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

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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  1. 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. 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. You do not say how many people?

        1. The party will be for approximately 30 people.


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

            1. 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.

              4 Replies
              1. re: melly mel

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

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

                1. re: jinxed

                  Hooters. Young men. 'Nuff said.

                  1. re: merlot143

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

                    1. re: janetzuccarini

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

              2. 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.