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The Drake Hotel

1150 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON
2 reviews
Business claimed Last updated: Over a year ago
About The Drake Hotel

The Drake Hotel is not just a place to sleep and eat, it is a hotbed for culture. It has become a landmark in Toronto because of its unique approach to all things art + culture, entertainment and hospitality. The design-oriented hotel, known for its “crash pads,” stylish rooms is a mainstay at many festivals including Canadian Music Week and the Toronto International Film Festival. Even if you’re not staying here, it’s worth a stop for a bite to eat at the Drake Café or Drake Lounge, to check out a show in the Underground, or to imbibe on a few cocktails at the chic rooftop patio, Sky Yard. The design and aesthetics of our Sky Yard change seasonally, from a refreshing oasis in the summer to a warm and cozy retreat in the winter with plenty of space to curl up under a blanket sipping our winter cocktails or enjoying a hearty meal. It also gets bonus points for a view of the city and big comfy benches! Room 222, a perfect nook for hosting private affairs, is available day and night for decadent dinner parties, creative collaborations or company brainstorming session events. The Drake has a ton of history behind it, the building dates back to 1890. You can see some of the original architectural elements in the lobby like the famous grand staircase. The neighbourhood is full of fun bars, live music, art, shops, and cute restaurants/cafes! Go to full description...

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By non-member8269 on Feb 09, 2009
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There were rip-off elements, which spoiled the good food and atmosphere. The Drake charges an 18% compulsory gratuity on every bill and had a space for "additional tip" on the credit card receipt. They presented a one-page menu sheet that showed the "Winterlicious menu" side-by-side with a more expensive and jazzy "Drakelicious menu". Our guests didn't see the difference and ordered from the more expensive "Drakelicious" menu,although we'd budgeted for Winterlicious prices. The Drake's practices left a bad taste.
By KAT on Sep 25, 2007
I know you can be overwhelmed and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever just be whelemed? I think you can in Europe
Brunch is a Toronto institution. Dont fuck it up. Those whom the Drake has dubbed "neo-cool, post-modern alt-hipsters (no, seriously, they have)", a breed rarely seen during daylight hours, hit the streets in droves on Saturday and Sunday afternoons in search of brunch. You can spot them by their ironic sunglasses and last night's outfit.

ANYWAY, these people are serious about brunch. The Drake has designated itself centre of the trendy Queen West West district (I beg to differ), but they suck at brunch.

We wandered in on Saturday after a failed attempt at a different brunch spot. The streetside patio was full of happy brunch-goers, the weather was great, we got a prime spot in the shade, there were complementary croissants and jam- things were looking up. We ordered two breakfast burritos (a brunch staple!). They arrived quickly, then the fun stopped. They were bland. Really bland. I dont know how you mess up burrito- they are, by definition, supposed to be full of flavour. Use some salt, maybe some pepper. Do something, please.

Abstract: Brunch at the Drake is bland. Dont take food from strangers who use phrases like "neo-cool, post-modern alt-hipsters".

The end!
Comment by JennyK on Sep 25, 2007
i bet the mcdonald's breakfast burritos are better. THAT is saying something. cardboard wrapped in a tortilla can be yours for a mere $3.99 at mickey d's...im guessing a whole $10 cheaper than at the drake.
Comment by KAT on Sep 25, 2007
I believe they were $9. but they also didnt come with the guilt and inordinately large amount of unpronouncable chemicals which mcdonalds provides with every meal, I think that is actually a plus one for the drake.
Comment by steph on Nov 08, 2007
I boo the drake too. All they are good for is summer afternoon cocktails on their rooftop patio...and they are really good at that.
Comment by tmobrien13 on Dec 19, 2007
I have been there since it opened a few times...on a Sunday afternoon/// Brunch was great!
Stick to the Eggs Benedict or something caloric with a artery hardening sauce...it removes the hangover too!
Mind you...it could have been the Caesar? LOL
I shall return for an update...I feel a hangover coming on...

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The coolest thing to hit "Queen west-west", has been the refurbishment of the Drake. It has become the perfect meeting place for Toronto neo-cool, post-modern alt-hipsters. Besides internet ready rooms for rent, the hotel has a cafe, a raw (sushi) bar, lounge and "The Dining room", which is home to hip fusion chef David Chrystian. Stay up late and enjoy live entertainment in The Underground room, hangout on the rooftop patio, check out the latest art installations then go for a yoga first thing in the morning.
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