The Renaissance of Canada’s Hotel Bar Culture

Hotel bars are the epitome of luxury and escape in the bar industry, catering to any and all guests who are looking for iconic experiences, from the rooftop to the lobby. Learn how their popularity started to dwindle in Canada due to guests choosing smaller, independently owned places for their date night or escape. While many hotel brands overhauled their programming and collaborated with some of the newest and shiniest names in the bar world, others chose to go back to their roots to achieve success. In this seminar we dive into what this rebirth looks like and what other venues can learn from hotel hospitality.


  • Miranda Breedlove, National Director of Bars, Hyatt America
  • Rus Yessenov, Director of Beverage, Fairmont Royal York Toronto, Clockwork & Library Bar
  • Grant Sceney, Beverage Director, Fairmont Pacific Rim
  • Gord Hannah, Bar Director, Drake Hotel Properties
  • Date : 12 Apr 2023
  • Time : 10:00 am - 11:00 am (America/Toronto)
  • Venue : Bar & Beverage Stage