The Savage Garden. Since the closure of The Sanctuary Vampire Sex Bar, Savage has been about my favourite place in Toronto. It’s pretty small, but it has a good crowd of regulars and the music’s always great. After about an hour at Savage, Steve and I decided to call it a night. I’d not been barhopping like that in a long while, and it was a good bit of fun. I’m looking forward to the next time.