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The Drake Hotel

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The Drake Hotel Toronto  Canada
The Drake Hotel Toronto  Canada
The Drake Hotel Toronto  Canada
The Drake Hotel Toronto  Canada
Vintage Chic in West Queen West Toronto  Canada
Happy Hour in Rarefied Air Toronto  Canada
Life at the Drake Toronto  Canada
Enjoy the Short Toronto Summer at the Drake's Outdoor Bar Toronto  Canada
The Drake Hotel Toronto  Canada
The Drake Hotel Toronto  Canada
The Drake Hotel Toronto  Canada
The Drake Hotel Toronto  Canada
Vintage Chic in West Queen West Toronto  Canada
Happy Hour in Rarefied Air Toronto  Canada
Life at the Drake Toronto  Canada
Enjoy the Short Toronto Summer at the Drake's Outdoor Bar Toronto  Canada
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 was 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.

The Drake Hotel
Ever since it opened on 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.)

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.

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!

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!

1150 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1J3, Canada
+1 416-531-5042
Sun - Sat 7:30am - 2am