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Aug 21, 2007 05:56 PM

Where To Entertain Out-of-towners at Yonge and Bloor

I'm planning an cocktail happy hour for my wedding - guests staying around Yonge and Bloor....any ideas of where to host a cocktail and nibbly hour? Thanks!

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  1. How many people? Carens Wine bar in Yorkville is nice, they have a great back patio. C5 in the ROM has a lounge area that would be cool too

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    1. re: OnDaGo

      I absolutely love Caren's patio - however, we'll be needing a venue for late October - thanks for your suggestion!

      1. re: OnDaGo

        We had our party at Caren's. The passed hors d'oevres, the cheeses, meats, crudite, wines, staff - everything - was excellent. We had an amazing time and entertained about 30 people in style.

      2. How about Panorama in the Manulife Center? I find that out of towners love the great view of the city.

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        1. re: Apple

          Panorama is great, and I would also suggest the Rooftop Lounge at the Park Hyatt.

          1. re: KevinB

            I was at Panorama a few months ago and although the view is great, the service was among the worst I have had in this city. The crowd was in the 22-25 yr old range.
            Cafe Nervosa at Bellair and Yorkville is nice, they have an upstairs room that can be private as well.

          1. re: xtal

            Flow does good catering, and has a good and creative kitchen. It is on the pricey end, but has some nice spaces. If you want a beautiful room that a smaller number (20-40) could take over, JK at the Gardiner is a nice spot.

            If your group is more casual, the Pilot has a lounge it rents out, and would probably let you arrange your own catering for the nibblies.

            These are general. Could probably improve with numbers/budget.

          2. Wish is a very pretty little casual but elegant resto at Yonge and Charles... I think they sometimes do private events (or may be able to set aside some space).

            1. I can recommend Wish and Fire on the East Side from personal experience. I have struggled over the years finding places near Yonge & Bloor because it's such a convenient place to meet people but there's not much around.
              7 West Cafe is nearby too. And Hemingway's, while hardly "impressive" for out of town guests, is a solid pub with reasonable prices. Get a drink or 2 at Panorama but don't bother eating there.