Bachelorette party..suggestions eat then drink?
My wife is organizing her sister's bachelorette. The group is in their early 30s, most from out of town.
They want a nice trendy (but unpretentious) place for cocktails and dinner. Not picky eaters, for the most part. Maybe dishes for sharing. Please no JKWB suggestion. Haven't been to a few on Queen West (Czehoski, Nyood, Drake)...are they good?
Afterwards, looking for a bar to dance and drink, but not some Richmond St. type hardcore club.
I'd suggest Colborne Lane. The communal table would be good for a group, and while it's not strictly small plates, they are more than happpy to bring extra plates for sharing. The dishes themselves are conversation inducing. I've enjoyed the beef carpaccio, freeze dried and popcorn soup, duck confit, Black Cod, (fantastic), and the liquid nitrogen icecream.
After dinner, the group could walk over to Pravda Vodka Bar. It's not the typical 19-25 year old crowd. Most people in their 30s. The D.J. spins mainly house music on weekends.
Was recently at Milagro Restaurant. Great Mexican with small plates for sharing or larger dishes. Good line of margaritas including a cucumber and watermelon one. Noticed a good number of 'girl groups' there when I was. Not a place to end the night, but certainly a place to start it. www.milagrorestaurant.com
5 Mercer St, Toronto, ON M5V1H2, CA
I went to a Bachelorette at Julie's Cuban once, and found it to be a great choice -- good food (suitable for sharing) and drinks and a fun atmosphere. It's small though, so if it's a big Bachelorette it might not be suitable.
Personally I think the Drake is a fairly safe choice for a night out in Toronto (I think the food is ok, not super exciting). She may want to check the listings to find out what's going on the night they want to go, as events there, in my limited experience, vary from good general dance-party kind of nights to theme nights/shows for specific tastes.
What about tapas at Torito in Kensington Market for dinner? Supermarket is nearby for dancing/drinking (food too, but I've never eaten there), I'd consider it fairly trendy-yet-unpretentious for a dance floor atmosphere though, in the 3 or 4 times I've been. Maybe a step downscale from the Drake (others may disagree
?). There are also options down College, but I'll leave those for others to suggest...