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 more true. That is how I felt all day at work yesterday, but may I say I had a successful NYE! This year me and the gang – the gang being Dasha, her bf 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. Yep I dressed up in my very wide collared and very unbuttoned shirt while the girls dressed up in glitter/ disco ball like outfits. Anyways out of the 4 NYE I have sent with various members of the gang (some with Eugenie and Alyse as well) this was one of the two most successful, the other being at reason #121.
Anyways enough about my NYE let’s talk about how I fell in love with the Drake Hotel and discuss some of its history. The Drake opened in 1890 under the name D.A Small Hotel and eventually changed its name as it did with owners to Hotel Cecil and Stardust (hey hey NYE party connection?). It wasn’t until 1949 when it was renamed the Drake. It was in 1949 that the building added some addition that are still their today such as the grand staircase in the lobby, the lounge and restaurant. The Drake finally was bought once more in 2001 and underwent major renovations that the saw the building re-open in 2004. There are even reports that when the economy took a dip in the 70’s the hotel became a punk bar and rave den.
However unlike the Gladstone I feel the Drake isn’t about the hotel rooms, but more for the venues where you can eat and party. The Dining room has amazing food and it also has some amazing antiques located on the wall, its just really cool to look at the main antique wall see some of the treasure that have collected on it.
The lounge is apparently very much the same, with its antiques, but also has some interesting art work on the walls. However, maybe it was because I was intoxicated, but I was at the lounge and trying to remember what it looks like and from what I can recall to the north there was a staircase and there was a second level where bottle service occurred, also the bar was really cool with its twisting and turning around the lounge. I personally got a really old Victorian feel to it, but then again I wasn’t in my right sober mind.
But let’s talk about one of my favorite things – a patio. Patio’s are my favorite things. Anyways here you have fire pits, you have a real green like feeling to the area, beer garden as well as a semi authentic looking Mexican taco and tequila shack. Plus you get a view of one of Toronto’s hottest up and coming neighbourhoods.
The café is pretty rad to, its very much like any café, but I love the garage door like windows it has that leads to the patio, because it reminds me of the windows at reason # 123. There is also a room called room 222 which I have never been to! And the place I spent most of my new years, the underground. I’m not sure what it was but as soon as I stepped foot into the underground I knew I was going to fall in love with this place. Maybe it was the stage, which was very simple, the fact it reminded me of being at a rock concert and walking through the crowds of people to get to the stage, the small bar or the weird nook it has next to the stairs that had these Andy Warhol looking images in them.
So the drake hotel is another hotel that I fell in love with and that is
Why I Love Toronto