Every Toronto resident is probably familiar with the iconic Sheraton Centre Hotel, located across the street from Nathan Phillips Square and the famous Toronto sign. What some may not know is that the hotel has recently undergone a massive renovation, the largest in its 50-year history, and with the upgrade comes a new food and drink concept.

First of all, the reno not only changed the lobby level to include a new cafe, and restaurant, but it also now includes private collaboration studios and soundproof booths for calls, and a few levels up, the outdoor pool area has also been renovated.

“Marking the largest renovation of the hotel’s almost 50-year history, the modernized look exemplifies Sheraton’s new design as part of its global transformation journey, drawing on the brand’s roots as a community hub for locals and guests to create an intuitive and holistic experience with spaces to connect, be productive, and help travellers feel part of the local community,” states the hotel in a release.

While one of the two new food concepts on the lobby level is Dual Citizen, a cafe that transitions into a lobby bar in the evening, the highlight of the new concepts is 43 Down.

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The Sheraton Centre calls this concept one that is inspired by eras past. The space “is a departure from the traditional hotel restaurant”, and the reason is it’s only open three nights a week, and is a mixology-focused bar. The menu is mostly drinks, and separated into several sections including “Under the Dome”, “Classics”, and “Oxidized.”

43 Down’s domes “encapsulates wooded flavours and aromas for your visual and olfactory enjoyment” and is part of the speciality menu. Drinks here range in price, from $18 to $28, and will all be insta-worthy. The Oxidized drinks are made with Dry Ice, and range from $15 to $25.

The food menu here isn’t a multiple page one, but it comes with this being more of a drinks spot. That said, food items are sharable, and include Pulled Beef Tongue Tacos, Roasted Bone Marrow, and a Seafood Tower. It’s a simple menu, but each dish goes well with the extensive drinks being offered.

Overall, 43 Down is centrally located downtown Toronto, quite intimate, and can be a spot for an informal business meeting or a gathering with friends to experience new drinks in the city.

43 Down – Sheraton Centre Toronto

When: Thursday from 5 pm to 12 am, Friday and Saturday from 5 pm to 1 am
Where: 123 Queen Street West