Planning an event in Toronto’s East End?
5 years ago we wrote a blog article called “It’s My East End Party,” which helped dozens of people in their search for the right event space from Leaside through Riverdale and onto Leslieville. Since then, many of those sweet places have closed or changed. Thankfully, a host of chic new options east of the DVP have emerged, and the East End scene has never looked better.
Amsterdam Barrel House, 87 Laird Drive – Brand-spanking new and ready to pour, the people from Amsterdam have taken over what was formally Against The Grain location, a stones throw away from their brewery in Leaside. The decor is tasteful and will appeal to the high-end local crowd. The menu is diverse, and the party room upstairs is screaming for bookings of around 80 people. The highlight of the 2nd floor is the giant connecting patio. Contact email@example.com
Amsterdam Brewery, 45 Esandar Drive – When the old brewery at King & Bathurst got pushed out for condo towers, many people confused the stunning waterfront restaurant Amsterdam Brew House as the new home of the famous Toronto-based brewers. In fact, where the beer is brewed is in Leaside; a well kept secret in the industrial area of Laird and Eglinton. Locals know it as a perfect place to buy some brews to take home, but most people don’t know this is a great place to host a party. It’s a blank slate with suds on tap and a big screen ready to show the big game. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Braised, 896 Queen Street East – Sam used to own and operate the local fav Chinchilla Lounge above Lolita’s Lust on Danforth. (I personally hosted 2 parties there before it closed last year.) Sam now welcomes patrons to Braised in Leslieville, and is willing to book out the space for private parties. It’s intimate, seating 50 diners, or 60 cocktail-style. It was the perfect size for a really nice 40th birthday party we did last year, with enough space to put a dance floor by the big front windows. Contact Sam at email@example.com
Broadview Hotel, 106 Broadview Avenue – This 125-year-old historic building used to be the home of the infamous gentleman club Jillys. Today it’s the cornerstone of Leslieville, 58 guest rooms and 5 event spaces are modernized and ready for a different kind of action. The 3,000 square foot Lincoln Hall will be the focal point for events with it’s own deck (featured in photo atop this article), while the 7th floor will have an unobstructed view of the skyline. We are still waiting to see the inside, but we have already been contacted by clients who have booked the space for 2017 weddings. Contact Sabrina at SBudhu@thebroadviewhotel.ca
Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Avenue – Streetcar Developments knew they wanted this ground floor space to be attractive to the Riverdale community. So they built a modern theatre/event space to host performances, events and parties. The capacity is a huge draw: ceremonies can seat 200 guests in the Guloien Theatre, and if you have a really extensive guest list, you can have up to 350 cocktail-style. Bonus points from the DJ’s perspective as the acoustics are phenomenal. Fiona is already getting inquiries for corporate events and weddings. Contact Fiona at firstname.lastname@example.org
District 28, 28 Logan Avenue – In an area of Toronto that is seldom seen by anyone (unless you are heading to the Gardiner Expressway) an adventurous project consisting of a coffee shop, workspaces, catering company, and several hip events spaces has emerged. What was once a 18,000 sq-ft factory has become an modern multi-media facility. There are rooms big enough to drive cars into for video shoots, with curved white walls repainted daily. This is where graffiti parties, break dance festivals, and the coolest corporates are held. You might even be bold enough to plan your wedding here. Contact Josh at email@example.com
Farside, 600 Gerrard Street East – We had a 40th birthday book the Farside out last year, after the client realized that having the party in her home was going to be too much work. Farside offers the comforts of a house party, but someone else will worry about the clean up the next day. They are open every night. Contact Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nōmads Restobar, 699 Danforth Ave – What Danforth probably doesn’t need is another restaurant. What it does need is a venue space to replace the old Chinchilla Lounge above Lolita’s Lust, which closed to the dismay of many in the hood. Nomads is a restaurant, lounge and bar with a DJ booth, dance floor and some pretty cool art installations (their washrooms are designed to look like a subway platform). The cozy venue, which can hold 65 people, is available for buyouts, and the owner Jonathan is interested in getting you a reasonable price that reflects the day of the week and any special requests. Contact email@example.com
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