Drake One Fifty: 51 stylish launch party photos
The Drake Hotel can easily be credited with introducing Bay Street types to Queen West, and now, with the launch of Drake One Fifty, they’re reversing the flow. Nested between Toronto’s tallest skyscrapers and expense account-funded bars, the Drake has transplanted its signature sense of (dare we say hipster?) style into a standalone restaurant that will change the scene of the downtown core.
While the space has been on the radar of Toronto’s style set for months, doors officially opened earlier this week with a jam-packed party. From Holt Renfrew’s Moira Wright and Jennifer Daubney to artists Tommy Matejka and Niall McLelland, the guest list was a perfectly curated uptown/downtown mix. In typical Drake Hotel fashion, Drake One Fifty is as much about art and interior design as it is the food. Most of the dining room sits under a huge wooden pergola, designed by Brothers Dressler, book-ended with artwork by Douglas Coupland and Micah Lexier. (You’ll also be sure to see the extremely photogenic emerald-green leather bar stools and banquettes in the background of Instagrams for years to come.)
The geometric tile floor—which wouldn’t look out of place in a M.C. Escher illustration—was the setting for many a shoe selfie and also seemed to be outfit inspiration for partygoers. Black and white dominated the night, from Tonya Papanikolov’s striped pants and Faith Orfus‘ sheer dress to Gemma Capone’s pitch-perfect silver jacket that brightened her all-black look. Needless to say, Drake One Fifty kept the party going strong well into the night—even the neon orange garden gnomes who hold court on the extended patio space looked ready to pack it in by the evening’s end.