The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is one of the largest publicly attended film festivals in the world.
For 11 days in September, Toronto is set to be brimming with screenings, presentations, and special events graced by the film industry’s biggest names. It’s no wonder downtown Toronto is always jam-packed with premiere parties on opening night!
From heritage buildings to laidback social houses, take a look at these Toronto King West venues that will turn your after-parties, private screenings, industry lectures and discussions, press conferences, and other TIFF events into a blockbuster hit.
Each venue can comfortably accommodate both intimate or large crowds and features everything you could need to elevate your Hollywood North party: delicious on-site catering, audio-visual equipment, and more.
They’re the perfect backdrop for A-list parties.
Most importantly, they are all located near TIFF Bell Lightbox, where the prestigious festival’s main stage is located. Don’t wait until the last minute—now is the time to start planning and reserving these stellar TIFF event venues before they book up!
Standing Capacity: 80
Embody Toronto’s identity as the most multicultural city in the world by injecting some Latin American cuisines into your TIFF party at Pablo’s Snack House.
It’s located just 1.5 kms from TIFF Bell Lightbox via Spadina Avenue and Adelaide Street W—you can’t miss the bright orange sign outside of Baro! Its wooden beams, rustic-meets-modern furniture with pops of bright colours, and cozy bar create an exotic yet homey ambience.
Pablo’s is the perfect spot to go after a film for some cocktails, Chori papa, or a mouthwatering charcuterie. Expect to feel like A-listers here!
Baro Standing Capacity: 150
Thinking about treating producers, directors, movie stars, and other VIPs to a fine dining experience before or after the festival? Then head straight over to Baro’s Main Dining Room. It’s just a stone’s throw away from TIFF Bell Lightbox.
Enjoy unique South American flavours for brunch, dinner, and late-night eats. It features an open kitchen so you can watch Executive Chef El Jefe and his amazing team display their culinary talent on full display.
With delicious dishes on the table, a diner setting in classy teal and wooden colours, and chic Latino vibes all around, your TIFF parties are bound to be a sold-out success.
Seated Capacity: 80
Standing Capacity: 200
Theatre Capacity: 120
With 1,850 sq. ft. of space embodying a minimalist warehouse aesthetic, it’s like clay you can mould and shape to fit whatever TIFF event you have in mind. It can also be set up as a 120-person private theatre if you feel so inclined!
With its Instagram-worthy natural lighting, exposed bricks, vintage wooden roof beams, and stunning industrial architecture built in 1844, The Loft is the perfect backdrop for Instagram-worthy content. It’ll be an event no one would want to miss.
Call The Hollywood Reporter—this is a venue worthy of a premiere party full of stars like Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, Nicolas Cage, Alex Wolff, and Kit Harrington!
The Loft’s Rooftop Patio is dripping in lush seasonal flowers, vines, and foliage as it offers incredible views of North and South Toronto. To complete the calming yet luxurious party ambience, it also features a rooftop barbeque pit. The best part? It’s open all year round!
Bar Capacity: 360
Standing Capacity: 150
Full Buyout: 300
Petty Cash is a laid-back social spot where familiar food like sliders, pizza, and fries are served with an artistic twist. But the art isn’t just in their food—it’s everywhere.
The walls are filled with murals created by local artists from the bordering communities of King and Queen West. You can rent out the whole bar area with a dedicated Heineken bar, pool tables, a DJ booth, five HD TVs, and a projector screen for films.
With a bar that fits 360 people, it’s the perfect place to do some industry networking in a fun and trendy atmosphere that’s like a vintage retro dream come true in Toronto.
Seated Capacity: 90
Standing Capacity: 160
If you really want to throw a memorable TIFF party, why not add some post-festival karaoke?
DASHA is the only venue in downtown Toronto that offers premium VIP karaoke. With a total of five private karaoke rooms, there’s plenty of space for everyone to have their turn on the mic. This setting is matched by curated snacks and an upscale, pan-Asian dining experience crafted by Chef Akira Back, a world-renowned Michelin star executive chef.
From the dazzling staircases to the unforgettable art painted onto the brick walls, this venue is better than you could image. Combine that with DASHA’s top-notch service to cap your TIFF week with a film-worthy experience.
Standing Capacity: 75
Judy’s is DASHA’s little sister—this intimate speakeasy in the heart of the city boasts a private cocktail reception lounge complete with ancient Chinese architecture and space for up to 75 standing guests—great for a private TIFF after-party.
If you’re someone who works in the film industry—or perhaps has a few directors in their circle—you might find yourself wanting to book this venue for a future feature film.
With an in-house sound system, comfortable couches, coffee and cruiser tables, creatively curated food, and intricately-designed cocktails, Judy’s spells laid-back elegance all the way. It’s the perfect place to end the TIFF festivities with a bang.
With the iconic film festival set to light up the city once again this year, these six venues will surely add that extra sparkle to your TIFF events.
What more do you need to hear? Connect with Honeycomb Hospitality to book your event!