The Libertine Launch party: 20 shots of partygoers inside Toronto’s new mysterious speakeasy
In the grand tradition of secret bars and speakeasies, The Libertine may have one of the best locations out there. Hidden behind a tarot card reader’s business, the basement entrance to Toronto’s newest restaurant is sure to prompt many double takes. However, thanks to the crowd that gathered for last night’s launch party, the secretive snack bar is destined to become quite well known in the months to come.
A mix of fashion and foodie guests mingled while hand-crafted cocktails and bites of fried chicken made the rounds. Anita Clarke, wearing a custom plaid Philip Sparks jacket, looked just as dapped as her well-suited table mates, including the designer himself and NOW’s Andrew Sardone. Holt Renfew’s Blaire Borins matched the mysterious mood of the decor in a slate-grey Greta Constantine dress while ornamental necklaces and bright lipsticks were accessory of choice for other guests. In keeping with The Libertine’s mysterious vibe, the aforementioned tarot card reader was on hand, interpreting the tarot cards that each guest was given on entry. And chef Léonie Lilla also worked the room, going from table to table seeking feedback on the menu. (But the only real demand we heard was “more, please!”)