I have always disliked dance clubs, partly because they are excessively noisy. That more than offsets the way in which it is socially acceptable to approach strangers there, given that you are generally unable to discuss anything substantive with them. Coffee shops are quieter, but there is much less license to randomly approach people and engage them in conversation.
It would be nice if there was a kind of commercial venue that combined the spontaneous mixing of a club with the relatively peaceful atmosphere of a coffee shop. Such a place could provide a useful means of meeting a larger number of people, as well as meeting people with whom you don’t have a weak pre-existing connection through a mutual friend. In addition to widening social circles, exposing people to strangers with different perspectives could reduce the incidence of confirmation bias.
Can anyone think of any such venue, in Ottawa, Montreal, or Toronto?