Why I Love Toronto Reason #124
The Drake Hotel
Last Night I partied a bit too hard! Those words from Martin Solveig, Dragonette and Idoling could not be truer as that is how I felt all day at work yesterday. However, that just means I had a successful New Year’s Eve! This year me and the gang – Dasha, Craig, Jess, Ariel and Sanjana went to The Drake Hotel for their Stardust NYE party which was a re-enactment of studio 54 one of the hottest clubs in the disco era. Yes, I dressed up in my very wide collared and very unbuttoned shirt while the girls dressed up in glitter outfits that resembled disco balls.
But enough about my New Year’s Eve let’s talk about how I fell in love with The Drake Hotel and discuss some of its history. The Drake Hotel opened in 1890 under the name Small’s Hotel. It would eventually change names over the years and was known to residents as Hotel Cecil, Stardust and The Drake in 1949. During the 1970’s when the economy was suffering the hotel, reportedly, became a punk bar and rave den. It was in 2001 when The Drake was purchased, by its current owners and underwent a major renovation. It was on Valentine’s Day 2004 that renovations were complete and The Drake Hotel, that we know and love today, was opened.
Unlike the Gladstone Hotel down the street, The Drake Hotel isn’t known for its hotel rooms, but its venues where you can eat and party. The Lounge is where you come to have a nice dinner in the midst of its contemporary and vintage decor. It is also a spot for you to party the night away.
The café is pretty rad as well and is very much like any café. I love the garage door, which in the summer opens up to the patio. This is also where the hotel hosts its Trivia nights.
Below The Drake Hotel is The Underground which is a live music venue where Bands from various genres grace the stage. The venue also has film screenings on occasion.
However, my absolute favourite thing is the Sky Yard, which is The Drake Hotel’s patio. Patios are my favorite things because you are out in the sunlight and inhaling the fresh air around you. The Sky Yard is absolutely stunning and is my favourite place to have brunch on Sunday mornings. The venue also hosts morning yoga classes, which I will have to look into further! With fire pits and artwork, this is not just a place to eat, but a place to party. Not to mention you have a view of one of the hottest up and coming neighbourhoods.
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