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Last update: November 2023

The heritage building at 461 King Street West has seen many transformations throughout the years. Located in the heart of Toronto’s entertainment district, the present-day reincarnation is Second Floor Events. Exposed brick and city views offer an urban city feel while maintaining elegance in a modern setting. Outfitted with sophisticated touches, Second Floor Events is a chic industrial space perfect for any occasion.

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Special moments should be celebrated in a special place. The open concept space allows for bespoke layouts for your event. Embracing the architectural heritage while combining modern design, Second Floor Events is pleased to offer a unique event space, attentive planning and flexibility for all occasions. This wedding and events venue has a space which can accommodate 180 seated guests or 350 for a cocktail-style event.

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Second Floor Events is proud to offer exceptional food and beverage experiences at every event. The executive chef has artfully curated the menu to suit a wide range of palates. Second Floor Events is happy to customize menu items to suit any dietary needs.

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5.0 out of 5 rating
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99% Recommended by couples

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37 reviews
Keera J. Married on 30/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Our Dream Wedding

After seeing 10 venues, we happened upon Second Floor Events and instantly knew that this would be the place that would make our wedding the most magical event. From the start, the enthusiasm that Amanda showed was palpable and we knew that the Second Floor team would continue to go above and beyond. When we got into the planning, we worked with Niamh, and she made every detail, big and small, come to life. Every email was responded to promptly and with great enthusiasm, and the answer "no" did not exist. Niamh found a way to make every single request an absolutely stunning reality and we could not have imagined a more incredible group of people to make our dream wedding a reality.
Now for the important stuff - the food and the drinks. HOLY SHIT was it ever phenomenal! Starting with the passed canapes, we got the cauliflower croquette, mushroom puff pastry, chicken skewers, pork belly bao, tuna tataki, and salmon tartare and they were so so so good! They were all so tasty, fresh, the texture was spot on, the size of all of them were perfect, the bao being quite substantially large, and the rest being perfect 2 biters. Into the seated meals, we had the burratini salad, which was spectacular seeing as who doesn't love a big piece of burrata topping their salad, and the faro and heirloom carrots made for a delicious fall salad. The entrées were the potato gnocchi, beef short rib, and miso cod, and they were all spectacular. The guests at our wedding were RAVING about how tasty everything was, how great the presentation was, and the professionalism of all the staff serving the food in perfect unison. The deserts (wall of donuts) were so tasty too and the presentation was great, and the late night snacks did not disappoint with burgers and french fries (who doesn't love burgers and french fries).
As for the drinks, the bar was spot on, guests being served quickly and efficiently, and they most definitely poured the drinks with a heavy hand - they did not skimp/water down the beverages at all. We had 2 signature cocktails, and the bar menu was out as well and it looked so impressive with guests drinking martinis, manhattans, margaritas, and everything in between. There was never a line, and even after the reception when the guests filed out for the cocktail hour, they did not have to wait which was very important to us. Overall, the bar was fucking lit, and facilitated so much dancing and great times.
If you're still reading this, and still deciding which venue to go with, just know that Second Floor will provide you with the wedding of your dreams, bar none best night of your life! This venue was so special and amazing and we could not have asked for anything more.
Madelane T. Married on 21/10/2023
4.8 out of 5 rating

Would recommend 100%

We recently had our wedding at Second Floor Events and we were totally blown away by how wonderful everything turned out. Many of our guests came up to us raving about how much they loved the food and drinks. The venue itself is just beautiful and can adapt to any vibe you want. Working with Niamh during the planning process was a breeze! She's super organized, pays attention to every detail, and was so patient in helping us make our décor and set up ideas come to life. They were so flexible with bringing in our special treats from our countries and are even able to make great wedding cakes and favours in-house. The tasting was a blast, everything we tried was delicious. The staff there were amazing, making sure everything ran smoothly, and the bartenders were not only super friendly but also masters at mixing up some fantastic cocktails. We can't recommend this place enough! :)
Samantha S. Married on 17/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

BEST WEDDING EVER.. if i do say so myself

Perfect does not even begin to describe our experience with Second Floor Events for our wedding! The entire process was made so easy and incredible by their talented team especially our coordinator Niamh. From the very beginning, they were so flexible in working with my schedule to arrange a site visit, from there they were able to develop a proposal that really capture the customizations that were so important to us. The top notch quality service did not disappear after booking, if anything we were given even better support and were always provided with quick and detailed responses to every single question. I did not hire a wedding planner so I really worked closely with Niamh and Second Floor Events right up until our wedding day to finalize every detail and they were incredibly accommodating. The space itself is like nothing I have ever seen and provides so much opportunity for personalization. It was really important to us to provide our guests with an easy comfortable experience that day so being able to have both the ceremony and reception in one location was amazing and allowed for more time for us and our guests to just enjoy! A week later I am still getting compliments on the food!!! This is not your typical wedding food - it is upscale and visually amazing! The portions are perfect and satisfying and the chef and team have an incredible attention to detail regarding dietary restrictions and allergies. I cannot recommend this venue enough and you will have absolutely no regrets booking with them!
Melissa P. Married on 03/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The Most Beautiful Day!

If you can do your wedding one favour, make sure it's to have it at Second Floor Events! From the moment my fiancé and I walked into the space we knew it was exactly what we were looking for. From the large sunlit windows, the exposed brick, industrial beams and that beautiful bar, it was perfect! Even though it's on King Street, which can be quite busy, it felt so private and intimate because the entrance is just slightly down the laneway (with the prettiest greenery for photo backdrops). Our coordinator Niamh was amazing and we could not be more grateful to her. She met every call, meeting, and email with such grace and enthusiasm. She took care of every single detail and was incredibly generous with her time. The food was AMAZING, the drinks were AMAZING, and our guests had a blast! We had the lightboxes customized to have photos from our engagement shoot and we got so many compliments from our guests that it really elevated the space. It's an additional charge to do this but so worth it! My husband and I are so thankful to the entire team at Second Floor Events, especially Niamh, and we will remember this beautiful day for the rest of our lives.
Lindsay W. Married on 01/10/2022
4.8 out of 5 rating

Amazing venue.

Cindy Li was a pleasure to work with! She knows how to coordinate a wedding! Thank you so much! This venue is beautiful and unique. The whole experience was perfect, from the tasting to the day, couldn’t have imagined a better wedding day thanks to this team. The service and food was unbelievably excellent.
Tomas Married on 25/06/2022
5 out of 5 rating

The Perfect Wedding Venue!

This was the perfect venue for our wedding! The space is beautiful and creates a very intimate feel. We received so many compliments from our guests following our wedding- from the food, service and unique space, everyone was blown away! We worked with Cindy in the months leading up to the wedding and she put us at ease with her timely and detailed responses. Thank you Second Floor for making our wedding day absolutely perfect.
-Tomas and Kristyn
Krisztian K. Married on 30/04/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Great vibe and delicious custom vegan menu!

Second Floor Events is a great place to have your wedding. We fell in love with the place on our initial walkthrough with Rachael, the events director. The space has a beautiful modern rustic vibe with exposed brick and lots of natural light and greenery behind the impressively long bar. Good food was a priority for us and they were able to set up a tasting before we even signed anything. The chef was even able to create a custom vegan menu for us, since we are both vegetarian with many vegan friends. During the tasting, Rachael was so kind and accommodating, and really made it a special evening for us, particularly since at the time we haven’t had many meals out in a while due to COVID. We were even able to meet and talk with the chef about the food in person. With the wedding approaching we were introduced to Cindy, who was our main point of contact and day of coordinator for the venue. She was so enthusiastic and great to work with leading up to and on the day of the wedding, and helped make sure our day went exactly as planned!
Meaghan Married on 09/04/2022
5 out of 5 rating

A wonderful night!!

We could not be happier with our choice to get married at Second Floor Events.

First of all, the venue itself is stunning. With gorgeous brick, a beautiful bar running down the length of the venue and greenery in the shelving behind it, along with huge windows for natural light, there is very little need for additional decoration - the venue provides an atmosphere of it's own. We LOVED the light boxes, and had a lot of fun selecting photos. Our guests really enjoyed this.

Ideally located on King Street, there were many hotels within walking distance, and the venue provided a list of hotels they partner with. Our guests found the space no problem. There is no venue-specific parking, but being downtown this is to be expected. There are many paid lots in the area. There are of course lots of interesting alleys and other downtown spaces for unique and interesting photos. They also provided security at the door to ensure that no weekend revelers found their way into our event, and only our invited guests were in the space.

The room dividers made for such an ingenious use of space, we loved the way the space transformed and created a really unique experience for our guests.

We were provided with a bridal suite and a key to keep our belongings during the night (which worked well for my breastfeeding bridesmaids to have privacy).

Cindy was our coordinator and was so incredibly helpful. She answered all of our (many) questions, and provided suggestions for anything that they weren't able to accommodate. She was friendly, enthusiastic, and clearly passionate about ensuring we had the event we were dreaming of. She worked with our vendors to arrange the day and helped to make sure all went smooth.

One of the reasons we chose Second Floor was because it was essentially a one-stop shop. Basically everything to do with the venue was managed through Cindy – the drinks, the food, the linens, the tables, the chairs, the decorations (which we were also able to choose and bring in our own if we did not want the offerings they provided), ceremony space, etc. It was important to me that we have one per-head price, and then just decide on what the details were instead of arranging all elements ourselves and we were really happy with how everything was managed.

We were not able to hold our rehearsal in the space due to an event being held the night before, but we were offered the space in other time slots - we just preferred to have it the evening before and so made other arrangements, this was not a big deal at all for us!

Food – the tasting that was arranged was basically a fun date night for us, and that alone was a lovely time. The chef took the time to come speak to us about each dish, all of which were fantastic. We chose the braised short ribs, the lemon-herbed chicken supreme and the beluga lentil ragout as our meals and let me tell you I was SO excited to offer our vegetarian and vegan friends a meal that was RAVED about afterwards. We had a handful of guests with dietary needs and the venue handled these no problem, taking the initiative to ask us about who had what needs, and offering a menu with appetizers and late night choices that could accommodate many different dietary needs, all of our guests ate well and were happy – I cannot say enough about how great the food was!

COVID wise, we were married during one of the COVID surges, and were very conscious of providing our guests with a safe experience. The venue was more than happy to work with our requests and additional safety measures that we desired to make ourselves and our guests feel as safe as possible.

In relation to this, we had about a fifth of our guest list fall ill and were unable to attend in the 72 hours before our event. A large portion of this group unfortunately discovered they were ill on the day of. The venue handled these last minute changes incredibly, quickly working with my husband to adjust the seating plan so that there were not holes and empty spaces, but a lovely dispersion of friends and family throughout the space – without significantly changing our layout. They also allowed my husband to overhaul the seating chart in the first place, so we could really customize and personalize our layout within their parameters.

The night itself was smooth – service was great, our guests ate in a timely fashion, everyone was well taken care of. The bar staff were friendly and quick, and at the end of the evening the venue kindly collected all of our candles that we brought in and held them for us, so we could pick them up on the Monday (these were provided by our florist and we had completely forgotten we had purchased them and would need to collect and take them home, so it was really nice that they helped us out with that!)

Thank you to all at Second Floor for the effort you made in ensuring we had a great wedding, and our guests had a great time. It was amazing!
Breanne B. Married on 19/12/2021
5 out of 5 rating

The perfect event space

Perfect event space for intimate events and gatherings. Service was great and they were very responsive would recommend to everyone. Party guests love the natural lighting and exposed brick.Pictures online don’t do it justice must go see in person.
Mazin E. Married on 06/11/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Second Floor was the BEST!

Second Floor was the perfect spot for our wedding. The team is excellent - everyone is so kind, thoughtful and helpful. Rachael and Cindy were there with us every step of the way and helped us make the most out of doing a wedding during a pandemic. The night-of staff were also personable and anticipated our every need. Our guests loved the warmth of the venue and loved the food. If you are looking to have your wedding in downtown Toronto, look no further. You'll have a magical experience at Second Floor.
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