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Located in Toronto's Entertainment District, Parlour ranks high with locals for its happy hour and oven-baked pizzas. Guests arrive early to enjoy dinner and stay late for the great music scene in a stylish vintage lounge.
Parlour is housed in the old Mason & Risch piano factory originally constructed in 1894. To preserve the rowhouse's rustic feel, the building's structure, foundation, bricks, and mortar were saved and used for its renovation. Many patrons agree that the exposed brick, candelabras, and couches and curtains made of red velvet give the bar a feeling of a bygone era.
Today, the lounge features 16 foot-high ceilings and an open, lofty seating area. In a nod toward the building's history, the designer graced the room with a chandelier made from a reconstructed Mason & Risch piano. In addition to the main space, Parlour also offers a courtyard, patio, and a VIP room with a private balcony.
The music and fantastic service are what sets Parlour apart from many of the other bars in Toronto's Club District. Each weekend, the bar hosts Mecca Saturdays, where they offer "premium house music for your soul."
Parlour takes pride in its food and drinks menu. Specialty drinks include innovative cocktails, quality wines, and craft-brewed beers. Many groups enjoy sharing their huge punch bowl cocktails. The ever-changing food menu offers East and West Coast dishes, featuring stone-baked pizzas, share plates, and a variety of appetizers. The cuisine is locally sourced and supports local Canadian farms. Enjoy a happy hour menu Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
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