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bars/pubs/lounges/places for drinks where 40somethings aren't out of place, where conversation is possible without straining your voice, and the music isn't turned up to nightclub levels between 10:30 pm and midnight....

prima | Oct 29, 201106:29 AM

I'm out of the loop. Went to the Bohemian Gastropub last night (don't expect a typical European style Radler if you order "The Radler"- this one is about half fresh-squeezed lemon juice and very tart- way too tart for this Goldilocks), and the music levels were fine when we got there at 10:30 pm, but by the time we left at midnight, it was too friggin' loud. It felt too awkward to ask them to turn it down, when the volume is intentionally being turned up by staff to levels where conversation becomes very challenging, and the majority of the staff and clients seem to like it that way. I kept looking through the window to Le Palette, wondering if it was quieter across the street.

I know the Drake Lounge is ok around 10 pm, but if I remember right, it's usually very loud by midnight. Two Cats and Brassaii are nightclub-loud by 11 or so. The Thompson's lobby is too loud for me. Even the Irish Embassy, where I was dragged a few weeks ago, is ridiculously loud by 11 pm. Origin turns loungey by 11 pm, and was super loud by 11:30 pm. Pravda gets a young crowd later at night, and is nightclub loud.

The Esplanade Biermarkt was really loud last time I was there. Is the King W location also superloud between 10:30 and midnight? I haven't been for a while.

How loud is a place like the Wheat Sheaf? What about Harlem Underground?

Places I consider on the quiet side:
the Monk's Table
The Rebel House
The Consort Bar
The Library Bar
The Roof at the Park Hyatt.

Suggestions for any part of town would be fine, but I'd especially like recommendations for south of Bloor and west of Bathurst, and for places where the crowd is likely to be down-to-earth.

Rebel House
1068 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W2L4, CA

461 King St. W, Toronto, ON M5V 1K7, CA

158 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON M5R1A8, CA

The Drake Hotel
1150 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

Park Hyatt
Toronto, ON, Toronto, ON , CA

Wheat Sheaf Tavern
667 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V1M9, CA

Harlem Underground
745 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

La Palette
492 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

The Monk's Table
1276 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4T 1W5, CA

The Bohemian Gastropub
571 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2B6, CA

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