May 11, 2018
The Windsor Arms Hotel fuses historic atmosphere with contemporary style. It’s a winning combination and the same can be said of the bar, twenty two, an elegant lounge with stylish black seating, a dance-floor, and an inviting bar at which one can perch with a cocktail. Whether you’re gearing up for a night on the town or simply wanting a pre-dinner drink before sliding next door to the hotel’s equally smart steakhouse, Prime, this is a great place to begin your evening. The drinks are well made and they do a nice line in bar snacks including seared yellowfin tuna with mango wasabi and avocado frites with grain mustard and chipotle – making this a cut above the average hotel bar. From Wednesday through to Saturday evenings guests are entertained by live pianists tinkling away on the grand piano, followed by live bands later on. There’s even a separate, and well-ventilated, cigar lounge where connoisseurs can enjoy a cognac, port or scotch while puffing away on their Cuban. The hotel is right in the heart of the lively and fashionable Yorkville district but its tucked away location gives it an air of exclusive gentility, making it a perfect hideaway for film stars, media moguls and socialites, and a favourite with post-op cosmetic surgery patients who value the discreet staff and comfortable decor. Windsor Arms also boasts a truly luxurious tea room which offers a classy line in afternoon tea by day, and by night transforms into Toronto’s only Champagne and caviar bar.