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I need some ideas for a place to hold a hen party (stagette). It's supposed to be a lower-key event (think second wedding), since most of are a bit older, have little kids at home and not used to staying up too late (so no major nightclubbing). Ideally it should be a reasonable taxi fare to mid-town Toronto and to the Beaches.

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  1. How about a pub? The Auld Spot on the Danforth would be reasonable taxi distance to both mid-town and the Beach. Cozy neighbourhood atmosphere gives you the low-key factor but the upper-scale pub fare is pretty good. They'll do things like platters and things for party groups.
    http://www.auldspot.ca

    There's also the Mambo Lounge, which I haven't been to, but it's had some positive comments and looks like fun.
    http://www.mambolounge.ca

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    Mambo
    120 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1N1, CA

    Auld Spot
    347 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K, CA

    1. There's a fun little bowling alley at Coxwell and Danforth called Danforth Bowl -- I was planning a stagette this spring and this was on the list of things to do (we never did end up going) -- the woman on the phone was really nice and accommodating.

      http://www.danforthbowl.com/

      What we ended up doing was a pedicure at the Elmwood Spa and then dinner at Crush followed by an hour at El Convento Rico on College. We ended the night with a room at the King Edward Hotel which we got on Priceline for $60.

      I wouldn't recommend Crush as the service was terrible for our group.

      For my stagette we ended up at Reservoir Lounge -- we didn't eat there but went for drinks and music.

      1. Mambo Lounge at Broadview and Danforth. Tapas combo is 4 dishes for $21 and there is also an order off the menu set of entrees that you can select from Danforth Bowl would just be a subway ride away east.

        1. Laide @ Adelaide and JArvis.. they are a "sex" themed lounge and play 1920's porn on the wall.. very fun.. they even have a strpper pole for the bride to be... www.laide.ca

          1. Yorkville: Caren's Wine Bar for cheese plates and wine in Yorkville
            West Queen W- Nyood for dinner followed by the Drake for drinks
            Danforth & Broadview: the Globe for dinner followed by drinks at Allen's or Mambo.

            1. If you're looking for something more casual, you could try Ten Feet Tall, on the Danforth. It's fun for a group, and it's not the type of place to pressure you to leave so they can make their second seating...

              http://www.tenfeettall.ca/

              1. Hemingways on Cumberland is a suggestion... always lively

                1. Braissai (spelling?) on King just east of Spadina has a private seating section for a group - good food, not crazy priced - then I would head to Two Cats - small bar with great music and fun crowd or Devil's Martini.....

                  1. 5 Doors North on Yonge south of Eglinton on the West side. Set menu served family style and it is delicious. If you call and speak to Jamie he will set up a menu for you that works and is in your price range. I like doing a lot of my stagettes and birthday dinners there as everyone knows what they are getting themselves into, it is well priced ($37 for a huge 5 course dinner), it is yummy, the additional costs are alcohol, it is on the subway line, it is not a bar, but is still so fun. depending on the size of the group there is a larger privatish group in the back that you can use and decoarate if you want. It is really worth it. I highly reccommend it. We are going there for a 35th birthday party dinner for a girlfriend with 20 people in January. I can't wait!!!

                    steph