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Best BAR VENUES IN TORONTO FOR YOUR NEXT Dante Raphael Concepcion Graffiti Hospitality UNIQUE EVENT A s a consultant and developer of internationally recognized spirit brand campaigns; bar concept & design development; and hospitality driven activations - I've experienced my fair share of events within a multitude of various bar venues. The hardest part about hosting any type of event is finding a venue that will cater to your specific purpose and demographic. Without a doubt, the "bar" is a sorely misunderstood and under-tapped venue when considering space. Whether you're hosting a networking event, client dinner, or a company celebration-a bar might not always be your first choice, but it can be the right choice. Here are my favourite bars for each type of function: TEAM BUILDING TRACK & FIELD - College Street An adult indoor playground, Track & Field is a casual venue for some fun team-building. They offer two lanes of both Bocce ball and Deck Shuffleboard and say they have "an unmatched enthusiasm for games generally played by the elderly." No pretentiousness - just classic, adult-time fun. THE CLIENT DINNER FIGO - Richmond Street Need to host a client meeting but want to avoid the same ol' steak dinner? Figo, which opened last Fall, is the latest restaurant concept from Charles Khabouth. Contemporary and Italian inspired, Figo offers an expansive restaurant space, stunning modern design, and some downright delicious food. Step up your dining game and bring your clients or your team here. It's a showstopper. COOL, CASUAL, INTIMATE NETWORKING SPACE LINWOOD ESSENTIALS - Queen Street West If you're looking for an intimate space to host a small gathering or mixer, Linwood Essentials on Queen Street West is one of your best bets. This venue features friendly staff, cozy booths, delicious craft cocktails, a bar designed to look like a library, and décor to spark conversation, Linwood provides the ideal atmosphere for a gathering of up to 40 people. A bonus: they're not open to the general public until 7pm on weekdays, so you might be able to snag a great deal on a private function during or just-after work hours. Did I mention they have an awesome classic popcorn maker? THE CORPORATE, NOT-SO-CORPORATE PARTY THE ADDISONS RESIDENCE - Wellington Street West Everyone knows The Addisons throw the best parties. Think of The Addisons as an extension of your own luxury home. Three different rooms that seamlessly flow together and combine plenty of lounge seating, three full bars, shuffleboard, foosball, air hockey and more-perfect for entertaining. Oh, and their lead mixologist just happens to be Canada's only Master Tequilier. Arriba! THE VERSATILE SPACE WITH A VIEW THE THOMPSON HOTEL ROOFTOP - Wellington Street West Location. Location. Location. The Thompson Rooftop lounge offers enclosed and open rooftop space, modern low-profile seating and a bar with some of the city's best drink-slingers, making it perfect for both formal and informal gatherings of all types. Take a step outside, and you'll be greeted with one of the best views the city of Toronto has to offer. LET THE EVENT COME TO YOU GRAFFITI HOSPITALITY - Citywide Don't feel like herding a large party into a venue... and dealing with parking? Bring the party to you. Graffiti Hospitality offers custom spirit tastings, cocktail workshops and a full-range of team-building exercises that can be done in your home or office. ● Dante Raphael Concepcion is the Co-Founder and Director of Operations at Graffiti Hospitality and can be reached at 10 * MEETING | MARCH/APRIL 2016 | LINKEDIN: MPI TORONTO CHAPTER

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Meeting MPI Toronto - March/April 2016

President’s Message
Editor’s Word
Welcome, New Members!
Upcoming Events
Selling to the Buyers of Today
Best Bar Venues in Toronto for Your Next Unique Event
Destination Spotlight
Myth vs. Reality: Debunking Planner Stereotypes
How to Keep Your Audience Awake
The Best Come From Ontario’s Event Management Programs
Best Tips for Industry Newcomers
Tools to Help You Run Your Business in 2016
Transforming the Attendee Experience with Creative Show-Floor Design
iSpy MPI
Chapter Speaks: What is the Best MPI Event You Ever Attended?
Advertiser Index

Meeting MPI Toronto - March/April 2016