5 under-the-radar event venues in Toronto
Event venues in Toronto run the gamut from bar back rooms, to immense, multi-floor monoliths, to the little guys that rarely top a standard Google search. We've previously covered the best event venues in Toronto, but what about the hidden gems? While these don't have the overt flash of The Royal Conservatory of Music (for example) or the much-publicized and recently opened Arcadian, many of these feature rooms flooded by natural light, loft and industrial accents, and just enough room for you and two-three hundred of your closest friends.
Polyhaus (388 Carlaw Ave.)
Polyhaus opened just a few months ago, and is a highly versatile loft and industrial office space with cement floors and high ceilings that prides itself on being well-suited to a variety of events ranging from private parties to film screenings to musical events. The 2,000 sq-foot space offers a full kitchen and washroom with an elevated wooden loft area for DJs.
LVB (88 Ossington Ave.)
Located above LeVack Block and run by the same team, LVB is suited to everything from showers, to wedding receptions, and even especially lavish birthday parties. The clean, white and cream palette and hardwood flooring lend themselves to an elegant and versatile atmosphere, as does the fleur-de-lis-accented bar and large windows.
Storys Building (11 Duncan St.)
Storys Building is 170 years old and offers the classic brick and beam aesthetic of the time, 14,000 square feet of event space, and multiple floors. It also has an in-house restaurant with a menu that includes cold and hot canapes--such as tuna tartare crowned in chipotle aioli--as well as an extensive menu for sit-down dinners, or food stations such as a raw bar or house made pasta station. You'll also enjoy large windows, natural light, and modern decor.
Loft 404 (263 Adelaide St. West)
Loft 404, also known as the Ambrosia Hub, is an event space divided into three distinct areas with their own personalities, and available for individual or bulk rental. The North Wing looks like your coolest friend's living room, with plush sofas, large windows and a white-bricked wall. The South Wing is a bohemian paradise with its plants, wooden upright piano, red baroque accents and an assortment of paraphernalia that seems perfectly suited to Paris circa 1920. Finally, the West Wing is a modern, sparsely decorated space with primary colours on the walls and a dorm-room-meets-warehouse aesthetic. Each of these come with their own washrooms and kitchens, and you're welcome to bring your own food and drink.
LoftRaum (86 Parliament St.)
Who's in for a party at the home of UrbanAmish Interiors? Built in the 1800s, the space is housed in a designated heritage building and features exposed brick and late 19th century beams, hardwood floors, and soaring 12ft ceilings. The space offers standing capacity for approximately 350 people, or seating room for 150, and personally, I'd be excited to descend along the steel and glass staircase in slow-motion (over and over again).
Photo of Loft 404 by Jesse Milns