TIFF 2017 – The hottest restaurants and bars for celeb spotting

TIFF 2017 – The hottest restaurants and bars for celeb spotting

By Stephanie Dickison

[Feature photo: $1K cocktail, courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton]

TIFF is about to take over the city.

Whether you’re heading off to see 20 films in 10 days or trying to catch a glimpse of your favourite actor or director, these are your best bets:


Grabbing a spot at a hotel bar or restaurant is smart. Between the press junkets, events and stars staying in rooms above, you’re practically guaranteed to see some action.
Your best bets are:


Certain restos are also hotspots for celeb sightings:

  • The Anne Boleyn (117 Peter St.) – Outstanding new British pub from the owners of Parts & Labour and Dog & Bear  – with lush interior, elevated food and drinks – is just steps away from the action.
  • BlueBlood Steakhouse  (1 Austin Terrace) – Casa Loma’s new luxe steakhouse is sure to draw the crowd.
  • Momofuku (190 University Ave.) – Insider tip: The Variety Studio (the portrait/video studio for top celebs) presented by AT&T is happening here. And happening at Momofuku Noodle Bar from Sept 9 to 12: cast dinners, celebrity lunches and premiere parties.
  • Montecito (299 Adelaide St. W.) – Co-owner/director Ivan Reitman has been bringing his friends and colleagues to the 12,000 square-feet restaurant since its debut back in August ’14. No doubt the swish eatery will be full of bold-faced names (Hint: Margot Robbie might be there in the next few days).
  • Soho House Toronto (Bishop’s Building, 192 Adelaide St. W.) – This club will be bursting at the seams with A-listers, but sorry, only members are granted access.
  • Sotto Sotto Ristorante (120 Avenue Rd.) – Legendary celebrity hangout Sotto Sotto is already booked to the hilt, but maybe you’ll see your favourite star on the way in or out.
  • Spoke Club (600 King St. W.) – From the Villa Azure All White Affair Party on Thursday, Sept 7 to Sunday’s Festival Brunch (complete with champagne and bottle service), the fourth floor and rooftop patio will be bumpin’.
  • STK (153 Yorkville Ave.) – The amount of events taking place here is staggering. Pick a spot by the door and you’re bound to see someone eventually.
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