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Stirling Room

Photo: Dennis Marciniak

Posted by Stephen M. Baldwin / August 30, 2010

Stirling Room is an upscale Distillery District party with modern variations on a classical structure. Owners Albert Rishes and Simo Korac, industry graduates of Toronto's Club District, are on a mission to draw locals and mature bar and club hoppers to a distinct and classic hideout.

The first thing I notice when I walk through a heavy, auburn quartz door is how dark and intimate the space is - lit, almost entirely, by candlelight. There's a King West lounge vibe, with reserved booths at every corner. The decor is an upscale take on Distillery District design. There is cushy leather and velvet seating with enormous, but somewhat generic, art pieces on each wall.

The front section; a quieter, lounging and mingling-only area, has leather booth seating to one side and a stylish bar (with the same auburn quartz surface) on the other. The second room has plenty of lounging space and another bar, but is positioned for patrons to groove to the DJ (also, see the gigantic bulb wheel chandelier overhead).

The beer on tap is Krombacher, a German brew, but the cocktails here will be the main attraction (once the menu is complete). Until then, ask the front bar's bartender for his signature drink; a fruity vodka mix with Chambord and blueberry juice ($12). Beyond these options, there are plenty of bottled beers ($7). From Monday to Wednesday, Stirling Room settles into a martini lounge atmosphere with light appetizers.

What sets this bar apart is contingent on future plans. Rishes (C-Lounge, Century Room) leads me down two staircases to the basement and shows me a 19th century whiskey kiln that he plans to encase. Behind another door is where the barrels of whiskey were held - a long, eerie tunnel that Rishes plans to convert into a private dining room. If he can make it happen (by next summer, he hopes), there will be nothing else like it in the city.

Formerly A Taste of Quebec (relocated), the venue is a daring place to locate a bar of its sort. "We're looking to attract the twenty-seven plus professional crowd - businesspeople, lawyers and marketing and advertising agencies," says Rishes, "We found that in the clubbing district, everyone was fighting for the same crowd, but we think we've created something unique to attract more people to the east side."

Additional Details

Beers on Tap:
Signature Drink:
Vodka, Chambon and blueberry juice
Bar Snacks:
Lounge music
Live Music:
Who Goes There:
27+ young professionals
Mon-Fri: 5pm-2am; Sat-Sun: 9pm- 2am



Miguel / March 1, 2011 at 5:16 PM

we made a reservation to celebrate a friends birthday well in advance and got it confirmed only if we had bottle service, we agreed to spend the money they forced us to in order to have a booth
Upon our arrival, our names were not on the list, but magically they had a cencellation so they could take us in and assign us a table, again with bottle service only, this was after 45 minutes of having us waiting in line in a snowy day.
Once inside they packed the place to over capacity,it was really hard to move around, very hot and we had only 2 seats and a very small table
we tried to ignore all of this and enjoy out night
At the end and we had to pay, the bill was split so we asked the waitress to apply the charge to 3 credit cards,we were told that thay can do the transactin to 1 credit card only and it will take 45 minutes to process (C'on we are on the 21st century) we were informed of a near by ATM to get cash and that is what we did, we could not wait 45 minutes
a designated driver had only 2 soft drinks and also wanted to pay with credit card, the manager told him that there was a minimum charge of $50 to put it on a CC and same story, wait 45 minutes,this is insane

Lydia Marino / May 17, 2011 at 11:30 AM

I've been at Stirling Room on many occasions,and never had a problem. I'll be sure to let all my friends know about this amazing place in the Distillery District.

MartyMcFly / September 6, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Wow.. I love that dJ booth. So cool.

Justin / November 11, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Great location, great club. The management including Albert and Dan have been more than accommodating with any customer service inquiries I've had in the past and i'm very impressed with their hands-on approach outside of "club hours".

Thanks again,

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