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Inside the NBA All-Star lounge at the Thompson Hotel

It's officially NBA All-Star Weekend in Toronto. Drake kicked it off with an exclusive soiree at Fring's last night, and there are plenty of parties planned for the next few days.

But, where's a celebrity to go if they want to duck out of the spotlight? A VIP lounge filled with $3,100 beverages, perhaps?

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The French ultra-luxury brand RĂŠmy Martin Louis XIII created a pop-up on the first floor of the Thompson Hotel. Louis XIII ambassador Olivia Tran tells me that it's supposed to be a safe haven for visiting A-listers.

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The room is filled with plush furniture and is dotted with bottles of Louis XIII cognac, which retail for $3,100 at the LCBO.

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Tran pours me a shot (though, shot seems disrespectful when you're sipping out of crystal glassware by Christophe Pillet) of this liquid gold. If you manage to slip inside the Thompson, you can try it yourself at the Library Bar for $295 per ounce.

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I also snap a few pics at the on-site photobooth because it's not every day that I get sip on a drink that costs more than everything I own.

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You can access the lounge by invitation only, but Tran tells me it's restricted to an influential crowd; apparently Fabolous hung around until about 5 a.m. last night/this morning.

Photos by Hector Vasquez.


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