WHERE TO EAT, DRINK AND PARTY

Rub shoul­ders with Hol­ly­wood roy­alty At thEsE surE­firE fes­ti­val hot spots

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WHERE BIG NAMES EAT SMALL PLATES

Pa­tria The lav­ish Span­ish-style tapas bar is one of the fest’s choic­est post-movie gath­er­ing places. Jake Gyl­len­haal and Naomi Watts swung by af­ter the fes­ti­val-open­ing screen­ing of De­mo­li­tion two fests ago. Watts re­turned a few days later with her About Ray co-star Su­san Saran­don and su­per-pro­ducer Har­vey We­in­stein. He­len Mir­ren and Elis­a­beth Moss also made cameos. 478 King St. W., pa­tri­a­toronto.com

WHERE TO PARTY LIKE YOUR PAR­ENTS ARE AWAY

The Ad­dis­ons Res­i­dence King West meets high school party house at the Ad­dis­ons: punch is served in Solo cups and kitschy fam­ily pho­tos hang on the wall, but the sprawl­ing pa­tio and games room (foos­ball, table­top shuf­fle­board) are be­yond a 16-yearold’s most deca­dent fan­tasies. In 2015, Tom Hid­dle­ston and El­iz­a­beth Olsen—stars of the Hank Wil­liams biopic

I Saw the Light—feasted on an or­nate cowboy-hat-topped cake. 456 Welling­ton St. W., thead­dis­on­sto.com

WHERE TO MAKE A REZZIE FOR TIFF 2018

Buca Chef Rob Gen­tile’s flag­ship Ital­ian restau­rant re­li­ably at­tracts bold­face celebs: San­dra Bul­lock, Me­gan Fox and Bill Mur­ray have all eaten here.

The fes­ti­val crush can make it nigh im­pos­si­ble to get a reser­va­tion in the cav­ernous King Street space, so try head­ing down the street to Buca’s more re­laxed sis­ter-restau­rant-slash­café, Bar Buca (75 Port­land

St.), for Cam­pari cock­tails and porchetta sand­wiches. 604 King St. W., buca.ca

WHERE MOVIES ARE AL­WAYS ON THE MIND

By­b­los Movie­go­ers fill Charles Khabouth’s Mid­dle East­ern spot year-round, snack­ing on pa­prika-dusted mar­cona al­monds and sip­ping cock­tails be­fore mi­grat­ing a block to the TIFF Bell Light­box. Dur­ing the fest, star power dis­places the plebes: the space is all but booked solid with cast din­ners, elab­o­rate af­fairs fu­elled by the restau­rant’s vodka-and­pomegranate cock­tails. Salma Hayek, Adrien Brody, John Tra­volta, Ethan Hawke and Ju­lianne Moore have all par­tied it up here be­fore or af­ter hit­ting the theatre. 11 Dun­can St., by­blostoronto.com This spa­cious (and, yes, os­ten­ta­tious) lake­side club of­fers a de­cid­edly grown-up spin on the pool party, with a ca­sual-chic dress code and the chance to spot any num­ber of celebs: Drake, Will Smith and Justin Bieber have all been known to drop in for a dip. The food is by Oliver & Bonacini, one of Canada’s top fine-din­ing com­pa­nies, but, frankly, any­thing tastes great in the VIP ca­bana of the right lead­ing man. 11 Pol­son St., ca­banapool­bar.com

WHERE THE STARS GET WET

Ca­bana Pool Bar

WHERE YOU’RE MOST LIKELY TO SPOT AN UN­DER­COVER STAR

Ca­noe Chef John Horne is fa­mous for in­tro­duc­ing Hol­ly­wood A-lis­ters to the finest sea­sonal Cana­dian fare. Ja­son Pri­est­ley and Molly Ring­wald have swooned over the restau­rant’s maple candied salmon, and Robert De Niro fell for the roast chicken—even if he deigned to eat only the left breast and leg. Ea­gle-eyed servers have spot­ted

home­town girl Rachel McAdams on sev­eral oc­ca­sions, too, de­spite her habit of book­ing reser­va­tions un­der an as­sumed name to blend in with the

Bay Street ex­pense-ac­count crowd. 66 Welling­ton St. W., ca­noer­estau­rant.com

WHERE THE WINE LIST IS OUT OF THIS WORLD

Cibo The cen­ter­piece of this lofty, 8,000-square-foot Ital­ian resto is an epic, glassed-in wine cel­lar with thou­sands of bot­tles to pair with a lengthy, Tus­can-in­spired menu. The cast of The Mar­tian

(Matt Da­mon, Kate Mara,

Jeff Daniels, Don­ald Glover and oth­ers) once hung out in Cibo’s din­ing room, where they chomped on salmon crudo, chi­anti-braised short ribs and whole, oven-baked branzino pre­pared by chef Save­rio Macri. On an­other night, John Good­man and Bryan Cranston sam­pled a se­lec­tion of the restau­rant’s piz­zas af­ter the pre­miere of their screen­writer biopic, Trumbo. 522 King St. W., ci­bowinebar.com

WHERE THE STARS GET SHUCKED

The Chase Jake Gyl­len­haal, Jes­sica Chas­tain, De­nis Vil­leneuve and Jean-Marc Val­lée have all hung out at this flashy surf-and-turf des­ti­na­tion— part of the Chase Hos­pi­tal­ity Group, where, dur­ing TIFF events, menus are themed to the movies, and the gim­micks (like flame-throw­ers and oys­ter­shuck­ing les­sons) are, hon­estly, a lit­tle out of hand. Even if the VIPs are ab­sent, the view from the fifth-floor ter­race and the ex­cel­lent seafood on of­fer—king crab, al­ba­core tuna—are worth the visit. 10 Tem­per­ance St., thechase­toronto.com

WHERE HAYMITCH MIXES THE DRINKS

The Drake Ho­tel The city’s hippest bou­tique ho­tel is way off the beaten path for TIFF-go­ers, which makes it all the more im­pres­sive that it con­sis­tently draws an ar­ray of A-lis­ters. Ger­ard But­ler and Chris Evans have stayed in the ho­tel’s kitschy-cute rooms, while other celebri­ties merely pa­rade through: Keanu Reeves, Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch, Rose Byrne and, fit­tingly, Drake. Stop by to see if it will be Jared Leto’s favourite hang­out again, or if Woody Har­rel­son will re­turn to mix cock­tails be­hind the bar. 1150 Queen St. W., the­drake­ho­tel.ca

WHERE EV­ERY­ONE WANTS TO BE ITAL­IAN

Figo Two months be­fore Charles Khabouth and Hanif Harji’s Ital­ian joint opened in 2015, chef Anna Chen treated Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton, Mark Ruf­falo and the rest of the

Spot­light cast to an ex­clu­sive, one-off dinner—the restau­rant’s first meal. Early book­ings started months ago, so ex­pect more celeb sight­ings this year: the stark, classy-ca­sual room couldn’t be closer to the Light­box, and the menu—wood-fired piz­zas, house­made pasta, cus­tom cock­tails—is su­perb. 295 Ade­laide St. W., fig­o­toronto.com

WHERE THE DESSERTS STAY PUFT

Mon­tecito This sprawl­ing Cal­i­for­nia-in­spired eatery is a restau­rant af­ter an ac­tor’s heart: it’s co-owned by di­rec­tor Ivan Reit­man, Ghost­busters and Meat­balls pho­tos line the walls and there’s a se­cret pas­sage­way out of the din­ing room for stars who want to es­cape undis­turbed. No won­der, then, that the spot has hosted so many megawatt soirées: ac­tors Don­ald Glover, Brie Lar­son, Ju­lianne Moore, Ellen Page,

Ruby Rose and Michael Shan­non have all dined there. San­dra Bul­lock or­dered a cou­ple of help­ings of chef Jonathan Wax­man’s epony­mous crispy pota­toes at one mem­o­rable af­ter-party. And Ge­orge Clooney lounged

around, drank and chat­ted for four straight hours—be­cause why not? 299 Ade­laide St. W., mon­tecitorestau­rant.ca

WHERE TO OR­DER AF­TER­NOON TEA WITH QUEEN “B”

Shangri-La Lobby Lounge Ev­ery Septem­ber, the Shangri-La Ho­tel’s crisp, cor­doned lobby bar be­comes a glam­orous busi­ness hub—and a prime place to ran­domly run into top-tier celebs. The ban­quettes and ta­bles around the fire­place are prime seats, cov­eted by stu­dio ex­ecs and fre­quented by film­mak­ers and their on­screen friends: Johnny Depp and Am­ber Heard had dinner here be­fore they split, and Dakota John­son and Jake Gyl­len­haal met up with Ge­orge Clooney for drinks from the ho­tel’s fa­mous cham­pagne wall and ’30s-in­spired cock­tail menu (which in­cludes the Queen “B,” made with honey from an api­ary on the third floor). The ho­tel serves af­ter­noon tea from 2 to 5 p.m. (they’ve made a spe­cial vegan ver­sion for Jes­sica Chas­tain), but the hob­nob­bing and deal mak­ing con­tinue un­til last call. 188 Univer­sity Ave., shangri-la.com/toronto

WHERE TORONTO MEETS TEXAS

Wes­lodge Long-clos­eted-coun­try-singer Kiefer Suther­land picked the per­fect spot for an après-cinema red car­pet ap­pear­ance here with dad Don­ald. Wes­lodge, a “mod­ern saloon,” is about as cowboy as it gets on King West: the vested bar­tenders wear leather gun hol­sters, and hunt­ing tro­phies hang on the walls. The food has a rus­tic twist, too: there’s smoked beef tartare and fried chicken with a Tabasco honey glaze. 480 King St. W., wes­lodge.com

WHERE YOU CAN LEAVE YOUR HAT ON

Wind­sor Arms The his­toric bou­tique ho­tel brings a bit of colo­nial el­e­gance to star-stud­ded Yorkville. Idris Elba and El­iz­a­beth Olsen have stopped by the an­nual InStyle party, and in-de­mand di­rec­tors showed their films in the in­ti­mate, 15-seat pri­vate screen­ing room. If you can’t af­ford one of the rooms, opt for a 45-minute salt-cave spa ses­sion, make a reser­va­tion for fancy-hat­ted af­ter­noon tea or si­dle up to the bar for a pint—the five-star ho­tel has a five-star craft beer list to match. 18 St. Thomas St., wind­so­rarmshotel.com

Buca

Ca­bana Pool Bar

The Chase

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