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Meggers12 Jan 6, 2014 07:59 AM

Hi everyone!

Looking for some suggestions for locations to celebrate a 30th birthday in Toronto. We want to be able to eat, but it doesn't have to be a formal sit-down dinner, and we want it to be informal enough that people can come and go if they like and we can stay for some drinks later on. Casual is fine - better, actually - and something fun. Doesn't need to be a private space, but we'll be 20-30 people I think so that might work best.

To give some idea as to what we're looking for, one place I am considering is Big Crow (Rose and Sons BBQ spot).

Thanks!

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    ylsf Jan 6, 2014 05:08 PM

    I haven't been but I would maybe consider Boots and Bourbon or the other new country bar that opened up in the Entertainment District. A friend went to Boots and Bourbon and she said she enjoyed it.

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      piccola Jan 6, 2014 05:24 PM

      Haven't done a party there but I really liked Big Crow when I went last summer.

      Otherwise, a friend of mine had her 30th dinner/party at the Westerly on Roncesvalles and it was lovely.

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        Meggers12 Jan 7, 2014 07:08 PM

        Thanks, piccola! Have never been to Big Crow, but have heard good things. For the group they'd require that it's a fixed menu at $35-$65 pp. How was the food? Do you think the space would work well for a party? Will check out Westerly as well.

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          MissBingBing Jan 8, 2014 05:39 AM

          You're aware that Big Crow is outdoors, right? There's a tent over the patio and there's heaters but its still outside.
          The pool hall at the Rivoli would work as it has several seating areas. Food main(MOR southeast Asian and burgers) comes from the restaurant downstairs and isn't costly.
          Supermarket in Kensington sounds like what you're looking for, too. More of a club but good for groups and OK food.

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            Cat123 Jan 8, 2014 05:44 AM

            There's actually much more of a proper roof now - it has basically become a self-contained building. I was just there 2 weeks ago and had no problems. They have some heaters going - I wasn't cold at all. You do have to go outside and in to the other building housing Rose & Sons to use the restrooms though.

            I loved all the food - we tried the the chicken, ribs, bacon, garlic bread, kimchi (David Chang's) and grits. Seating is at picnic tables which I think would be fine for a big party. Service was really good - very attentive and friendly. No credit cards taken, just fyi.

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            piccola Jan 8, 2014 06:41 PM

            I haven't been since they winterized the space. I had a great meal, but I'm vegetarian, so I can't comment on the meat parts, which is what most people are interested in. But the sides were delicious and the kitchen offered to adapt other dishes so I could eat them (which I wouldn't ask at a BBQ place), so my experience was really positive.

            I think the ambiance is lovely for a casual party - they have rustic, almost picnic-style tables, and like others mentioned, it's outdoors.

        2. justxpete Jan 6, 2014 07:08 PM

          I think Valdez would be a pretty good choice, proving they can give you the 'back' area at minimal cost.

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            brushfire Jan 6, 2014 07:23 PM

            Chantecler is probably the perfect size and the food is very delicious, casual and interactive!

            Oddseoul might be good too!

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              c_snapper Jan 7, 2014 06:55 PM

              you'll be booking out the whole place if you go to oddseoul with 30 ppl.

              boots and bourbon may be good, but the food is not exactly top notch. it's decent, but not AMAZING.

              Home of the Brave would be fun. What about La Carnita?

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                Meggers12 Jan 7, 2014 07:12 PM

                Home of the Brave - great suggestion! Do you think La Carnita accommodates large parties? I can't see that working in there...

            2. happycamper Jan 8, 2014 06:51 AM

              For casual vibe with a come-and-go-as-you-please policy, Wurst on King W always delivers.
              Big communal table, line up for your own food and beer, (and sausages for your dirty thirty!).

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                wontonfm Feb 2, 2014 08:17 PM

                i'll second the Wvrst reco. i had a going away party there and it was great. plus no awkward large group check splitting since everyone pays at the counter.

                WON
                http://whatsonmyplate.net

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                Meggers12 Feb 2, 2014 03:31 PM

                Anyone done a large group at Barque?

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