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Jun 10, 2008 01:53 PM

Christmas Party Venue for 450?

Any interesting ideas on a venue in/near Toronto that meets most/all of the following criteria?

- $100 - 115 a person for a sit-down dinner for around 450 people (including some wine, but with a cash bar)
- relatively transit-accessible
- unique venue (i.e. not a hotel ballroom)
- relatively good food (either in-house or not)
- some parking available (though not for all 450 guests!)


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  1. Liberty Grand at the Exhibition Stadium Grounds?

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    1. re: Zengarden

      Liberty Grand is OK but venue is NOT transit friendly, especially in will need to provide taxi chits

      Arcadian Court is a great place, very beautiful when its all decorated and you cant beat its downtown location unless you go to a hotel There is a separate bar area also

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        1. re: Splendid Wine Snob

          Sunnybrook Estates is much too small (I think the max is 120).

          Try the Fermenting Cellar at the Distillery District. I'm think it can hold that number, and you can choose from a number of good caterers. It's a bit off the subway line, but not too far. It's definitely a "unique venue". The major drawback is that, as I understand it, it's just a big empty room that needs to be decorated, lit, etc. (but I think they'd be able to help you with that).

          Some other options that would accommodate your number would be the Arcadian Court, the Carlu, and (as mentioned above) Liberty Grand.

          Would you consider a wandering/food station concept, or does it absolutely need to be a sit down dinner? If the former is a possibility, your options would open up as you wouldn't need as much space.

          1. re: torontofoodiegirl

            The space in the Distillery is stunning BUT the drawback you note is major indeed. At least as of a few years ago, when we considered the space for our wedding (much smaller than 450), we found that we were going to spend a small fortune between the rental fee (something to factor in for a few of the spaces mentioned here) and every stitch of decoration which would need to be brought in - you are literally starting with a bare room. If the $100-$115/pp is meant to be all-in, you'll be down to a McDonald's food budget by the time you finish with even some minimal decor.

            If you can find a restaurant that will accommodate, you'll be far better off as tables, cutlery, servers, etc., will typically be included and you won't typically pay a venue fee either. Though perhaps with a crowd as large as yours, you can negotiate a bit re: pricing.

            In addition to the options mentioned here, you might also look into Palais Royale, Casa Loma and Stop 33.

        2. Definitely unique, plus transit-accessible, relatively good food, some parking, not sure about the cost --- 360 Restaurant at the CN Tower ---

          the thing is the can do sit-down for only up to 400 but maybe some arrangements can be made with their lounge or other spaces.

          360 Restaurant
          301 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5V2T6, CA

          1. I'd recommend "The Carlu", located at College Park.

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            1. re: sylvrgirl

              Agreed. The Carlu fits all of your requirements. The Concert Hall is more than ample for your Party. I have to say, though, that I really love the Round Room as it's somewhat more intimate, yet still has a celebratory feel. You don't get much more unique than a fully restored art deco beauty.