The Drake Hotel Est. 2004

1150 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada

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Lay your head in this hotbed of cool & culture.
Vogue says, "The Drake Hotel is at the heart of Toronto’s hip transformation,” and who are we to argue with fashion's bible? From live music to great food, art exhibits and nineteen unique hotel rooms, it's the perfect group getaway for the hip & happening or bad-a** backdrop for your "to-be" bash.
The Lowdown
Type
Bar / Club / Lounge
Boutique Hotel
Historic Building
Hotel / Resort / Spa
Private Dining / Restaurant
Views
Cityscape
Street
Style
Casual
Contemporary
Cultural
Eclectic
Garden Party
BEST type of CELEBRATIONS
Anniversary / Engagement Party
Birthday Party
Corporate Event
Dinner Party
Holiday Party
Retreats: Corporate, Spa, Wellness, Etc.
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Reception
LGBT Weddings

Venue Setting

The Drake Hotel is a cultural, entertainment and hospitality landmark in Toronto. Ever since we opened our doors on Valentine’s Day 2004, Drake has come to be known as an energetic hub for visual + performance art as well as dining and hospitality. We’re known for providing one of Canada’s most unique and sought after hotel and culinary experiences. As you can tell, we’re clearly more than a place to eat and sleep: we are a Hotbed for Culture. With a building that dates back to 1890, we've got a lot of history! The Drake first opened as D.A. Small’s Hotel and went through several owners and names like Hotel Cecil and The Stardust Inn. In 1949 Michael Lundy bought the property, renamed it The Drake and made several improvements that you can see today- like our famous grand staircase in our front Lobby. The current ownership purchased the property in late 2001 and undertook nearly three years of extensive renovations, dramatically enhancing the existing beautiful cultural and architectural elements that have given way to Drake’s current look. The Drake Hotel re-opened its doors in February of 2004 and has since gone on to proudly redefine the Toronto boutique hotel experience, creating our own version of a downtown urban retreat where travelers, culture seekers and neighbours all happily intersect to enjoy the thoughtful contradictions of high and low, new and old. We don’t take ourselves too seriously but we are serious about design! Our style has evolved to become forward thinking while being nostalgically influenced. Staying true to all things Drake, we’re excited about extending our cultural mandate to our new outpost, Drake Devonshire Inn, now open in Wellington, Ontario. The art, food and wine happenings that currently exist in Prince Edward County, as well as our beautiful historic Inn literally hovering over Lake Ontario made the choice to join another incredible community an easy one. With significant refurbishment and expansion alongside seasonal menus, cultural programs, inspiring excursions and a thoughtfully curated permanent art collection, Drake Devonshire will truly be a Drake outpost, Inn the County! From live music in the Underground, to award winning cocktails on our climate defiant, year round Sky Yard roof-top patio; from ongoing art exhibits and yummy eats, there's always something happening at Drake!
Fees
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range

Does this include catering fees?

Yes

Estimated Price Per Head

from $25 to $150

Additional Charges

The Drake does not charge a room rental, we simply have a MINIMUM SPEND that we ask you to reach in PRE ARRANGED catering and a bar tab – food, beverage + services all contribute towards this amount. All your services staff is included as is your own personal coordinator. However, if additional coverage is required, we would be happy to discuss this with you. Your minimum spend is determined by the venue, day of the week and length of time you wish to have the space exclusively. This means that if you are flexible with your dates and timing, we can accommodate all budgets.

Insurance

Additional Insurance Is Not Required To Host An Event Here

Capacity

Seated
60
Buffet
250
Standing
600
Celebrations Hosted Here Since
2004
Curfew
2 AM
Venue Spaces
Indoor & Outdoor Venue Spaces Available
Catering
Client Must Use The Catering Provided By The Venue
Alcohol
Provided By Venue For Fee – You Must Use The Venue For All Alcohol Services
Music
Indoors Only
Smoking
Non-smoking Venue
Accommodations
It's true, we've officially been named boutique chic by Fodor's 100 Hotel Awards but we'd also like you to think of us as your Toronto home away from home. We are the definition of a boutique hotel with 19 rooms and affectionately refer to our differently sized rooms as Crash Pads, Dens, Salons and our Suite. They are all contemporary, cozy, petite and each one is unique! Crash Pads are great for those who literally just want to crash after a night of Drake excitement, while Salons and Dens have more room for playing in. Our one and only Suite is big enough to host a pre-drinks party yet homey, with its own mid-century inspired living area. Every room is outfitted with a contemporary glass shower, original artwork, custom millwork, hardwood floors, tasty treats and, of course, a handmade doll. Each space has its very own personality and we’ve been told that sleeping with Drake inspires good dreams and unplanned adventures! Want to find out more? Give us a call anytime; we can talk hotel stuff all day long!
Kid Friendly Events
Yes
Handicap Accessible
Yes
Amenities
  • A/V Equipment
  • Street Parking
  • Wifi
  • Dining Chairs
  • Dining Tables
  • Onsite Restrooms
Venue Features
The Scene:
Live music, an all-night atmosphere, delicious food – a Drake party is like no other. Your best friend’s engagement party and your company's holiday bash are both completely at home here. Our roster of bands and DJs, really delicious catering for groups of any size and a never-ending list of ideas for theme parties, surprises, gift bags and beyond put the pleasure back in planning. Stop by for a personal tour of our space or give us a shout to swap magical party recipes.
Design:
The Drake opened in 1890 as D. A. Small’s Hotel. At the time, the area was a major Canadian Pacific Railway hub that linked downtown with the lakeside summer homes of Toronto’s western beaches. For the next half century, the Hotel transitioned through several owners and names including Hotel Cecil and the Stardust. In 1949, Michael Lundy purchased the property, renamed it the Drake, expanded the building and created many of the improvements visible today, including the grand staircase in the lobby and the addition of a lounge and restaurant. The current owner purchased the property in late 2001 and undertook the extensive renovations that gave the hotel its current form. The Drake re-opened its doors in February of 2004 and has since gone on to proudly redefine the Toronto boutique hotel experience.
Celebration Locations
South Lounge:
We've got the best Lounge to keep things cool in. From our elegant and contemporary captain's table, perfect for hosting your own dinner party, to our custom industrial-inspired lights, it's an ever-changing space totally deserving of the never-ending hype. Our redesigned main floor mixes new and vintage, high and low and design with more design. Here you can throw a lavish dinner party with bubbly by the bucket and platters of charcuterie or a costume dance party with a live band and custom cocktails. The
- View: Queen Street West
- Max Capacity: 200
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
North Lounge:
The newly redesigned and artfully curated North Lounge is ideal for an eclectic dining experience in a private setting. This luxuriously playful space offers a memorable setting for our Chef’s seasonally driven menus – both plated and strolling. The North Lounge can host private lunch + dinner functions for up to 60 guests featuring set menus created by Chef Darren Glew, or up to 70 guests for a strolling cocktail reception.
- View: Interior
- Max Capacity: 60
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Sky Yard:
Sunlight or starlight, our rooftop Sky Yard patio is a truly unique and really incredible setting for almost any celebration. From large party birthday brunches to Sunday afternoon dance parties, the Drake Outdoors is one of our most lively spaces. It also gets bonus points for a view of the city and big comfy benches.
- View: Cityscape
- Max Capacity: 150
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Room 222:
A perfect nook for hosting private affairs, Room 222 is available day and night for decadent dinner parties, creative collaborations or company brainstorming session events. Room 222 sits at the edge of the action on the second floor with an optional view of the Sky Yard for prime people watching. 16 for plated meals, 24 for cocktail-style affairs.
- View: Sky Yard
- Max Capacity: 24
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Cafe Bistro:
Our corner Café is really great. From a table for two, to small gatherings and even family reunions; we've got space for you. In the summer, the Café extends onto two patios covered with awnings so not even the rain will keep you away. It's warmly lit with lanterns and tons of plants. Whether travels bring you here for a quick bite or we're apart of your morning routine, all-year-round, you've got a spot by the big garage doors showcasing the goings-on of the city outside.
- View: Streetside
- Max Capacity: 100
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Underground:
The Underground would be a hidden gem if it weren’t so popular. One of the best bars in Toronto, lending itself to almost any motive or motif, it’s a pretty ideal venue for rock 'n' roll weddings, film screenings, DJ-led dance parties and formal presentations alike. A shape-shifting hot spot, The Underground gives any kind of event an exceptional welcome.
- View: n/a
- Max Capacity: 150
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Eats & Drinks
Food, Restaurants, Cafes, Bars & Lounges
Food, Restaurants, Cafes:
Cafe Bistro, North Lounge, South Lounge + Sky Yard are all public dining/event spaces offer classic Drake 'Canadiana' fare!
Bars & Lounges:
Our Lounge, Underground or Sky Yard are the perfect spots to cheers a cocktail or take in a live band - with something going on nightly at Drake we're the perfect venue for a planned or unplanned night out!
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