The Drake Hotel is quite the institution. Not only can one sleep, eat, and booze there, but live music, talks, plays, and so on also take place in its bowels. Recently, Hedwig and the Angry Inch had a small run—something I was rather sad to miss out on! Well-crafted libations can be sipped in the Lounge, as seen in my pic; the side patio is perfect for brunching and watching the Queen Street happenings; the rooftop patio (aka the Sky Yard) is a draw all year round. Oh, and if you're looking for gifts, the General Store has plenty of cool finds: cheesy Canuck hats, high-quality preserves from local outfit Stasis, cookbooks, clothes, whatever!
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Vintage Chic in West Queen West
Nestled in the heart of lively, artsy West Queen West neighborhood, the Drake Hotel is without a doubt one of the coolest establishments I have set foot in.
This is a place where the room and the bed are just a tiny part of the stay. Between the café, the general store, the restaurant, the patio (complete with smoking section and movie screen), the bar, and the laid-back reading area, there is, in reality, very little time for sleep. Which is a refreshing change in the Toronto hotel scene. Make sure to have one Gin Gin Mule before you leave. (This is a concoction of gin, muddled mint, lime juice, and ginger beer.)
Toronto’s iconic skyline is best enjoyed in the company of good friends over a fine meal or a refreshing drink. The Sky Yard at the trendy Drake Hotel is one of the city’s most popular watering holes for good reason; the views are sublime, and the drinks, like the Paper Plane, are whimsically alluring.