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Suits Lobby Lounge

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Posted by Caroline Leung / March 20, 2012

Suits Lobby Lounge is nothing if not convenient. Nestled in the corner of the Trump Tower lobby, it makes for an ideal place for a post-work cocktail for the Bay Street crowd. Despite having recently opened, the place is already packed by 6:30 p.m. on a weekday evening when I arrive. And there are suits everywhere. There is only one man without a tie and jacket; he rips his toque off in record time before hurrying to the back where his friends are.

The place is small, with cushioned booths of glossy leather. An enormous black crystal chandelier hovers over a good third of the space. The bar would exude luxury if it weren't for the LED scrolling sign informing me of plummeting stock prices next to the flat-screen with tonight's game on. ("It's like if Hoops had a budget surplus," a friend remarks, not inaccurately.)

The music is equally schizophrenic, switching between Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and Miles Davis. Past 8pm, the manager abandons all hope of class and turns up the Top 40. The men at the next table seem to welcome it. After all, this is a post-work joint; there's an obvious thirst for mindlessness.

It's unclear as to what kind of bar Suits aspires to be, though there is no doubt that it is a bar. The drinks are delightful, though pricey; the cocktails range from $18 to $22, and a pint is $9. They have a signature cherry vodka from a local distillery, which they use in a martini (shaken with sweet vermouth and bitters) and a spritz (with gewurztraminer, St. Germain, syrup, and cranberry juice). I ask the bartender if either are worth it. "It tastes like Halls," she replies. She's not wrong, though it's more pleasant than expected. Despite the drinkability of the cocktails, there are no bar snacks, though staff assure me a proper menu is on its way.

For those who've had a long day at the office and are looking for a place to gather your (suited) minions before a big night out, this place might be ideal. For those looking to conduct a relaxed business rendezvous, this place will suffice, though come early. For serious drinkers looking for a more-than-just-decent cocktail, this place is mere fluff.

Additional Details

Beers on Tap:
Steamwhistle, Duggan’s No. 9 India Pale Ale, Neustadt 10w30
Signature Drink:
Cherry Blossom Martini
Bar Snacks:
None officially, though if desperate they will pityingly deliver some popcorn in a martini glass or chocolate-covered almonds in a shot glass
Patio:
Yes
Music/Genre:
Top 40, with sporadic inserts of jazz
Live Music:
No
Who Goes There:
Bay Street
Hours:
4pm - 12am daily

Discussion

11 Comments

Ben / March 20, 2012 at 1:19 PM
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Wow. I did not expect to see three Ontario craft beers on tap when I clicked this review. I always figured the Donald would prefer huge corporate brewers to the local guys.

Cyril Sneer / March 20, 2012 at 1:27 PM
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Trump has no involvement with this; he just slaps his name on whoever throws him enough money.

Jessica / March 20, 2012 at 3:33 PM
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I've been there. Way overrated, small and generic to be honest. If you actually study the decor it looks kind of shoddy and cheap...feels like some corners were cut IMO.

mayor dodge / March 20, 2012 at 4:20 PM
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Any place that pipes in Justin is not worth visiting. I hate to spit up single malt whiskey after hearing that diaper-boy pipsqueak after hearing a great Miles Davis tune. What monkey brain sets this up? Get a grip, fools.

missbliss / March 20, 2012 at 10:52 PM
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Thanks for the warning

missbliss / March 20, 2012 at 10:53 PM
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This place sounds like a complete nightmare

Eric26 / March 22, 2012 at 3:13 AM
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Wow that decor is tacky.

QStoss / April 13, 2012 at 9:18 PM
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Not everybody posting comments here frequents the downtown finance district watering holes I take it?

I'm keen to see what the Shangri-La is going to have.

Julia / December 12, 2012 at 5:45 AM
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tell me is it worth it to go there?

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