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Lounge area at Evangeline

Large fireplaces bookend Evangeline rooftop bar at Ace Hotel Toronto

The rooftop bar and lounge at the recently opened Ace Hotel Toronto, by local studio Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, continues the earthy tones and exposed concrete from the lobby.

Named Evangeline, the 80-seat bar overlooks Toronto from the 14th floor of the new building by Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, with interiors by Atelier Ace – the hospitality group's in-house design team.

Custom ceramic tiles framing the fireplace
Custom ceramic tiles by David Umemoto flank one of two fireplaces in the Evangeline lounge

"With energy swinging from sunset cooldowns to late night revelry, Evangeline celebrates creativity through a keen eye for curation — drinks, bites, sounds and sights," said a statement from Ace Hotel.

"Its name is an ode to the first feature film out of Canada and its atmosphere influenced by the creative spark of the silver screen."

Lounge arranged around large fireplace
The bar and lounge is located on the 14th floor of the Ace Hotel Toronto

Serving craft cocktails and small plates by chef Patrick Kriss, the bar comprises a cosy indoor space and an outdoor terrace, divided by a fully glazed wall.

The plant-filled patio faces south and west, enjoying views of Downtown Toronto and capitalising on sunset vistas.

Various seating designs and planting
The space features various seating areas, patterned rugs and plenty of plants

"A lush display of plants moves from indoors to outdoors, where the furnishings adopt a more casual, contemporary tone," said the Ace Hotel team.

The indoor space features tall ceilings and is bookended by large fireplaces – one of which is flanked by sculptural ceramic tiles by Montreal-based artist David Umemoto.

Continuing the earthy colour palette from the hotel's lobby, various seating options in the bar feature sage green and pale terracotta cushions, and the tables are mostly wood.

A row of thick, board-marked concrete columns along one side of the room creates smaller seating nooks in between and delineates the lounge from the bar service area.

Glass wall between lounge and patio
The interiors by Atelier Ace continue the earthy tones from the hotel's lobby

Vintage-style patterned rugs cover the tiled floor, while light fixtures were custom-designed for the space by Toronto studio MSDS.

Evangeline opened to the public on 21 October 2022, following the hotel's debut in July.

Outdoor patio overlooking Downtown Toronto
The outdoor patio faces south and west to overlook Downtown Toronto

The programming team plans to host a roster of events hosted by DJs, record labels and party producers, as well as a rotating series of artwork by Canadian talent.

This is the hotel group's 10th property, joining locations including Sydney, Brooklyn, Kyoto and New Orleans.

The photography is by William Jess Laird.