This exciting Toronto restaurant gives new meaning to the expression “Dinner and Show” (PHOTOS)

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The new wing was designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, DesignAgency for Interior Design and Drake’s own design team.


Tour of the new modern wing of the Drake Hotel

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Lobby

You can now enter the new five-story extension of the Drake through retro revolving doors and exit into a grand lobby equipped with a Hollywood bar, eclectic lounge area, 24-hour concierge, two rooms bathroom and meeting room.

The retro throwback and ultra-modern vibe of the new lobby has Instagramable moments throughout, with a heart-shaped rug straight out of the 70s and plants galore.

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The front desk is decked out in millennial pink, and you can’t escape the hotel vibe with finishing touches to the artwork, including little details like slippers and even toothbrushes.

Next to the desk is a small collection of goodies that customers can purchase from the Drake General Store if you’re looking for loot on the way out.


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The lounge area has a cool basement vibe with plenty of places to relax by the fireplace or sip a cocktail from the lobby bar.


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The Modern Wing is filled with cool artwork by predominantly Canadian artists, with only 25% of the art coming from international artists.


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If your trip involves work and play, the lobby has a good workspace to tie in and do your work while being in the thick of the action, so you can avoid any FOMO.


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In the back right corner of the lobby is a meeting room with two large tables that guests can use for events.


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Rooftop Suite

If you want to stay at the Drake Hotel in style, the Rooftop Suite is about as luxurious as it gets.


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The 1,000 square foot space includes two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, dining area, living room, and a huge outdoor patio overlooking the city.


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The suite’s guest bedroom is small but mighty, with a colorful accent wall and pop-out-style artwork hanging above the bed.


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The hotel was “designed by passionate travelers for business and pleasure,” which has influenced the rooms, according to The Drake Hotel.

The kitchen flows into the living room, with lots of natural light coming from the floor-to-ceiling windows.


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The master bedroom is large and filled with yellows and greens. Similar to the other room, it features an accent wall with pop-out style artwork above the bed, but it also has a huge bathroom and walk-in closet.


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The bathroom has double sinks, a spacious shower and a large tub large enough for a full body bath.


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The south-facing terrace overlooks the city and is the perfect place for a garden party, a cocktail party or just to take in the view.


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Lobby bar and menu

The street-level lobby bar is pure Hollywood glamor with a velvet curtain hung around the lower half of the window facing the street.


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The cozy bar has a handful of mustard yellow stools, a spacious counter, and serves serious Gatsby the magnificent vibrations.

If you can’t get a seat at the bar, you can always bring your cocktail to the lobby seats and enjoy your drink by the fireplace.


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The lobby bar snack menu is a mix of old and new. They have new items like Bang Bang shrimp with a tangy honey sauce, fresh scallop ceviche tacos, lamb spiedini as well as classics like their Fancy Fries and Cheese Board and, of course, a bar staple. retro: hot olives.


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The new tacos are light, fresh, and filled with crispy taro, papaya, red onion, jalapeño, tomato, avocado and cilantro, for a crunchy yet chewy bite. You can order three tacos for $ 20 at the bar if you’re looking for a lighter dinner.


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The cheese board, which is a Drake Hotel classic, features four artisan cheeses chosen by the chef, creamy honey and sourdough crostini, and is perfect for sharing. Half size is $ 26 and full size is $ 42.


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The new bar is accompanied by three new cocktails.

The Queen St. Dawa is a tangy green tea vodka blend with melon, lime and honey on ice and will set you back $ 18.


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The Frontenac Martinez also costs $ 18 and is a blend of Dillon’s Rose Gin, vermouth, bitters, and Luxardo maraschino.


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The Departed is a spiced rum blend topped with apples and mixed with Campari, Averno Amaro, mezcal, and Peychaud’s Bitters for $ 17.


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The Drake Hotel

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Price: Rooms and experiences vary

Address: 1150 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON

Why you need to go: to experience a reinvented Toronto classic!

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