Patent Social Brings Maturity and Nostalgia to Uptown Waterloo

Patent Social Brings Maturity and Nostalgia to Uptown Waterloo

When you think of a bar or nightclub, you would generally associate it with a loud, vibrant, party-like atmosphere where hearing your own voice would come as a blessing.

Sure, it’s fun on occasion, but not every night has to be a hangover-inducing, dance-your-face-off party night. Yet, when we are looking for a place to go in Uptown Waterloo that offers the mature atmosphere of a bar along with a more relaxed, laid-back setting, there are few options.

This is the void that Rami Said, general manager of Patent Social, has filled.

“it's not like you're walking into a nightclub that's overbearingly loud and you're forced to dance," he said. "It's more that if you want to dance, it's available, but you can still just kind of hang around and chat with people and that's cool.”

“We don't want to be that student nightclub where everybody just comes to get super drunk and that's kind of all we are." 

 Photo: Chris Hussey

Photo: Chris Hussey

Patent Social is a bar and lounge with a twist, as it offers an eclectic mix of live performances, retro video games, and food and drinks. It is located at 17 Erb St. E. in Waterloo, which was formerly the Viet Sun restaurant at the corner of Erb and Regina streets. 

This unique establishment caters to those looking for a drink, while offering a wide array of entertainment that you definitely will not find at your average club. And it doesn't stop there, as it also pays homage and provides some insight into Waterloo Region's history and culture.

“The 'patent' part of the name comes from a plan to put artistic interpretations of famous local patents, like the original BlackBerry, on the wall and other patents in the public domain that give a sense of the innovation that was created in this community," he said. 

These murals are painted on the walls of the venue, giving it a distinctive aesthetic and atmosphere. While Said had the vision of how he wanted this to look, it was local contemporary artist Krista Weinhardt who actually brought it to life. 

“It is line art painted on the wall as I perceived it from a reference photo," she said. "I have studied each one over and over, sketched it over and over and then changed things that don't visually work in the space in which it's being painted." 

 Photo: Chris Hussey

Photo: Chris Hussey

 Photo: Chris Hussey

Photo: Chris Hussey

Patent Social is already attracting several performers to the venue to showcase their skills. Live music performances and comedy acts are just a few of the many events that are scheduled for the future.

Kitchener native and professional comedian Landry recently entertained at Patent Social as part of the Kitchener-Waterloo Comedy Festival in one of the venue's first events, which was met with overwhelmingly positive response. The 40-year-old performer gave some insight into how he approaches his comedic act,

“99 percent of the things I write are based on life experiences so you're not going to see a lot of fiction at my shows," he said. "Everything I talk about has happened or I've seen happen. Its a little easier to write a joke that way because I can attach an emotion to it." 

“Anybody with a little bit of a dysfunctional background or who has had like a unique upbringing, you're gonna have a lot of material to draw from."

 Photo: Chris Hussey

Photo: Chris Hussey

 Photo: Chris Hussey

Photo: Chris Hussey

Whether you want to come and listen to live local comedians, musicians and DJs, play some Mario Kart with your friends in the lounge, or come out to one of the many events, there is never a dull moment at Patent Social.

For more information, visit their website at https://www.patentsocial.ca.

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