Now that Halloween is officially over, it’s time to start thinking about the holidays, and of course, holiday parties.
Company get-togethers can sometimes be a little lame, but they don’t have to be. Once you find the right setting, everything else will fall into place.
Here are some of Toronto’s best venues to make this year’s company holiday party the best one yet.
Rich with Toronto history, Aperture Room is located on the third floor of the historic Thornton-Smith building and offers a loft-like space that can host up to 180 guests. The stunning heritage property features five two-storey showroom windows topped with stone arches, as well as restored hardwood floors, a chalkboard graffiti wall (a perfect backdrop for all your party snaps), and a custom designed bar.
2nd Floor Events
2nd Floor Events has opened its doors for everything from media events to weddings since it hit the downtown core a few years back. The 3,000 square foot space on King West is open-concept with an industrial feel that offers a vibe that’s far from your stuffy office party, thanks to exposed brick walls, large windows, and a large bar area that will ensure minimal backlog as guests wait for drinks (which, as everyone knows, are essential at an office party).
Arcadian Loft is a no-fail option when it comes to a memorable event. It really offers a space that’s customizable to suit the needs of any office party – whether you’re in advertising or finance. And it doesn’t matter if you’re a growing startup or a major corporation, the 6773 square-foot space can be divided up into five rooms, each featuring state-of-the-art technology and customizable décor.
The Gardiner Museum
The glass-filled Gardiner Museum includes stunning views of iconic Toronto spots like Queen’s Park and the Royal Ontario Museum. Catering is exclusively provided by the always reliable à la Carte Kitchen Inc. or the famous Jamie Kennedy Event Catering. Another bonus? The space can be divided into varying sizes to accommodate your entire company.
Toronto Region Board of Trade (TRBOT)
Conveniently located in the heart of the Financial District, TRBOT’s Lennox Hall offers a refined office party venue, with clean and modern lines and no shortage of Art Deco-filled views thanks to their floor-to-ceiling windows. Lennox Hall has a chef-driven kitchen and five-star service team to deliver crowd-pleasing dishes from the beloved (and consistently reliable) Oliver & Bonacini brand.
Steam Whistle Brewery
Steam Whistle Brewery offers an airy, rustic interior, complete with photo-worthy views of the cityscape. Naturally, you won’t find a shortage of good beer. And what better way to bond with coworkers than toasting the year over beer?
The Burroughes Building
The Burroughes Building – originally built as a department store over a hundred years ago – has been renovated to preserve its character (but you probably knew that by now, thanks to the cycle of young professional-filled events to grace the venue). The open space features exposed brick, wood detailing, and high ceilings. You’re free to bring in your own vendors, and purchase your own alcohol and permit.
If you’re in search of a completely customizable experience that’s as unique as your coworkers are, Canvas may be your best option. The warehouse-like event space is located within the leading home furniture retailer Elte Market in the heart of the Castlefield Design District and is the result of a collaboration between Elte and the Food Dudes. Guests are invited to curate their own experiences in the same way that they would design their living room (and given the Elte brand, you’ll find no shortage of style inspiration to impress your coworkers).