First Look: The Ace Hotel Toronto’s New Rooftop Bar Evangeline

When the extended-awaited Ace Hotel Toronto finally opened this summer months, it became an prompt cultural feeling (not to mention the include star of our September/Oct concern). Designed by Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, the setting up is an amazing harmony of brawny concrete and woodsy detailing, with its cantilevered lobby bar and sunken dining space each controlling to feel concurrently grand and personal. 

A view of the fireplace lounge area at the Ace Hotel Toronto rooftop bar Evangeline.

But the well-known downtown desired destination however has yet another trick up its sleeve — all the way up on the 14th floor, to be exact. On Friday, the Ace Hotel Toronto debuted its rooftop bar, Evangeline. Another area institution in the building, it provides the ending contact to a landmark architectural enterprise that can now be admired in its entirety.

Named following the first feature-length film to be built in Canada, Evangeline seems destined to enjoy an specially notable purpose on the TIFF social calendar. That explained, Torontonians will be delighted to hear it also plans to host open-to-all people DJ nights and dance functions all calendar year lengthy, complementing a menu of treats and compact dishes by Patrick Kriss (of Michelin star-winning Alo fame).

A cozy grouping of furniture at the Ace Hotel Toronto rooftop bar Evangeline.

As with the Ace Lodge Toronto’s other hospitality spaces, the 80-seat lounge feels as cosmopolitan as it does calming — component downtown penthouse and part rural cabin. Performing with Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, the Ace Lodge Group’s in-property Atelier Ace layout staff created a color palette that conjures a walk in the woods on a crisp fall working day, pairing muddy inexperienced hues with pick out hits of coppery purple.

A lounge chair by the fireplace at the Ace Hotel Toronto rooftop bar Evangeline.
Brutalist wall art by David Umemoto at the Ace Hotel Toronto rooftop bar Evangeline.
Shim-Sutcliffe boldly suspended a bar from steel rods in the triple-height lobby of the Ace Hotel Toronto.

The Ace Hotel Toronto is a Love Letter to the Town

Seven many years in the generating, the Ace Resort Toronto celebrates the city’s cultural scene — and its brickwork cloth. Shim-Sutcliffe’s initially important hospitality undertaking enables men and women to witness the firm’s striking notice to detail up shut.

Making on the hotel’s precast brick façade — itself a nod to a person of Toronto’s signature constructing materials, highlighted all through significantly of the city’s vernacular architecture — Evangeline’s two fireplaces sit down below rows of vertical crimson bricks that even further lead to the space’s rustic warmth.

Brutalist accents go on a different one of the Ace Resort Toronto’s key motifs. Rugged concrete columns enhance a pair of volumetric wall canvases by Montreal artist David Umemto, mounted listed here on possibly facet of the room’s northern hearth.

These heavier elements distinction the lounge’s light wood ceilings and wood-framed furnishings, manufactured all the far more inviting by their slightly vintage glance. A series of patterned rugs solidify the vibe of relaxed domesticity.

A different especially charming contact is the periscope-esque lighting that extends down from the ceiling. In preserving with the Ace Hotel’s pattern of partnering with neighborhood designer-makers, the rooftop bar’s custom made fixtures were being produced by Toronto studio MSDS.

A view of the outdoor patio at the Ace Hotel Toronto rooftop bar Evangeline.

The 50-seat indoor lounge is joined by a 30-seat outdoor patio that seems in excess of a row of grassy planters and out to Toronto’s at any time-evolving skyline.

Evangeline’s interior usually takes on an primarily passionate ambiance appear sunset, when its caramel tones seriously arrive to lifestyle. And for people who present up a bit later on in the night, the vivid lights of the towers out the window introduce a different type of cinematic glow. For people and locals alike, the cozy-fulfills-cosmoplitan room is a testament to Toronto’s special blend of the worldly, woodsy and whimsical.