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21st Birthday in Downtown Toronto; Need recommendations

ks24 Oct 22, 2011 08:27 PM

Hello everyone!

Need your help - I'm having my 21st in a month or so & was wondering where to have it. My last birthday was held at Joey's (at Shops at Don Mills) - great experience/fun atmosphere & they took reservations on a Saturday (big plus)! Before that was Everest (Queen Street West - not so great) & before that was 5th Elementt at Bay Street.

Okay - you get the idea, I hope. I like lounge-ish places or a restaurants with a bar area (like Joey's).
This time around I'd like to be more special - so headed downtown. I was thinking Earl's on King Street (I've been to the Square One location - liked it a lot). Will be headed to the Hilton or Royal York to celebrate some more .. so need something around that area.

- lounge/relaxed atmosphere
- 12-15 people (all 20 somethings)
- budget: $20 mains
- will be on a Saturday (so would prefer places that take reservations)
- any cuisine is fine, as long as it varies.. has different meat options (as some don't eat pork)

- if the decor is nice, that's a plus will be taking pictures to remember the night ;)

What about Sultan's Tent/Cafe Moroc? Spice Route?

232 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V1Z6, CA

Spice Route
499 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1K4, CA

5th Elementt
506 Queen St W, Toronto, ON , CA

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  1. iMarilyn RE: ks24 Oct 23, 2011 04:14 AM

    Based on your preferences, Earl's will be fine.

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      ks24 RE: iMarilyn Oct 23, 2011 11:27 AM

      Have you ever been to Earl's? If so, how is it like? :)

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        ingloriouseater RE: ks24 Oct 24, 2011 03:03 AM

        very much like the square one location and joey's and cactus club and all of the incarnations that the former owners of fuller's have created and split off.

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      shpToronto RE: ks24 Oct 23, 2011 08:03 AM

      Can't recall the menu prices (but you could check it out on-line), but we were at a special birthday celebration last year at Brassai on King St. Our group was 9 people. Food was very good and all enjoyed the dancing later on. Gets a bit crowded as the evening progresses, but I guess that's part of the fun.

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        ks24 RE: shpToronto Oct 23, 2011 11:27 AM

        Thanks - I'll check it out later tonight and let you know. There's dancing too? I love the idea!
        What kind of music?

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          shpToronto RE: ks24 Oct 24, 2011 08:19 AM

          When we were there last fall, the music at Brassai was the kind of stuff you would hear on KISS 92.5 -- current, popular songs.

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            tylerchris RE: shpToronto Oct 24, 2011 03:39 PM

            One quick note about Brassai - it's a bit of an older crowd (late 20s, early 30s) at night, so may not be quite your scene if you're celebrating 21st birthday. Earl's is also a bit older (Bay street, finance crowd) but I think will be less so than Brassai.

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        todc1996 RE: ks24 Oct 23, 2011 06:30 PM

        supermarket in kensington market is fun. good food, well priced. younger crowd and they'll take a reservation for a larger crowd.

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          ks24 RE: todc1996 Oct 23, 2011 06:38 PM

          Unfortunately, their kitchen only open till 10pm on Saturdays. Which doesn't work because we're hoping to be there much longer.

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            Truenorthdman RE: ks24 Oct 24, 2011 12:13 PM

            Supermarket may stop putting food out at 10pm but the drinks certainly keep coming till close. You should call and talk to someone as for a large enough group I suspect they could arrange for some snackables to arrive past the 10pm witching hour. The food is very reasonable for the quality and it certainly provides the dancing\club atmosphere for later in the night.

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          miranda RE: ks24 Oct 24, 2011 01:46 PM

          Been to Earl's on King West its the place for you Miranda

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            ks24 RE: miranda Oct 24, 2011 09:47 PM

            any quick tips? :)

          2. jlunar RE: ks24 Oct 24, 2011 05:01 PM

            Marben? Dancing afterward I think. Really loud. Youngish crowd.

            488 Wellington Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 1E5, CA

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              ks24 RE: jlunar Oct 24, 2011 09:46 PM

              places looks perfect. How would the service be on a Saturday night - with about 10 people?

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                jlunar RE: ks24 Oct 25, 2011 07:30 AM

                No idea - I've never been on a Saturday. Friday night service was just fine though. If you need food after 10pm, I'd call and verify.

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                  ks24 RE: jlunar Oct 25, 2011 07:32 PM

                  hey - sounds good! thanks for the help!

                  i'm still more than welcome for more suggestions :D

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