Standard songs include some hardcore Tool and the like, which isn't my fave. but crowd-pleasers by the Killers are likely, and Metric's Dead Disco has played every time I've been there. They also tend to play The Bravery's An Honest Mistake, which is enjoyable, as well as an odd mix of other stuff, both new and nineties. (A little No Doubt, a little 80s, a little indie, all danceable, but no techno or house. It's all lyric-driven stuff.)
Andy the bartender (also mentioned by other reviewers) remains on staff and in the past, has been nice enough to hide my coat behind the bar so I wouldn't have to bother with the coat-check thing. Regardless, though, I generally just leave my jacket balled up on a chair or in a corner and I've never had a problem.
Another thing I like about the Velvet is that people tend to leave you alone and let you dance. If you're looking to pick up, I'm sure you could, but if you just want to head out for some fun with friends, you're unlikely to be harassed at the Velvet, and that's a great, invaluable thing. Sure, dudes will occasionally "get all up in your dance space," as they say (and as bar-going-guys they tend to do), but gentle rebuffs will send them packing, leaving you free to dance on.
It's not a club-like club, and it's not a bar-like bar. The Velvet is your basic, dark, dance hole. It's nothing special, but it's not bad either. I approve.
The Velvet Underground
510 Queen Street W
Toronto, ON M5V 2B3
*Photo by Tim Duffels from Stock Xchng.