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WINCHESTER STAGE & BAR Located in one of the most historical buildings in Cabbagetown, the room is legendary and grand, and the bar is a Heritage Toronto landmark. Our menu offers Canadian comfort foods, and we host some sort of event almost every day, including some amazing live music and theatre productions. In addition to being a great place to go for a night out, we can also cater to parties and the room can be rented for private parties/events (with sufficient notice). We have a capacity for 75 seated, and a maximum capacity of 140. We're open seven days a week. Come early to eat. Stay late to play!
THE WINCHESTER HOTEL & HALL Winchester Stage & Bar is part of what was originally 'The Lakeview Hotel'. The Lakeview was originally built in 1888 by architects Kennedy and Holland, and in 1941, architect Benjamin Swartz altered the hotel’s interior, changing the design to fit the tropes of the Art Moderne style. He also designed the iconic 2-storey sign that used to adorn the hotel's exterior, and who's letters can now be seen displayed proudly above the bar of the Winchester Stage & Bar.
THE LAURENTIAN ROOM What is now the Winchester Stage & Bar was originally, and for most of it's existence 'The Laurentian Room'. They used to have burlesque shows in the ’20s and ’30s, and some of the biggest entertainers of the time played there, and in 1935 it became licensed. Billie Holiday sang there, and Al Capone stayed at The Lakeview Hotel while running booze from the Gooderham and Worts Distillery at the foot of Parliament Street back to his hometown of Chicago during prohibition. Before it was boarded up it was the 'ladies and escorts' lounge of the Winchester Hotel (until 1972 it was illegal for a woman to drink alcohol in Ontario without a male companion!).
After being abandoned for decades The Laurentian Room was re-opened in August, 2004 after nine months of restoration. In 2009, the Winchester Hotel was almost burned down, but fire fighters responded quickly to the emergency averting disaster, and the fire was out in under an hour. The Winchester Stage & Bar officially opened it's doors in November 2011.