Consider planning your pre-wedding party at one of these Toronto gems.
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Drake and poutine may have put Canada's largest metropolitan city on the map, but there's a lot more to Toronto than music and food. If you're looking for a unique city in which to host your bridal shower, this Canadian hotspot is one to consider. To help you find the perfect location for your pre-wedding party, our friends at the Venue Report rounded up some of their favorite visually-pleasing (and tastebud-satisfying) venues in Toronto.
Why do we love Toronto so much? First and foremost, the atmosphere and aesthetic of some of Toronto's trendiest places are hard to pass up, whether you're an art enthusiast or just like to look at pretty things. And that's a unifying element you'll notice throughout each of these venues. From chic, photo-worthy backdrops and unique bars to the prettiest rooftop terraces you or your guests have ever seen, there's no shortage of style in this city. Plus, it's fun to getaway. Combine your bridal shower with your bachelorette party for a destination event no one will forget.
For the music obsessed, we've even spotlighted one venue owned by Drake himself. No, you probably won't see the Toronto native there, but you and your guests can dine on everything from guac and spicy kale caesars to four cheese gnocchi and short rib tacos. Want to plan a themed bridal shower instead? You can't go wrong with a traditional German bierhalle, where beer and pretzels will wow your guests. For those looking to plan a classic, elegant shower, consider one of the city's landmark hotels. Make a full day of it by hanging at the indoor pool pre-bridal shower, then retiring to your guest rooms after the festivities are over.
Check out all of the best bridal shower venues in Toronto here, then start planning your pre-wedding party.
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There's no shortage of natural light at this incredibly photo-worthy space. Serving a modern take on classic Italian favorites, the restaurant also features a café and bakery ready to prepare delectable finger foods your bridal shower attendees will eat right up.
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Head to King West neighborhood for a bridal shower at Lavelle, an incredibly chic rooftop space that sits 16 stories above the city. Want to throw the poshest shower yet? Let the bottomless mimosas flow all day long, and you and your guests can enjoy the lounge bar, outdoor pool, and cabanas post-celebration.
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The Drake Hotel
The Drake Hotel (no, the rapper Drake does not live here) should definitely be on your bridal shower bucket list. Book the Sky Yard rooftop which will show you some of the best views of the Toronto skyline while you shower the bride-to-be.
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The beautifully restored Ocho Hotel and Restaurant is located in downtown Toronto just steps from Chinatown and Kensington Market. Take over the upper level space that's lined with windows and exposed brick for year round showering possibilities.
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Not feeling high tea at a hotel? Try Otto's Bierhalle for casual vibes that don't forsake good design. Fill up on German beer and schnitzel in between gift opening and toasting for a new take on the traditional bridal shower venue.
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Fring's & Diablo
Fring's is an upscale dining experience, and by "upscale" we mean that the restaurant has plenty of truffle on hand. Did we mention it's owned by Drake? Underneath the main dining room of Fring's is a mod lounge named Diablo perfect for renting out for shower festivities.
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Drake One Fifty
Drake One Fifty is a bar, a restaurant, and an artistic space all in one. Eclectic murals adorn the walls, leather booths line the restaurant and the floor is a mosaic-like tile. The diner-like space rounds out the shower merry-making with vintage photo booths for ready made party favors.
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Leña will lend a warm, sophisticated vibe to your bridal shower. The menu offers to-die-for South American cuisine but let's not let the imaginative style of the restaurant take the backseat to the delicious food. Rent out the main floor boasting an octagonal bar, marble-sheathed walls, and floor-to-ceiling windows, for a beautiful and delicious engagement party.
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Fairmont Royal York
At the luxurious Fairmont Royal York, find an array of venues where the party potential is endless. This is the shower spot for the discerning bride and her crew who want room to roam, stellar service and maybe even a spot to sleep after the party is over.
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Still considered by many to be a hidden gem, head to the rooftop terrace or the top of The Burroughes sixth floor space for shower sweetness. Wood details, exposed brick and historical inlaids of the old department store, this space is sure to make any soirée shine.