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Classy lounge for 35 yrs and up

Misskisscake Mar 25, 2009 09:57 AM

Hey everyone, I am looking for a nice classy lounge where I can take a few of my "older" friends out. I want to take them somewhere where they can sit on a nice sofa and drink without having to worry about people stepping on their feet. Any suggestions?

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    julesrules Mar 26, 2009 06:12 AM

    The Library Bar in the basement of the Royal York is not the least bit hip or see-and-be-seen, but very comfortable, good old-school service and good martinis. I took my best friend for her 30th and she was very pleased.

    http://www.fairmont.com/royalyork/Gue...

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      millygirl Mar 27, 2009 04:22 AM

      Sopra, upstairs from Mistura is wonderful. Although it can get pricey, and they feature live jazz so may not be what you're looking for as it can get quite loud, and busy!!

    2. Googs Mar 26, 2009 05:59 AM

      Panorama is better in the summer when you can take advantage of the south facing patio. Indoors it has all the vibe of a surgery theatre.

      Park Hyatt and Four Seasons Yorkville are the classics. You can't go wrong with the atmosphere, service, and cocktails. They both have a relaxed, welcoming feel to them.

      If you want something a little more downscale please let us all know.

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        Misskisscake Mar 26, 2009 09:50 AM

        Hey Googs! Thanks for the info, there are few more joining the party and are well a little more "ghetto" than the rest of us, so downscale would be appreciative. :)

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          Rabbit Mar 26, 2009 09:53 AM

          Maybe the Paddock... although it's not really a lounge??

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            peppermint pate Mar 26, 2009 11:03 AM

            Second the rec for the Paddock - great spot - but if you're married to couches, they don't have them.

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            phoenikia Mar 26, 2009 11:41 AM

            Reservoir Lounge might be another option, where people who aren't into the chichi thing might feel more comfortable- there are a some booths and high tables IIRC, but no couches. Can be loud (since there's live music)- depends on the time and night.

            Local on the Danforth also gets a 30something crowd- again, no couches, but booths are available if you get there early enough to eat (and bottle service at the back for big spenders and their little sidekicks). It's crowded after 11 pm, but if you're there earlier, you shouldn't have a problem getting a seat.

            Would you also consider more of a pub? Allen's might fit the bill.

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          Cat123 Mar 25, 2009 05:09 PM

          Has anyone tried the lounge at Centro?

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            Snarf Mar 26, 2009 12:26 PM

            Nice vibe there, generally good wine list, and usually fairly mellow jazz group. You might want to check in advance on which nights it's open. They tend to prefer eaters to drinkers.

          2. estufarian Mar 25, 2009 01:03 PM

            I still like Kultura (and the food, if you want any, is better there too). But it's downtown - only thing is it's main floor and the dining patrons will pass by on their way upstairs.

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              peppermint pate Mar 25, 2009 12:01 PM

              I guess I'm part of the "older" crowd now...sniff, sniff...personally, I haven't set foot in Panorama for at least a decade. For me, it just feels like an 80's cliche with bad decor and no real vibe (or at least that's how it felt back then). Park Hyatt has a timeless old world elegance - I don't go there often but it's a nice spot. There's always The Drake - if you're not that too late, you can generally avoid having your toes stepped on. You might also try the bar in the Hazelton or at Sen5es.

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                domesticgodess Mar 25, 2009 12:02 PM

                pravda vodka bar?
                but really, you cant go wrong with the park hyatt or four seasons.

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                  morefoodplz Mar 25, 2009 05:01 PM

                  Pravda seemed very meat market the one time I went, and $10 for a little drink is no joke. Definitely doesn't seem right for the 35+ crowd.

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                    radiopolitic Mar 25, 2009 05:14 PM

                    Meat market, eh? I've never been but I always imagined it as more classy. Now I sort of don't want to go if that's the atmosphere.

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                      morefoodplz Mar 25, 2009 06:58 PM

                      The night I went was in Dec 08, it was half reserved for a private party (the upstairs), and a regular night below. The crowd seemed like typical Bay Street types to me, but I wouldn't really recommend that to 35+ people who don't want their toes stepped on. It's also pretty loud.

                      There's another vodka bar called Proof near Bloor and Avenue that looked a little more like somewhere a 35-year-old might go, but I can't be sure since I never went in.

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                        phoenikia Mar 26, 2009 11:37 AM

                        Just depends on the night and time at Pravda. Tuesday afterwork has a classier crowd than Thursday night around midnight. The actual space is quite nice- it's just the people inside that change the vibe.

                2. Rabbit Mar 25, 2009 11:55 AM

                  Another vote for the Hyatt, also the Four Seasons

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                    JennaBean Mar 25, 2009 11:10 AM

                    You could try Panorama in the Manual Life Centre at Bay and Bloor.
                    There is also Brant house at King and Brant.
                    Forte at Richmond and York has a nice lounge and a good wine list.

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                      redearth Mar 25, 2009 11:43 AM

                      Second the Panorama. Don't go for the food, but for the view and the space isn't too bad, either.

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                        yaddayadda Mar 25, 2009 11:54 AM

                        Panorama and Park Hyatt get my votes, too.

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                        Misskisscake Mar 25, 2009 12:21 PM

                        Hey Thanks! I forgot about Panoramam!

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                        childofthestorm Mar 25, 2009 10:31 AM

                        The Sky Lounge at the Park Hyatt. Great view of the city, old-school vibe, strong well-made cocktails.

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