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Vintage Chic in West Queen West
Happy Hour in Rarefied Air
Life at the Drake
Enjoy the Short Toronto Summer at the Drake's Outdoor Bar
The Drake Hotel
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The Drake Hotel
The Drake Hotel
The Drake Hotel
The Drake Hotel
Vintage Chic in West Queen West
Happy Hour in Rarefied Air
Life at the Drake
Enjoy the Short Toronto Summer at the Drake's Outdoor Bar
The Drake Hotel
When the Drake Hotel opened in 2004, it not only enhanced the Toronto hotel scene, it helped revitalize the West Queen West neighborhood. This long before the rapper Drake (no relation) became known as a Toronto ambassador. The design-oriented property, known for its “crash pads”—stylish rooms by the now defunct 3rd Uncle design firm—is a landmark in the neighborhood, and it’s become a mainstay at many festivals including North by Northeast, Canadian Music Week, and TIFF. Even if you’re not staying here, it’s worth a stop for a bite to eat at the Café, a show in the Underground, or a cocktail at the funkiest rooftop in the city. The Drake is truly your one-stop-shop for culture, design, and cuisine.
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Neighborhood Vibe
In the heart of West Queen West, the Drake sits amid some of Toronto’s best restaurants, art galleries, shops, and bars, not to mention its own Drake General Store. On Queen West, we love places like Dandylion and Nuit Social for serious dining experiences; Feel Good Guru for a healthy fix; and Type Books for an escape (or to buy gifts). The hotel borders a few different streets and neighborhoods. If you walk east, you’ll find the gentrified Ossington, with a mélange of vintage boutiques like I Miss You Vintage, upscale restaurants, and the street’s signature craft brewery Bellwoods Brewery (now complete with a bottle shop, in case you can’t snag a spot on the popular patio). If you walk west through the underpass, you’ll be in trendy Parkdale. Walk east on Queen and north through the grassy Trinity Bellwoods Park, and you’ll come to Dundas West, home to great eateries and bars including the Black Hoof, its Cocktail Bar, and Rhum Corner. Campagnolo and Porchetta & Co. are tops for Italian cuisine and sandwiches, respectively.
Need to Know
Rooms: 19 rooms, 1 suite. From $199.
Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: 11 a.m.
Dining options: The Drake has four options for food and drink. In the main dining room, nosh at the sushi bar or enjoy the many fish offerings of chef Ted Corrado. Grab a burger and beer in the lounge, and a windowside seat for prime people watching. At the more casual café, start the morning with the signature fried chicken and waffles; discounted cocktails and snacks are offered 4–6 p.m. during the week. Up top, begin or end your evening at the Drake Sky Yard, a heated patio with artistic flair and boozy pours. Try the Beets by Drake cocktail, and make sure you say hi to the tattooed Sandy de Almeida, the petite bartender who makes a mighty drink.
Spa and gym details: There is no spa or gym. But guests have access to 99 Sudbury gym, occasional yoga events held at the hotel, and numerous yoga studios in the neighborhood.
Insider Tips
Who it's for: Creative types with a touch of hipster; culture mavens wanting to explore like locals; friends on a getaway; couples and business travelers seeking a culture fix in their downtime.
Our favorite rooms: The cozy, 130-square-foot Nook is the perfect room for the solo traveler.
For foodies: Meet industry insiders at the Drake’s 86’d event every Monday. As a bonus, free culinary competitions involve some of the most innovative chefs in the city—plus a chance to mix and mingle with those in the food and drink industry.
The Drake Hotel
Ever since it opened on this once-shady strip of Queen Street West, the Drake Hotel has been shaking up the neighborhood. The 19-room Drake is not just a hotel but also a meeting place, and a magnet for cool, culture, and art. On weekends, tourists and locals mingle at the rooftop bar, and in the morning, the main-floor café fills up with patrons looking to get their fix of eggs Benedict and coffee. The flagship Drake General Store, across the street, is a source for quirky gifts for those who want to bring home a piece of Canadiana.

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.)
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Happy Hour in Rarefied Air
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.
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Life at the Drake
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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Enjoy the Short Toronto Summer at the Drake's Outdoor Bar
The Sky Yard rooftop bar at the Drake Hotel is a beautiful place for a drink on a warm Toronto evening. Bonus: it's open all year, heated in the winter, so not just for summer!
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1150 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1J3, Canada
+1 416-531-5042
Sun - Sat 7:30am - 2am