City Living: Friday Night Live at the ROM

Looking for something different to do tonight? We’re on it! Each Friday evening from 6 p.m. onwards, school groups are out and the party is on during Friday Night Live @ ROM (aka #FNLROM), the latest and most unexpected 19+ art/music/food event in the city. 

As soon as you arrive, you realize something different is up. A bouncer? Line-up? Short skirts and heels? No baby strollers or children screaming about dinosaurs? Cover is a bargain at $9, which gets you in to the party and all of the galleries. 

It’s busy, we promise.
The entire ROM is open, so stroll through the natural history, world culture, dinosaur galleries and bat cave at your leisure. ROM staff and volunteers are set up with artifacts and displays tying their gallery to the theme of the night. (You can’t bring your food and drinks into the actual galleries, but there are a number of bars set up in different spaces throughout the museum). After a few drinks, the coral reef or leaf-cutter ant colony has never looked so interesting. 
Running through the batcave screaming – every Ontarian’s birthright.
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The galleries close at 9:30 p.m., but then everyone converges in the atrium, decked out with a massive dance floor, pop-up food stations from Fidel Gastro, Jamie Kennedy, Waffle Bar and c5, and a bar serving wine, beer and the stronger stuff. #FNLROM currency of choice is “ROM bucks” that you exchange your cash for. 1 ROM buck = $1, with most food and beer selling for $5 and wine for $6.

Apres-work snack – c5 noodle box.
What surprised us the most was how popular the event has become, and so quickly. The place was PACKED! Lots of first dates, groups of girls dressed for a club afterwards, groups of guys who must have heard that girls like guys who hang out at museums… everyone was having a blast. The DJ switches every week, but the night we went the music had everyone on the dance floor. 

Drink and dance amidst the dinos.
You have just two weeks left (including tonight!) to check out the #FNLROM party. (Although based on its popularity, we’re pretty confident it’ll be back). 

Tonight’s theme is FUTALONGNKO-WHAT?, with the ROM unveiling a 110-foot-long Futulognkosaurus, and, showing that they have a sense of humour, a signature foot-long artisanal hot dog (get it? foot-long-a-saurus?). Music is by DJ Dave Allison featuring Higgins.

The final night (June 22), iDrum Presents Gondwana Beats, is the opening party for the ROM’s new exhibition Ultimate Dinosaurs: Giants of Gondwana. iDrum will bring their unique sounds to the gallery, as well as performances by DiGGY the DJ (of Down with Webster) and DJ Jay Sea.

See you there!