I can't believe it is this hard to find somewhere...
I want to hold a surprise birthday party for about 40-50 people in the 30-40 age bracket - anywhere in the Toronto area is fine. My criteria:
1) Private space
2) Food as either buffet/station style or a sit down – doesn’t matter as long as it is good.
3) Open (and therefore private) bar
4) Dancing – a dance floor with DJ – again private or at least semi private – in other words, not a club.
I don’t want to spend an absolute fortune but am willing to put some money in so let’s say a maximum of around $50 a head all in…does such a place exist?
Thank you all!!!
I would agree. You may have to give up the open bar in favour of food. Hopefully, some other hounds may know of a venue where food and drink can be covered for $50/person. I don't think even banquet halls can be had for this price. Perhaps consider a patio serving drinks and some apps but again, I think your budget may be too low.
re: blue bike
I had my wedding there a few years ago. They did EVERYTHING wrong. From hiring half as many servers needed for our crowd, to giving us a buffet when we clearly stated IN WRITING, and in serveral conversations that the party was to be food stations and passed hors d`oeurves - NOT A BUFFET. They also messed up the food. They gave us wrong (and gross) toppings on our pizza, which again, were detailed in writing. We never got a tasting, despite many promises we would. I could go on, but I won`t . It`s just too depressing.
I think your best bet is to rent a cheap space (a tall order in itself) and then hire your own caterer and DJ. My friend is planning something similar and she is looking at the Steelworker's Hall on Cecil St (Spadina and College) and Legion-type spaces. Now the Steelworker's space is more functional than beautiful, but friends have had lovely weddings there - you need to be creative with decor and maybe rent tablecloths etc from a party rental place. They can supply a bartender, not sure if you need to get an event license. I believe the basic hall rental fee is $500. The legion-type place I am thinking of is not actually a Legion but something similar. I am foggy on the location, somewhere west end south of Queen, but a friend had a fun 30th birthday party there. The decor was 70s rec room and the bar was cheap. If you are at all interested I can find out more details. Both spaces definitely accomodate dancing, not sure how much sound equipment your DJ would need to provide.
I'm not exactly sure on the budget with open bar but I had my shower at Rossini's on Avenue and the 401 more or less in August of last year. They have a private room upstairs (which they had just renovated), with a separate bar, and a small dance floor. Since the ownership was switched a few years ago, Rossini's is pretty good food wise, and they did an absolutely phenomenal job. The food was great (hors d'eourvres, antipasto, pasta primavera, a choice of 2 entrees, and dessert, but I didn't pay for the shower so I don't know prices), the service was good also.
The only other place that comes to mind is Sorrento Ristorante on Yonge. They just opened recently but the food is good and they have a private space upstairs with its own bar (but am unsure of dance floor)
The Rosewater supper club may be work for the everything you want, but $50 would only cover the food and space, minus the grat.