Toronto’s Best Venues For Corporate Events – 2023 Edition
Here is a selection of Toronto’s best venues for corporate events!
As we all know too well, some venues are better than others…
Some look after you like royalty and offer great food and service.
Some try to wrangle every dollar they can from you, with hidden charges and cardboard food.
Whether it be a dive bar or fancy restaurant, there are good and bad choices to be made. Here’s a helpful selection of Toronto’s best venues for hosting corporate events at, that we have experienced first hand. They’ve received positive feedback from our clients, and we’re happy to recommend them.
The main point is as a portable corporate entertainment provider, we can go anywhere. It’s advisable to choose a private or semi-private area, as we will be making noise. Hopefully laughing too…
Lots of potential clients worry about the AV in the venue. Don’t! Once you’ve decided on your chosen place, we can liaise with the events manager there to work out what we need to provide. Some venues have excellent in house systems, some require us to bring a powered speaker and microphone. In most cases, you do not need to pay extra for any AV kit for our session – we can bring this as part of the service.
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$ = Great value
$$ = Expected Toronto bar prices
$$$ = Finer dining or higher service costs
$$$$ = High-end spaces for showpiece events
BARS / RESTAURANTS
Bar Hop (Peter Street location)
$$ / suits crowds of 30-40 people / barhopbar.com
Excellent beer selection and decent food platters. The main floor room provides a great atmosphere as it feels full with 30-40 people. Recommended for a good after-work vibe, or for a relaxed social event.
Elephant & Castle
$$ / suits crowds of up to 50-80 people / elephantandcastle.com
The Windsor Room at the back is a good option for downtown businesses, as it is private with its own bar. Food is good pub fare and the minimum spend is reasonable.
NOTE: Advise is to only book this place if you have at least 50 people and are able to request the whole of the Windsor Room. If you have a smaller group they will fill the remaining tables in the room with general public which is not ideal for this kind of event.
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$$ / suits crowds of 25-75 people / joebird.ca
A new entry to this list of Toronto’s best venues for corporate events. Right on the lake so views are great, food is tasty fried and deep smoked chicken! Friendly service and a great atmosphere when filled with 50+ people.
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The Goodman Pub
$$$ / suits crowds of 150-200 people / fabrestaurants.ca
A big space, it’s good for an event where some people may quiz whilst others choose to socialise in another part of the bar as it has a back games area and a wraparound patio.
$$$ / suits crowds of 50 (seated) or 80 (some standing)
Right in the heart of the downtown business district, the downstairs area can be booked out for a reasonable amount. Buffet food was tasty and well presented. Complete with ping pong tables for fun after the quiz.
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PJ O Brien’s
$ / suits crowds of 30-50 / pjobrien.com
A recent favourite.
A great option for a good value, cheerful downtown spot with two bookable spaces for groups of 30-50. The top room of the pub is private with its own bar. On the main floor there is a room off the side of the main area also with its own bar. Fill it with 30 people and the atmosphere will be great!
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$$$$ / suits crowds of 100-150 / https://mcewangroup.ca/bymark/
We hosted a fabulous outdoor event in the summer of 2022 on their patio. Beneath the towers of the financial district, it’s about as central as it gets for lawyers and bankers. There is also a downstairs room which looks very classy. The client reported that it wasn’t cheap – but probably it’s in line with other such high end locations in the heart of downtown. They did say the food was fantastic.
$$ / suits crowds of 60 / bottomlineto.com/
This venue has a semi-private area which can hold about 60, and they’ve recently added a bar. Offering cash bars or inclusive packages, this could be a good afternoon choice when alcohol consumption may be lower.
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Oliver & Bonacini
$$ / suits crowds of 30 / oliverbonacinievents.com
A well known restaurant brand in Toronto, this venue has a private room at the front. Fill it with 30 people and the atmosphere will be just what you need. Great location for Union station for people travelling.
$$$ / suits crowds of 30-40 / biffsbistro.com
Also part of the O&B roster, this is more of a sit down affair, with a more thorough menu featuring steak choices and sea food. There are rooms such as the Red Room which can accommodate 30-40 people and offer a private space for entertaining afterwards.
Goose Island / Biermarkt (Esplanade)
$$ / suits crowds of 20-100 / thebiermarkt.com
A recent favourite.
This place has many options as it combines the BierMarkt location and the Goose Island brewpub. You can have a laid back social event in the brewpub for 20-30 people, or a more dedicated catered event in the Bottle Shop. There’s a large interior space for the larger crowds. Food is decent and the beer selection is massive.
The Loft – Distillery District
$$ / suits crowds of 50-100 / https://www.distilleryevents.com/the-loft
Upstairs behind popular hotspot El Catrin you can find The Loft, which is great for groups of around 50. There is an area off the main dining section with high tables which is great for an event, and people reported favourable food and service.
Firkin on Harbour
$ / suits crowds of up to 100 / firkinpubs.com/firkinonharbour
Low-hassle and reliable, this Firkin can offer a space for 100 people or so along the side area, whilst not affecting other diners, so it’s not going to break the bank.
$ / suits crowds of up to 30 / luckycloverpub.ca
This friendly establishment has a room at the front that can be used for 30-50 people. With views of the CN Tower, this is a good choice for those wanting a location close to Union station that won’t break the bank.
ALSO WORTH CONSIDERING
$$$ / suits crowds of 60-200 people / www.theballroom.ca
Big space for a large group of 200, with a central bar, or a private room for around 50-60. Can be combined with a bowling package for a full day out. Ask for Amanda firstname.lastname@example.org.
$ / suits crowds of 30-50 / cestwhat.com
Has a private area downstairs, which has its own bar.
HOTELS / OTHER VENUES
Osgoode Hall – Temporarily Closed
$$ / suits crowds of up to 120 people / lsuc.on.ca/osgoode-hall/
One of Toronto’s oldest and most beautiful dining halls can be hired for external events, and it won’t break the bank. Great service and plentiful food in a classy location!
$$$$ / suits crowds of up to 200 people / shangri-la.com/toronto/
For a turn-key system for a big event, this is fair choice. Big space and the level of service you would expect.
Fairmont Royal York
$$$ / suits crowds of all sizes / fairmont.com/royal-york-toronto
This place doesn’t need an introduction. Many event rooms with all the technology and assistance you need. Smack bang opposite Union station for the GO-trainers.
Yorkville & Midtown Toronto
BARS / RESTAURANTS (from West to East)
$ / suits crowds of 100 / hemingways.to
This venue is laid out over several floors, so there are a couple of options for spaces to entertain, including a covered patio.
$$$ / suits crowd of 30 / barreyna.com
For a unique experience in Yorkville, the covered garden here is totally different. Small and cosy, with classy mediterranean decor this is an outdoor dining experience at any time of the year. You can hire the whole thing depending on the date. We held a bunch event with Bain and it was a hit with the punters and organisers!
$$$ / suits crowds of 20-50 / sassafraz.ca
This classy location has a first floor which can be set up for 20 or up to 50. Finely tuned dining and plenty of servers on hand, this is a good choice for a more sophisticated event and one of the best venues for corporate events in Yorkville.
$ / suits crowds of 30-70 / thepilot.ca
A favourite of ours in the heart of Yorkville, we’ve hosted events at The Pliot many times. The room upstairs is a great shout for our nights as it is private, has its own bar and stage. Lovely staff!
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Shenanigans (Yonge & St. Clair)
$ / suits crowds of 50-150 / shenaniganspubpatio.com
You may know it as Scallywags, the name has recently changed but the venue is much the same. For a summer event, the covered rooftop patio is brilliant. It’s not expensive, with decent food and drinks. A section of the rooftop can be hired for an event for 30-40 people, or commandeer the whole place with 100 people. In the winter there is a regular pub room downstairs, though we’ve not hosted an event there yet.
Piano Piano (Mount Pleasant)
$$$ / suits crowds of up to 60 / pianopianotherestaurant.com
A recent event hosted here was a success. A tasty set menu with delicious choices, cocktails and a good wine selection. A small outdoor patio for mingling, and a room which lends itself well to a good atmosphere when there is 40-50 people in it.
The Beaches Best Venues for Corporate Events
The Stone Lion
$ / suits crowds of 40 (inside) and 90 (outside) / stonelionpub.com
Local, fresh and friendly is their motto – and it’s accurate! You’ll find a great beer selection and food on offer, with some of the happiest server staff in the GTA. Cosy in the winter, and in the summer you can book one of their patios for al fresco trivia – one of the best venues for corporate events outdoors in Toronto!
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$ (just the ferry) / suits a crowd of around 20
A popular choice last summer was island trivia! Find a spot anywhere… and do an outdoor quiz. For power reasons, a speaker and microphone is not possible so this works for small groups where they can all hear the host speaking.
Etobicoke (more to come)
$$$ / suits crowds of up to 150 / vue.bypeterandpauls.com
With a panoramic ‘vue’ over the golf course, this classy venue has a great outlook. This is a dedicated event space so it suits a large crowd well, would be a good idea for a company evening event or office party.
MISSISSAUGA, BURLINGTON, VAUGHAN AND BEYOND – MORE TO COME!
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