King West’s rooftop bar Lavelle is open and ready to keep you cool during this summer’s heat wave. The 16th floor pool, bar, and restaurant space located at 627 King St., just west of Bathurst, has a stunning view of our city’s skyline that alone is worth the visit. Torontonicity was invited to check out their summer opening party co-hosted by Moet & Chandon, and were treated to some sweet sights and eats.
If you haven’t been to Lavelle before, it’s important to note that there are two pool options with separate fees. Taking a dip in the larger pool costs $40 per person, while the shallow wading pool is only $10 per person. If you’re looking for a fantastic photo op, I would recommend the smaller pool as it sits on the east side of the space and allows for a selfie with the CN Tower in the background!
The maison Moet and Lavelle partnership is quite perfect, as the luxury French winery produces a crisp sparkling wine that pairs fantastically with the chic rooftop space. We tried the Coastal Oysters and were delighted by the contrast between PEI’s brine-heavy oysters and the cleansing sweetness of Moet’s champagne. The oysters change regularly, so make sure to ask what options are available for that day!
If you prefer a smaller shareable option, take a look at their perfectly-charred BBQ skewers. Easy finger food, that isn’t messy, and still allows for a delicious bite before sliding back into the cool water. My personal favourite was the sweet grilled corn served with crispy shallots, drizzled with a creamy huancaina (spicy cheese based sauce found in Peruvian cuisine) sauce; A little messy, but totally worth it.
Guests were treated to a refreshing glass of Moet & Chandon with raspberries. The raspberries’ tartness brought out the crisp flavours in the sparkling wine, which worked to intensify the sweeter notes. Definitely recommend this for any backyard or summer party you might be hosting, as it’s quite delicious.
Sweet cravings were satisfied thanks to desserts by Candys by Sisters. Lavelle vanilla cookies, various gummy candies, as well as red velvet cake pops were available throughout the evening. The red velvet cake pops were a crowd favourite as they disappeared as quickly as they were brought out! Moist and delicious, they’re well worth keeping an eye out for creator Laura Ade’s other confectionery creations.
Another reason to check out Lavelle is the talent behind the bar! They boast such bartending names as Chris Anderson, who made it to the final four during 2017’s Patron Perfectionist competition. His bee pollen and royalty-inspired Queen of Atotonilco tequila cocktail made an appearance at Lavelle, so make sure to ask your bartender if they have any recommendations or specialty cocktails they’re working on to snag yourself a preview of something delicious!
If you’ve packed your favourite confidence-boosting swimsuit, most glamorous sunnies, but forgot a couple of items before your dip in the pool, don’t worry! The host has an array of items to purchase as well, like emergency sunscreen, SPF lip balm, or fun floaties. My favourite item was the Odd Future-esque baseball caps featuring “6” logos decorated like donuts.
So if all of that hasn’t convinced you to visit Lavelle, trust me when I say that the view looking east along King Street alone is worth it! The 16th floor rooftop bar has a gorgeous 360° degree view of Toronto, giving you an opportunity to play some fun i-spy with friends while you sip some carefully-crafted cocktails. It’s the perfect space to hang out, take in the sun, and show off your favourite summer outfit! Enjoy!
Lavelle, 627 King Street West, 647-347-9353