Balzac’s cafés offer a unique and warm environment for special events that require something less traditional than a restaurant or a banquet hall. We are one of the more interesting places in the city to hold special events as each café is located in a unique and iconic neighbourhood. Each space has been carefully designed and updated using custom modern and original antique furnishings, as well as hand-picked artifacts from antique markets and auctions around the world.

Weddings

Corporate

Social

Filming

BOOK LAUNCHES

FUNDRAISERS

Café Details

Just as our café locations each differ in size and aesthetic, so do their event capabilities and amenities. Cafés are available for exclusive rental year round, 7 days a week, from 5pm to 2am.

  • DISTILLERY DISTRICT, TORONTO

    This gorgeous two-story cafe, located within the very popular historical Distillery District, has many features including a long counter for your custom bar downstairs, with a wide staircase leading up to an airy lounge/art gallery upstairs. The large patio overlooks the Distillery’s cobblestoned public square, perfect for summer nights. The Parisian-inspired design features an antique chandelier which can be easily dimmed to set the right mood. Balzac’s Distillery offers the perfect venue for those looking for a casual yet sophisticated vibe.

    Ideal for weddings, cocktail receptions and corporate events.

    • Capacity  100 – Standing Cocktail Reception; 40 – Seated Dinner
    • Furnishings Use of all café furnishings is included in the rental
    • Patio Access Patio available at the front of the café
    • Bar For alcohol service a Special Occasion Permit (SOP) is required. This can be purchased on the AGCO website for $25. Balzac’s does not charge a corkage fee
    • Catering Distillery District preferred caterers are subject to a 15% landmark fee. Outside caterers are subject to a 20% landmark fee.
    • Accessibility The main floor of the café and washrooms are accessible.

    Rates starting at $2,800.00

  • POWERHOUSE, TORONTO

    This eclectic venue celebrates the golden era of electrical technology and art-deco design, with classic features such as: high wood plank ceilings, exposed brick, industrial light fixtures, broken-joint ceramic tile floors, and Carrara marble with brass inlay. The addition of custom wallpaper, terracotta plants, Balzac’s signature vintage style posters and Parisian inspired furniture strikes the perfect balance between masculine and feminine, industrial and art-deco. All together, it creates a unique and memorable backdrop for any special occasion.

    Ideal for weddings, cocktail receptions, rehearsal dinners, corporate functions, workshops, fundraisers, filming and book launches

    • Capacity 80 – Standing Cocktail Reception; 50 – Seated Dinner
    • Furnishings Use of all café furnishings is included in the rental
    • Patio Access Patio available at the side of the café
    • Bar For alcohol service a Special Occasion Permit (SOP) is required. This can be purchased on the AGCO website for $25. Balzac’s does not charge a corkage fee
    • Catering Outside caterers are permitted
    • Accessibility The café and washrooms are fully accessible

    Rates starting at $1,500.00

  • RYERSON IMAGE ARTS, TORONTO

    Nestled in the heart of the Ryerson campus, in the newly renovated Image Arts Building, this café features contemporary décor. Details such as brass, marble and custom tiles give a nod to old Paris. The glass walls and natural light of this venue offer a bright and airy space for your special occasion.

    Ideal for corporate functions, cocktail receptions, weddings, rehearsal dinners and film shoots.

    • Capacity 100 – Standing Cocktail Reception; 40 – Seated Dinner
    • Furnishings Use of all café furnishings is included in the rental
    • Patio Access Patio available at the side of the café
    • Bar For alcohol service a Special Occasion Permit (SOP) is required. This can be purchased on the AGCO website for $25. Balzac’s does not charge a corkage fee
    • Catering Outside caterers are permitted
    • Accessibility The café and washrooms are fully accessible

    Rates starting at $1,800.00

  • LIBERTY VILLAGE, TORONTO

    In our smooth interpretation of a 1950s café, we have created an airy space with sleek touches, such as an authentic zinc bar from Paris and custom-made Art Deco floor tiles. Our café is located in the old Irwin Toy Factory, now part of a mixed development known as the Toy Factory Lofts. A perfect venue for intimate events.

    Ideal for cocktail receptions, corporate functions and book launches.

    • Capacity  50 – Standing Cocktail Reception
    • Furnishings Use of all café furnishings is included in the rental
    • Patio Access Patio available at the front of the café
    • Bar For alcohol service a Special Occasion Permit (SOP) is required. This can be purchased on the AGCO website for $25. Balzac’s does not charge a corkage fee
    • Catering Outside caterers are permitted
    • Accessibility The café and washrooms are fully accessible

    Rates starting at $1,200.00 

  • MARKET STREET, TORONTO

    Located in the iconic St Lawrence Market neighbourhood, in a beautifully restored heritage building, this café has a classic, cozy layout with a large patio facing the market for some great people watching.

    Ideal for filming, cocktail receptions, corporate functions, book launches and fundraisers.

    • Capacity 60 – Standing Cocktail Reception; 20 – Seated Dinner
    • Furnishings Use of all café furnishings is included in the rental
    • Patio Access Patio available at the front of the café
    • Bar For alcohol service a Special Occasion Permit (SOP) is required. This can be purchased on the AGCO website for $25. Balzac’s does not charge a corkage fee
    • Catering Outside Caterers are permitted
    • Accessibility The café and washrooms are fully accessible

    Rates starting at $1,600.00 

    The Market Street café is undergoing renovations this spring to expand in to two distinct rooms. The extension will feature the wainscotting, wallpaper, contemporary light fixtures, and light, breezy airiness of the new design, while the original room will maintain the iconic Balzac’s floors and banquettes.

    This expansion will allow for an increased capacity for events and will soon be a gorgeous venue for events such as weddings and cocktail receptions.  

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