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Distillery to be transformed into a giant outdoor patio

Posted by Staff / June 23, 2014

Distillery patioThe Distillery is set to be transformed into a giant outdoor patio as part of a Bacardi-led festival designed to bring a taste of Havana to Toronto. Yes, a corporate takeover, this is - but one that comes with plenty of Cuban music, food, cigars and, yes, rum galore. While one suspects that the transformation will feel a little contrived, it's still a promising idea. The Distillery is already a busy place on weekends in the summer, and providing additional outdoor seating and entertainment is likely to make the area feel like a giant party.

Known as the Bacardi Festival Libra, the three day festival will make the entire brick-lined former industrial area a licensed patio. No word yet on free giveaways, but fingers crossed that this brand takeover Cuban Festival comes complete with some samples. Parents - this might be the weekend to leave the stroller occupants at home. Day drinking can make people rowdy.

The events takes place Friday, July 4th from 2 pm to 11 pm, Saturday, July 5th from 11 am to 11 pm, and Sunday, July 6th fromt 11 am to 5 pm.



ThisJustIn / June 23, 2014 at 03:08 pm
Newsflash: The distillery district is alreay 1 giant patio (not that that's a bad thing!) Ever been?
Steven / June 23, 2014 at 03:33 pm
Dave replying to a comment from ThisJustIn / June 23, 2014 at 03:41 pm
It's not all licensed. Have you ever been?
Cubanito / June 23, 2014 at 03:52 pm
Why is Bacardi doing a Cuban themed party? They haven't been a Cuban rum since 1960. As their recent commercial points out! And they were instrumental in the Helms-Burton Act !
You're drunk already, go home replying to a comment from ThisJustIn / June 23, 2014 at 04:12 pm
Only on licensed patios.

You cant walk around just anywhere with a drink, guy.
Earl / June 23, 2014 at 04:23 pm
Prepare for the loud and drunken hoards of hipsters to dissent onto the cities east end.
stopitman replying to a comment from Earl / June 23, 2014 at 05:43 pm
Earl - the hipsters won't be descending on The Distillery because Bacardi isn't craft distilled nor is is overseen by a man with a groomed moustache.
rum runner / June 23, 2014 at 05:47 pm
I'm not getting the connection between Bacardi and Havana... the distillery is in Brampton. And the company left Cuba decades ago.
Havana Club has been a favourite rum since my first trip to Varadero years ago... and that's actually distilled in Cuba. :o)
also replying to a comment from stopitman / June 23, 2014 at 05:48 pm
Nor is it on Ossington.
Steve / June 23, 2014 at 05:58 pm
Hmm...have to wonder if the Distillery district cannot continue with it original premise. It was about unique one of a kind and independent artistic type shops and restaurants. Now they have stores with multiple locations.
Armando / June 23, 2014 at 06:19 pm
Didn't Bacardi leave Cuba in the 60's? A more accurate event would be bringing the streets of Brampton to life in the distillery - maybe some cool 410 signs will set the mood... I don't know - not really seeing the connection between Cuba and Bacardi. Nice try... I guess
Stop the complaining / June 23, 2014 at 06:44 pm
Cubanito and Armando, take a collective chill pill. Thanks for pedantically setting us all right on the historical aspect of the company, but you are missing the point. It's going to be a party, not a history lesson. Period. Don't go if you object to the lack of historical connection.

A / June 23, 2014 at 07:04 pm
I'm pretty sure they just add water in Brampton. It's shipped concentrated because its cheaper. It is not completely distilled there.
Hi / June 23, 2014 at 07:07 pm
I heard Bacardi left Cuba in the 60s.
Richard / June 23, 2014 at 07:43 pm
Cigars....? im in
sprung / June 23, 2014 at 08:35 pm
Hurray for lung cancer and liver failure. All in one spot .
Ricky Ricardo's / June 23, 2014 at 10:23 pm
Join us for fresh Mojitos and Cuban Salsa at Ricky Ricardo's Restaurant and Mojito Bar. 423 College Street. FB - Ricky Ricardo's TO
Yvonne / June 23, 2014 at 11:48 pm
hipsters are disgusting!!!
Jason / June 24, 2014 at 12:00 am
I just went this past weekend and loved all the patios in such a historic setting.
It's my new favorite place in Toronto
Stop and think, cubanito / June 24, 2014 at 12:16 am
Can you really blame them for leaving Cuba? After all, YOU did, too. Don't you see a touch of hypocrisy in your objections? Okay for you to leave, but not Bacardi? Double standards if you ask me.Cubanito. If Bacardi had NOT left Cuba after the revolution, it would be a tiny little company instead of a world wide label.
cubanito / June 24, 2014 at 12:18 am
do you know anything about the Batista regime Esteban?

Fidel eliminated racism....until tourism came back
cubanito / June 24, 2014 at 12:33 am
I did too? Its a PR/ Mexico company. I'm sure if it wasn't so hostile it could negotiate with the Cuban government and recreate something
Ernesto / June 24, 2014 at 07:28 am
Ricky Ricardo........ what do you mean by Cuban Salsa ? I bet you meant Cuban Traditional Son or Timba cubana .... isn't it?
pre / June 24, 2014 at 08:54 am
hipsters are boring. but take themselves real, real serious. which is hilarious, until it gets boring again.
Kelly / June 24, 2014 at 09:13 am
I would rather an inauthentic "Taste of Cuba" with Cuban (-inspired) food, booze, and music rather than the cheap and tawdry "Taste of the Danforth" and "Taste of Little Italy" - which are nothing more than generic, bland, street fairs with bouncy castles, beer gardens with insane lineups, and tacky dollar store clothing and tat.

Who cares if it isn't legit or even real Cuban rum? It's something new in a city that can do little more than spin its wheels on a good day, but if you don't like it, don't go. It's that simple.
Stop and think, cubanito / June 24, 2014 at 09:15 am
Yes, cubanito. People who leave Cuba themselves should understand why companies did the same thing.
Havefun / June 24, 2014 at 09:29 am
So much hostility over where Bacardi it's from. Bacardi was founded in Cuba maybe that's why they want to stick to that theme. Plus who wouldn't want to go to a Cuban themed party. We are awesome people! Just forget the history go there and enjoy yourselves.
MAD / June 24, 2014 at 10:11 am
this comments section is what is wrong with Toronto.
Corporate / June 24, 2014 at 11:57 am
Since when do we alter our public spaces to one corporate brand so they can push their own products on us? This is not sponsorship of a larger event (Taste of the Danforth, Little Italy), this is Bacardi creating its own event to sell us and promote only their brand? Why can't more Rum Brands be part of this?
Kelly replying to a comment from Corporate / June 24, 2014 at 02:22 pm
The Distillery District is private property, not public.
Scot / June 24, 2014 at 10:03 pm
Bacardi was founded in Cuba in the 1880's and remained their until 1960. They would still be there if their land and buildings weren't "nationalized" by Castro. They are still a family owned business and their Chairman (a Bacardi) recently stated their desire to return (at least some operations of) the business to Cuba if and when they're able. Seems to me that they have as much right to celebrate their Cuban heritage as anyone!
Stop, full stop. / June 24, 2014 at 10:26 pm
Here here, Scot. Well said, and I hope this puts an end to the silly bitching. People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.
OK then! Corporate. replying to a comment from Kelly / June 24, 2014 at 10:45 pm
Since when do we rent out our private property to a corporatiom that will only use it to sell their products back to ourselves?
Think again, Corporate / June 25, 2014 at 12:29 am
Private property can and frequently IS rented out to whomever the owners of the private property choose. You are confusing "Private" and "Public", as Canadians frequently do.
Why so grumpy?! / June 25, 2014 at 01:35 pm
I'm sitting here laughing at how angry everyone is over this.
In my mind it sounds like an awesome event. A chance to go enjoy the Distillery District with a bit of a Cuban touch.
If it doesn't sound like a good time to you, don't go.
aficionado / June 29, 2014 at 06:51 pm
An evening of cigars, rum, and music. Not sure what all the whining is about. Sounds like a great time! Distillery dist. is the perfect location for such an event.
Murphy / July 3, 2014 at 10:41 am
MY GAWD, all of you negative Neds/Nellies SERIOUSLY need to take a day off and maybe a good ole shot of rum is exactly what you need to lighten you up! PLEASE, do us all a favour and DO NOT attend this event, thank you very much. YAY, SOOOOO looking forward to this!
Love hot summer day drunkeness / July 3, 2014 at 09:18 pm
Really why do the grumpy people love to hate on things fun? Get laid, go to the beach, or sit around on a patio and drink all day with a cigar in hand. Your choice. If you don't like it, go and hang out with your too kool for skool posse on the west end. I'm off work at noon and know where I'm heading
Andrew replying to a comment from ThisJustIn / July 5, 2014 at 11:51 am
The distillery is not one giant patio, it's filled with pointless little shops, a complete lacklustre execution to what could have been one of the best spots in the city.

It should be one giant outdoor patio all summer.

Plus get rid of the John fleufog store, ugly shoes need to go away.
Whiners / July 5, 2014 at 12:31 pm
So much whining, so little time. There is a solid core of party-poopers who follow BlogTo that whine and complain about EVERYTHING. God I get sick of hearing them trashing everything and trying to make what should be a fun weekend into one of their own downer experiences. Grow up.
Pete / July 6, 2014 at 01:04 am
Agree with Whiners! I typically never post on here because everyone is so negative. I was there tonight, it was pretty cool....drinks on the street, music, cigars....places were packed! I have never see that before.....what a great city and great theme. The the DB's should stay in and keep their comments to themselves ;) No wonder the rest of Canada hates us.....
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