Planning an event in Toronto’s East End?
As this vibrant part of the city continues to grow and thrive, a host of chic new options for party planning east of the DVP has emerged. Play bocce, sip craft brews, or get grundgy over Nachos…the east-end scene has never looked better.
New To The East End
Eastbound Brewing Company, 700 Queen Street East – The definition of a new classy joint in Leslieville. With such attention to aesthetic detail, it’s no surprise that both the beer and the food are spectacular. The venue has a 120 guest capacity for standing cocktail parties. They are priding themselves on being diverse in offering a variety of food options, all made from scratch. And the staff seem motivated to keep a friendly neighbourhood atmosphere to boot. Contact Jess at firstname.lastname@example.org
Brickworks CiderHouse, 709 Queen Street East – Kitty-korner to the Eastbound in the nostalgic old Real Jerk location is now the home of newly minted CiderHouse. Owned and operated by the same lovely people that brought us Mill Street. This venue still has lots of windows and high ceilings, with their famous cider being made on site. Contact Sophie at email@example.com
Lob., 100 Broadview Avenue. Unit 301 – Venture just south of Broadview and Queen, down a long alley and a flight of stairs, and you are inside the brand spanking new basement space known as Lob. The game is part bocce, part mini-golf. The space is large, with a low ceiling and dining space. This will surely resonate with larger corporate groups looking for the next thing after ping-pong bars and axe throwing. Contact Anna at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nacho Bar, 699 Danforth Avenue – Nomads is moving to Leslieville, and in it’s place management opened up a basic dive bar on the Mexican trend. This place on the Danforth is pretty small, with a capacity under 70. But the vibe inside alone would make any west end hipster spot quiver. Contact Alexander at email@example.com
Not So Old Favourites
Amsterdam Barrel House, 87 Laird Drive – The good people from Amsterdam have taken over what was formally the Against The Grain location, a stone’s 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 Edina at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Cathy at email@example.com
Broadview Hotel, 106 Broadview Avenue – This 125-year-old historic building used to be the home of the infamous gentlemen’s 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 is the focal point for events with it’s own deck, while the 7th floor has an unobstructed view of the skyline. 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
The Jam Factory, 2 Matilda Street – Unassumingly tucked down a side street above a trendy coffee shop, you’d never know this place was here unless somebody sent you looking. Once you climb the stairs, you are inside a blank space ready for your event creativity. Exposed brick, wood beams, and hardwood floors, this place is reminiscent of Twist Gallery on the west end or the Distillery venues when they first opened. At night, when the neighbourhood goes quiet, you can make as much noise here as you please. Contact Shannon at email@example.com
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