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Where is a Great, Fun place to have my staff Christmas Party in Downtown Toronto?

janetzuccarini Sep 1, 2007 08:02 PM

I own a restaurant in down town Toronto and I am looking to take my staff for dinner and a great night out.

For the last few years, we have gone to various restaurants in the city to have a nice dinner and exchange gifts. I think this idea is getting a little tired. I suggested The Sultan's Tent for dinner and belly dancing (my staff are mainly male between the ages of 20-40); however, I am now discouraged after reading various reviews on this site.

Thanks for all of your help!

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    merlot143 RE: janetzuccarini Sep 1, 2007 08:27 PM

    Hi Janet,
    I searched for this info before I saw the word "Christmas" in your subject title: I was going to suggest the Empire Sandy, a Tall Ship in Toronto harbour. A company I worked for booked the Empire Sandy for a cruise and buffet dinner, and everyone had a great time. The food was good too. Of course, this won't be feasible in the middle of winter, but if you want a summer gathering, it would be great. Here's the link:

    1. vorpal RE: janetzuccarini Sep 2, 2007 04:48 AM

      I have no particular recommendations, but I would discourage you from going to the Sultan's Tent. I went there with a friend last winter and while the appetizers and tea were very good, the entrees we selected were highly disappointing. At least to us, the belly dancing was more fun in theory than in practice (I felt a bit awkward with a stranger shaking her body near my face).

      1. OnDaGo RE: janetzuccarini Sep 2, 2007 07:23 AM

        You do not say how many people?

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          janetzuccarini RE: janetzuccarini Sep 3, 2007 07:05 AM

          The party will be for approximately 30 people.


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            merlot143 RE: janetzuccarini Sep 3, 2007 04:23 PM

            Have you considered Second City? They have a dinner theater package.

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              melly mel RE: janetzuccarini Sep 3, 2007 06:43 PM

              We had a small event at The Fat Belgian a few months ago. They had a great beer list, good martinis and yummy appetizers. These seem like things guys that age would like. It's right downtown so good location too.

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                jinxed RE: melly mel Sep 3, 2007 07:12 PM

                It's close to Hooters, which also targets the same demographics! Ha...

                The Fat Belgian also makes very decent mussels...yum!

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                  merlot143 RE: jinxed Sep 3, 2007 07:21 PM

                  Hooters. Young men. 'Nuff said.

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                    janetzuccarini RE: merlot143 Sep 4, 2007 07:23 PM

                    Well, my staff are not all men, so hooters is out.

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                      janetzuccarini RE: janetzuccarini Sep 6, 2007 05:55 AM

                      Thanks, I like the idea of dinner and some sort of entertainment....comedy, burlesque, great ideas

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                mtj RE: janetzuccarini Sep 5, 2007 06:51 AM

                The Laurentian Room might be worth looking into - the have an entertaining cabaret/burlesque show on friday and saturday that appeals to both sexes. Plus it is a nice space - art deco. I haven't eaten there, but I've heard the food is good.

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