If the future wasn’t looking bleak enough, cuffing season is fast approaching.
Cuffing season, for those who don’t know, is the time of the year when people settle down in an effort to avoid the gloomy winter weather. If you don’t want to turn to Tinder or go on a blind date in hopes of finding a hibernation partner, we’re here to help.
With the help of our friends at Booking.com, we found the best hotel lobbies in Toronto to meet your significant other (SO) for the long winter season of Netflix and Chill.
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Whether it’s after work or on a Saturday night, hotel lobbies (and their bars) are always filled with a wide variety of people (Not just business men!). From great cocktails to prime people watching, there’s no better place to spend your free time. Who knows? Maybe you’ll find yourself an international boo who will casually whisk you away to another (warmer) destination for the winter months.
The Lounge at The Drake Hotel
From live music to unique cocktails, the Drake and its eclectic lobby is unlike any other. There’s always something happening at this West Queen West establishment, like Wednesday trivia nights and cook-offs to live music (in case you wanted a SO who’s a bit nerdy or loves to cook). Known as one of the most vibrant bar scenes in the city, it’s nearly impossible not to meet someone new. Bond over the hotel’s art scene and food at this Toronto cultural gem. The après work menu featuring “Drake + Bake” – a mix of bread, crisps and spreads – is ideal for two. Let’s just say you won’t be searching for things to talk about.
d|bar at the Four Seasons Toronto
You may think this Yorkville oasis is limited to the rich and famous, but you’ll be surprised by the liveliness of the hotel’s street level lounge d|bar. Open until 2:00 am on the weekends, the hotel’s contemporary lobby and bar is the place to see and be seen. From young entrepreneurs to fashionable go-getters, you’re sure to spot some eye candy. Get to know one another over shared plates of artisanal cheese and charcuterie, while sipping on a cocktail made up of seasonal ingredients.
The Lobby Lounge at the Shangri-La Toronto
Set in the financial district, it won’t be hard to find your type at the Shangri-La’s dimly lit 90-seat Lobby Lounge. There’s no need to feel outside your comfort zone in this urban living room – where you’ll be surrounded by two storey windows, large paintings, sculptures, and a grand piano set. Get close to your potential SO on the lush leather sofas and chairs, while enjoying the Asian-inspired menu. The best part? The lobby’s evening entertainment – just to make your night a little more romantic.
The Ritz Bar at The Ritz-Carlton Toronto
A favourite of celebrities, athletes and politicians alike, this luxury hotel may introduce you to a famous partner to join you this winter season. Steps away from the entertainment district, head to this sleekly designed lobby after watching the Raptors play and enjoy the local wine menu and exclusive Cheese Cave. With both an urban and rustic atmosphere, you’re sure to find a range of people up to your cuffing standards. Make your way to the Ritz Bar, a cocktail bar and Peruvian tapas-style restaurant featuring live Jazz music to set the mood.
The Lobby Bar at the Thompson Toronto
Set amongst Toronto’s eclectic art galleries, restaurants and nightlife on King West, this trendy boutique hotel is a hot-spot every night of the week. Start your evening with friends at the very intimate Lobby Bar to catch sight of all the hot commodities coming through. If you want even more selection, head to Wildflower, the Thompson’s ultra-chic underground nightlife lounge. Bring out your best moves and get ready to spot your next suitor on the dance floor. You can even end a night of fun at the Thompson Diner to really get to know one another.
Lobby Bar at the Le Germain Hotel
In the heart of the entertainment district, it will be difficult to not be entertained while hanging out at Le Germain’s lobby. We know it’s often hard to find the time to find a significant other with work and other commitments, so head to this modern, glamorous, and brightly lit lobby after work – a very popular time for the lobby bar. After all, work outfits can, in fact, be alluring. The free WiFi, available in all areas of the hotel, is an added bonus – perfect for Snapchatting a pic of your potential match to your bestie.
Teller’s Bar & Lounge at the One King West Hotel & Residences
Though built in 1914, there’s nothing old-fashioned about this elegant hotel or the people who spend time there. The hotel’s grand Teller’s Bar & Lounge, surrounded by historic opulence and architecture, is the ultimate spot to seek out an SO. Send a drink over from the premier cocktail menu and get ready to fall head over heels at this romantic venue. If all else fails, you can always find comfort in the lobby’s late-night menu.