The eleventh year of the twenty-first century was a great time for our Toronto hostel.
New Year’s Eve is often a wild time for all of the hostels in Toronto. Young backpackers (the operative word is young) seize the moment to cut loose.
To the best of our knowledge almost all of the Toronto hostels were full on New Years Eve. A lot of bookings come from young (19 and 20 year-old) Americans who make the trip to Canada where they can legally purchase liquor, go to bars and nightclubs; in other words, celebrate the new year.
These young backpackers often do not have the tolerance to handle the copius amounts of alcohol they can legally consume. This can cause more than a few problems in Toronto hostels.
At our Toronto hostel, the staff had a pretty easy time and enjoyed a virtually problem free New Year’s Eve! We planned a celebration at one of the largest “student pubs” in Toronto.Purchased enough tickets (at $10 each) and sold them to guests at face value,
The Madison Pub is located north of our hostel in Toronto in the Annex area adjacent to the University of Toronto. In a word the pub is quite elegant and enormous! Five floors, five patios and twelve bars.
Being a “student pub” most of their clientele are university-aged and that fits well with the hostels new years eve demographic.
But The Madison is a bit of a jaunt from our hostel (especially in the cold month of January in Toronto) and we want our young charges to be safe while having fun.
So we arranged a limousine service to transport ticket holders (in groups of four) to the Madison Pub in leather appointed limos for only $5 each! We did this so our backpackers arrive at their destination safely.
Apparently it was an evening of good, clean fun – damage to the third floor bar notwithstanding.
As for our backpackers inn, those who opted for a quieter celebration raised a few glasses at midnight, sang Auld Lang Syne, retired early, then rose early for their first pancake breakfast of 2011, courtesy of the hostel.
HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL!