Toshi’s Living Room
Venue: Bar and Lounge
Atmosphere: Trendy or Business Casual
Crowd/Scene: Afterwork, Late Night
Foursquare Check-in: http://4sq.com/1blYwaX
Rating: 3 Stars
Despite working down the street from this place for a little over a year and always wondering what the hell went on inside this place with the cool couches, it wasn’t until this past summer that I was able to frequent the ever-so popular Toshi’s Living Room.
Little known story, so little known that I’m not going to tell it accurately, is that the guy who opened Toshi’s Living Room is actually a Columbia University graduate named Toshi. He started out by throwing parties for students, graduating and still throwing parties for students, and eventually he turned into a very successful promoter–successful enough to open up his own spot in Flatiron.
Anyway, my first foray into Toshi’s was brought upon by a Columbia Business School happy hour. I’d say roughly 70-ish different former students came out to this event, and as usual, it was a great time. We spent the majority of the night on the second floor, where there was a “special” bar set up for our group. It was so special, that the prices were astoundingly high–especially for a brother that was fresh out of school!
Nonetheless, if you don’t mind the expensive drinks, Toshi’s Living Room is a very nice spot to spend a weeknight. The “living room” part of the venue’s name is highly appropriate, as my fellow alum and I were able to get very comfortable on plush couches with the live band playing the background. You can feel very much at home in this spot, and you don’t have to worry about your mom telling you to take your shoes off the table.
So, unlike me, if you’re in the neighborhood, walking by this place, and find yourself wondering what it’s like inside…wonder no more! Go in and check it out! I promise you, it’s worth the post-work visit.