The kegs are changed, and the beers are cold and bubbly as LinX Lounge ushers in a new semester.
The popular campus pub has recently undergone a facelift in an effort to make it a more inviting, and trendy spot for thirsty students to de-stress.
With new inclusive artwork, a bar-splash, and menu options, the North campus bar caters to a wide diversity of students.
“I like the new changes. It feels awesome and accepting for new students,” said second year mechanical engineering student Kiet Ngo. “I especially love the new dance floor.”
LinX receives money from sponsors in exchange for the promotion of their products. The outcome is that LinX is able to generate an annual surplus.
This year, they decided to take advantage of that and re-image themselves as a trendy, hip place for students.
“Every year we have a budget for renovations, and this is our first reno in a few years,” said assistant manager Allie McKinnon. “Normally we just do cosmetic changes, such as paint, but this year we decided to splurge.”
These changes come as a slight shock after the backlash LinX faced from administration last year.
The redesigned LinX has been well received.
Its great. It’s a very cool new place to be,” said William O’Connor, a Humber student through the Community Integration through Cooperative Education program.
The atmosphere of the bar has changed.
Staff and students alike could be seen walking into LinX with a surprised look in their eyes.
“Most people really like it. We have had lots of good reactions, people are shocked – lots of people seem to be taking selfies at the new sign,” said bartender Rebecca Morency.
“We wanted a trendier place for students that was also a welcoming environment for students,” said McKinnon. “ We wanted to provide students a cozy and safe environment.”
LinX may be able to make a few more minor adjustments in the near future with the surplus of money,
“More stuff may happen over the Christmas break,” said McKinnon.
Humber Lakeshore student Moises, who preferred a first name basis for anonymity, is currently enrolled in the arts program, and painted the murals in LinX.
“I wanted to do something that represents Toronto and incorporates music into it,” he said. “Which is why I went with the city scape of Toronto.”
Other art pieces students will notice are located in the washrooms.
“LinX staff had their own agenda, but once they saw what I can do they basically gave me free rein to do what I wanted,” said Moises.