The College Street scene just got even better with the addition of an exciting new lounge situated just above Fran’s Restaurant, a Toronto institution that has always drawn hungry crowds for its legendary diner fare. Screen Lounge, the new project from the people behind Fran’s, provides a much-needed chillout space on College with a decidedly sophisticated attitude.
Screen Lounge goes in a completely different direction than the casual atmosphere downstairs, with a design and ambience perfect for young professionals. The two-level space features sleek dark brown booths, dark wood tables, and modern hanging lighting with red accents, which continue onto the patio with red and black furniture outside. At dusk, the patio is where vintage black and white films are screened- with popcorn to boot.
For drinks, Screen provides numerous draught beers, classic cocktails, and even signature drinks and home-made cocktail mixes. With a DJ on weekends, Screen is great for letting loose away from the traditional ‘club scene’. As far as food goes, Screen has a delicious-sounding menu that is a far cry from hash browns and scrambled eggs, offering innovative tapas dishes like beef short ribs, organic leek dumplings, pan-seared scallops, and a ‘Raw Bar’ with high-quality oversize sushi. If a casual afternoon get together is more your style, Screen also offers an inventive lunch menu featuring items like Kobe burgers and lobster melt sandwiches.
Screen is bringing the trendy nightlife scene of the downtown core up to College Street, and with Fran’s fantastic 24-hour breakfast downstairs to fulfill any post-party cravings, it seems like the perfect option for a night out in the Murano neighbourhood.