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Nov 6, 2007 10:55 AM

Pub w/ Private Room?

Hi there -

Every year my motley crew and I (sans Tommy Lee...haha) have a holiday open house, where we take over an area of a pub and folks drop in over the course of a Saturday or Sunday afternoon (as a chance to get together and not have any one of us stuck cleaning and cooking). At max capacity I'd saythere would be 25 of us in the room at the same time.

The place we have done it at over the past few years were really inhospitable last time so we have decided to look elsewhere, this is where you come in. We'd ideally like to keep the location as centralized as possible, and ideally an accessible location. Ideas???

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  1. The Duke of York pub has a separate area upstairs in the back facing over their patio. It's not a completely separate room but it can be set aside for you and will hold 25 comfortably. It's all glassed in, like a conservatory, and the windows overlooking the patio can be opened when or if it gets too hot and stuffy. I've been in groups in that space before and the staff are excellent in organizing and supporting a group event. The room -- a bigger space -- downstairs in the basement can also be booked, or you can reserve the front part of the second floor, which has a fireplace.

    Duke Of York
    39 Prince Arthur Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 1B2, CA

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    1. re: JamieK

      I second the Duke, I also like the atmosphere (kitchy but classy) and the location is A++.

    2. You'll either love this or hate it, but at Dora Keough on the Danforth, the back of the pub has a private space restored to look like Grandma's old Irish kitchen. The room really is well done, and quite beautiful. I've never eaten there (you have to order ahead and require a large-ish party for that space), but the food comes from Allen's where I've always had good luck (although it is sometimes accused by CH'ers of slipping). Good selection of drinkies too.

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      1. re: Rabbit

        I was also going to suggest Dora's but was under the impression that the room was only able to accomodate about 12 to 15 people? I could be wrong, it's been awhile since I was there.

      2. Was at the Abbot on the Hill on Yonge recently and there seemed to be a big party hapening on their 2nd level-perhaps you could use all of that? its very good pub good I think and great prices too

        1. The Bow & Arrow at Yonge & Davisville has got an upstairs area. Never been up there myself but the taps are good and the food usually better than most usual pubs.

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          1. re: lister

            Another spot to check would be The Safari Grill on Avenue Road. They have pool tables upstairs. I've only been for brunch which was reasonably good. It seems to be a fav spot for the locals. I would consider it more for the location and atmosphere as opposed to the food.

            1. re: millygirl

              Safari Grill would be an excellent choice on Avenue Rd between Wilson and Lawrence. The food is much better and more interesting than a typical pub. The upstairs room that millygirl mentioned would be a good size for 25.

              1. re: Jean Georges

                I don't get the fuss about that place. I can see it being a fun place to hang out on the patio in the summer. I've eaten there a few times and have been bored with the food.

                1. re: pescatarian

                  The just changed their menu yesterday!!!!

          2. Granite Brewery - they do group menus and have their own homebrews on tap. They have a lovely back room with a nice warm fireplace.
            Mount Pleasant south of Eglinton.