THE DRAKE HOTEL 1150 Queen West, 416-531-5042
VIBE A weird clash of the yuppie and the artsy. Very busy most nights, the lounge generally has DJs playing rock, while the basement often hosts indie bands and sometimes weird little nights involving theme karaoke, board games or video art. The big, comfortable patio upstairs seems to be the main attraction when it's nice outside. Nice-looking overall, lots of attention to design. More for chilling out and drinking than dancing.
VALUE There's no cover for the lounge or patio, but there's usually a $5 cover for the basement. Drinks are mid-priced. The place looks pricier than it is.
BATHROOMS Like the rest of the Drake, the bathrooms look nice and are kept clean. No washroom attendants yet.
LINEUP Come early if you're looking to hang out in the lounge or on the patio, as there's often a queue, especially on weekends.