There’s a certain level of mystery that surrounds the Addison Residence in downtown Toronto. Supposedly, it is the home of the Addisons, a very well-to-do family that spends most of their time in the Hamptons. They do, however, throw the best parties and feel their home should still be full of life despite their absence. Thus, they turned their home into a casual-yet-upscale lounge for the after-work and weekend crowds.
Whether or not the story of the Addisons is true, the Addison Residence has certainly become the place to be for end of week events. This destination draws crowds as early as 5 pm being lured by the siren’s call of $4 drinks, delicious and reasonably priced gourmet finger foods, and a no cover guest list for exclusivity.
During daylight hours, guests are welcome to enjoy the outdoor patio. The spacious area features a full bar with signature drinks, plenty of places to lounge and relax in and out of the sun, and unique games you may not have enjoyed since childhood – but in adult sizes like a giant Connect 4, giant Jenga, and even a see-saw. More commercially popular tabletop games are available as well, including Guess Who and Sorry. The DJ plays a fun mix of Top 40, R&B, and hip-hop that the general Addison crowd seems to love.
The atmosphere at the Addison Residence is that of relaxation and fun. The space is not a nightclub or a restaurant, the music will not interfere with conversation, and the food items off the menu are meant to be shared with a crowd. This is where young professionals working in the downtown core go to relax after work with a glass wine. This is where these same young professionals go to kick off their evening festivities. The lounge aspect lends itself to parties lingering for quite a few hours and thus, bottle service is encouraged.
The place certainly has the feel of an exclusive members-only club but membership is certainly not required. Book your party on the guest list to enter sans cover before 10 pm online and waltz right in.
My review partner, Vance and I arrived early on a Friday evening and perused the backyard patio, enjoyed a quick game of (regular sized) Jenga and a selection from their finger foods menu paired with a couple of drinks. We chose the Mac sliders – an appetizer take on the McDonald’s Big Mac, brisket sliders with caramelized onions, and Mexican fries with manchego cheese and a chipotle aioli.
We also enjoyed frozen fruit skewers which may sound simple but were absolutely perfect for the intensely hot day; the prices for these ranges from $8 to $12. Each of these selections was quite good and all together filling for two people. The brisket sliders were definitely a hit. The fries were tasty for sure, but I found them to be overly fried and too hard. A drink special being served was the Addison house white wine paired with a popsicle dunked in the wine. It was so simple yet so delicious – my new summer go-to.
In the evenings, the indoor spaces complete with a few arcade games like foosball and the Mortal Kombat video game are open for patrons to continue their festivities into the night. The amenities of the games and fun drink specials, such as the popsicle in wine, make The Addison Residence a great getaway to feel like a kid again and yet continue to party like an adult.
Best enjoyed with friends, it’s a great place to spend an evening.
Review and Photos by Samantha Wu
Lead Photo Courtesy of Addison Residence