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TorontoPubs’ Yonge and Eglinton Pub Crawl

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Notes on this pub crawl: the walk (0.9 km) takes about 12 minutes in total. Keep in mind that the Rose and Crown turns into a dance club, so you might want to start there instead of ending there, Duke of York can get busy (but remember there is an upstairs), plus the Unicorn is full of pretty things, so you might have to skip that as you could have trouble getting a seat.

Notes on pub crawls in general: consider at least 45 minutes per pub visit and let your server know that you having just one drink and then moving on into the fizzy night so she/he knows that you’ll need your bill quickly. Pay by cash so you aren’t waiting for the credit card/debit machine and tip generously as you may be back one day for longer than just one drink. Check the pub’s website/Twitter in case they have an event that night. Also keep in mind the day and time, Saturday nights with the FIFA World Cup’s final on is not the best night for said pub crawl, but it is one of the best times to be in a pub.

The Rose and Crown (TorontoPubs review)
2335 Yonge Street

The Duke of Kent (TorontoPubs review)
2315 Yonge Street

Scruffy McMurphy’s Irish Pub (TorontoPubs review)
150 Eglinton Avenue East

The Unicorn (TorontoPubs review)
175 Eglinton Avenue East

The Granite Brewery (TorontoPubs review)
245 Eglinton Avenue East

Unfortunately, this pub crawl is not wheelchair accessible.

Indie Ale House

Indie Ale House Toronto

Indie Ale House (website)
2876 Dundas Street West, Toronto ON M6P 1Y9 (on the north side, the nearest major intersection is Keele Street and Dundas Street West) 416-760-9691
Google Maps 

Home of the happy hipster. 

I have a love-hate relationship with NOW Magazine’s annual Bar/Pub/Beer Guide. Some picks are great and sometimes they miss the mark completely. As a result, I am skeptical about their glowing endorsements and was prepared to be disappointed with the Indie Ale House, one of NOW’s top picks, and also given a good friend’s less-than-enthusiastic review of the place. However, I was pleasantly surprised with the Indie Ale House, although I was the eldest and least fashionable person in the establishment and thus felt rather out of place. This is the home of the happy hipster and there were more beards, plaid tops, colourful trousers, and iPads visible than at a National’s concert or at an IKEA sale.

The Indie Ale House looks a bit like a cafeteria with too many tables (which means you can hear your neighbours’s conversations) and it sounds a bit like one too. There was wood everywhere, except for the exposed brick wall and tin ceiling, and from where I was sitting I could see the beer vats. The Indie Ale House only takes reservations for large groups (and they go on and on about this on their website) and they also only present one bill for said group. They were getting their knickers in a twist (the page with this rant is now only available as a now unavailable cached version) about the name, the pub is called Indie Ale House with three words, but their Facebook, Twitter, and Instragram accounts all say the Indie Alehouse. If they can’t be consistent, then they shouldn’t grumble when others aren’t.

Number of visits by yours truly: my first on a weekday afternoon in July 2014, but not my last
TTC information: take the Dundas West (Junction) bus north from Dundas West Station (seven-minute journey)
Booze selection: 11 craft beers that night, which change often, the cider they had then was Spirit Tree (I write that as I expect they change it often). No Pimm’s
Food selection: limited menu, but large servings
Service staff: not bad, but it seems that we might have been lucky
Prices: good for portions
Toilets: decent
Patio: nope
Wheelchair accessible: appears to be
Televisions: two tiny screens, not on
Live music: nope
Piped-in music: Indie 88.1 (of course)

Rating: four and a half pints (out of five) 

TorontoPubs’ King Street West Pub Crawl

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Notes on this pub crawl: the walk (1.1 km) takes about a quarter of an hour in total or you can take the King Street streetcar and hop on and off. Keep in mind that that Fynn’s of Temple Bar is a little posh, WVRST and Bar Hop can get busy (hence the lack of TorontoPubs reviews — hopefully that will change one day) and the Banknote is small and kinda boring. There is also Quotes, but I haven’t included it as it’s not really suitable. TTC directions back to the subway are available on each pub’s individual review.

Notes on pub crawls in general: consider at least 45 minutes per pub visit and let your server know that you having just one drink and then moving on into the fizzy night so she/he knows that you’ll need your bill quickly. Pay by cash so you aren’t waiting for the credit card/debit machine and tip generously as you may be back one day for longer than just one drink. Check the pub’s website/Twitter in case they have an event that night. Also keep in mind the day and time, Saturday nights with the FIFA World Cup’s final on is not the best night for said pub crawl, but it is one of the best times to be in a pub.

PDF of this TorontoPubs’ King Street West Pub Crawl with map.

Bar Hop
391 King Street West

The Firkin On King (TorontoPubs review)
461 King Street West

Fynn’s of Temple Bar (TorontoPubs review)
489 King Street West

Bier Markt (King West) (TorontoPubs review)
600 King Street West

WVRST
609 King Street West

The Banknote (TorontoPubs review)
663 King Street West

The Wheat Sheaf (TorontoPubs review)
667 King Street West

The Foggy Dew Irish Pub (TorontoPubs review)
803 King Street West

Unfortunately, this pub crawl is not wheelchair accessible.

Bier Markt (King West)

Bier Markt King West

Bier Markt (King West) (website)
600 King Street West, Toronto ON M5V 1M3 (on the corner of King Street West and Portland Street, the nearest major intersection is King Street West and Bathurst Avenue) 416-862-1175
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A great patio on King Street West with great beers. 

We ended up at here because WVST was full due to June’s Cider Week and I needed some liquid refreshment — stat! So, fortunately, the Bier Markt just down the street fit the bill and an evening that seemed derailed was quickly set right. My partner in crime and I had been to the location several times before when it was the Amsterdam, but we hadn’t been to it since it became a Bier Markt. We sat on the patio, which I usually avoid, however, the weather was so nice, I risked a tan and agreed to a spot on the patio. We enjoyed a free beer sample and enjoyed the people and car watching.

The Bier Markt is very dark inside, in part because it is in a basement, like her sister pub on the Esplanade. Is this a branding attempt? Seating is varied downstairs with high top tables with backless stools and tables against a brick wall. All in all, a decent pub with lots of beer.

Number of visits by yours truly: my first on a weekday afternoon in June 2014
TTC information:
take the King streetcar west from King Station (seven- to ten-minute journey — according to a very optimistic TTC itinerary)  or take Bathurst Streetcar south from Bathurst to King, which will take about 12 minutes and then walk east
Booze selection:
well over 100 beers from around the world, with a focus on Belgian beers. As always with a selection this large, be prepared for a back-up order as they might be out of your first choice. For those who are cider drinkers, they have Somersby, Blacktorn, Magners, two types of Rekorderligs and the nectar that is Crabbie’s (alas, no Pimm’s)
Food selection:
fancy end with oysters, risotto and beer can chicken soup 
Service staff:
good
Prices:
 expensive for the most part. However, it is cheaper for some beers
Toilets:
nice, watch for the hidden ledge on the way to the toilet, I can see people stumbling over that in the darkness
Patio:
west and one of the best in downtown, great for people watching
Wheelchair accessible:
no
Televisions:
three
Live music:
 DJ on Wednesdays/something on Thursdays/live rock on Fridays/something on Saturdays (alas their website is useless at explaining what is happening on Thursdays and Saturdays) 
Piped-in music:
modern

Rating: four pints (out of five) 

TorontoPubs’ St. Lawrence Market Pub Crawl

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Notes on this pub crawl: the walk (0.6 km) takes about eight minutes in total. Keep in mind that the Jason George pub is the weakest link in this crawl, so you might just want to skip it and C’est What is just too hip for its own good. TTC directions back to the subway are available on each pub’s individual review.

Notes on pub crawls in general: consider at least 45 minutes per pub visit and let your server know that you having just one drink and then moving on into the fizzy night so she/he knows that you’ll need your bill quickly. Pay by cash so you aren’t waiting for the credit card/debit machine and tip generously as you may be back one day for longer than just one drink. Check the pub’s website/Twitter in case they have an event that night. Also keep in mind the day and time, Saturday nights with the FIFA World Cup’s final on is not the best night for said pub crawl, but it is one of the best times to be in a pub.

PDF of this TorontoPubs’ St. Lawrence Market Pub Crawl with map.

Scotland Yard (TorontoPubs review)
56 The Esplanade

Bier Markt (Esplanade) (TorontoPubs review)
58 The Esplanade

Fionn MacCool’s (TorontoPubs review)
70 The Esplanade

C’est What (TorontoPubs review)
67 Front Street East

The Flatiron and Firkin (TorontoPubs review)
49 Wellington Street East

The Jersey Giant (TorontoPubs review)
71 Front Street East

The Jason George (TorontoPubs review)
104 Front Street East

Unfortunately, this pub crawl is not wheelchair accessible.

TorontoPubs’ Midtown Yonge Street Pub Crawl

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Notes on this pub crawl: the walk (2.2 km) takes about half an hour in total or you can take the subway and hop on and off as all of these pubs are close to TTC stations. Keep in mind that the Rebel House is small and that the Monk’s Table is a little posh.

Notes on pub crawls in general: consider at least 45 minutes per pub visit and let your server know that you having just one drink and then moving on into the fizzy night so she/he knows that you’ll need your bill quickly. Pay by cash so you aren’t waiting for the credit card/debit machine and tip generously as you may be back one day for longer than just one drink. Check the pub’s website/Twitter in case they have an event that night. Also keep in mind the day and time, Saturday nights with the FIFA World Cup’s final on is not the best night for said pub crawl, but it is one of the best times to be in a pub.

PDF of this TorontoPubs’ Midtown Yonge Street Pub Crawl with map

The Rebel House (TorontoPubs review)
1068 Yonge Street

Wylie’s Pub (TorontoPubs review)
1234A Yonge Street

The Monk’s Table (TorontoPubs review)
1276 Yonge Street

Jester on Yonge (TorontoPubs review)
1427 Yonge Street

The Fox and Fiddle (TorontoPubs review)
1535 Yonge Street

The Bull and Firkin (TorontoPubs review)
1835 Yonge Street

Fionn MacCool’s (TorontoPubs review)
1867 Yonge Street

Unfortunately, this pub crawl is not wheelchair accessible.

The House on Parliament

House on Parliament Toronto

The House on Parliament (website)
454 Parliament Street, Toronto ON M5A 2H6 (on the east side, between Doctor O Lane and Woodward Evans Lane, the nearest major intersection is Gerrard Street East and Parliament Street) 416-961-9425
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A slice of London in Cabbagetown.

If you are looking for a classy pub in Toronto’s Cabbagetown, then look no further than the House on Parliament. It has a variety of comfy seats, tin ceiling squares under glass as your tabletop, two patios, big portions, and lots of London-themed images, including a huge map of old London (I’m guessing early 18th century) and what appears to be a Churchill corner (no objections from me). The pub is rather small and both times as we left the pub, there was a line-up for the table. I got the impression that the pub was popular with the locals as it seems that we were the only people who the servers did not know.

Unfortunately, the overwhelming memory of the House on Parliament pub is that it’s loud, however, it was busy both times we were there and we were in the lower part of the pub and as such we did not stay as long as we wanted. Perhaps a strategically placed rug or two might make things easier on the ears, but what do I know?

Number of visits by yours truly: my second, but not my last, on a weekend afternoon in May 2014
TTC information: a seven-minute ride eastbound from College Station on the Carlton streetcar or a six-minute ride southbound from Castle Frank Station on the Parliament bus
Booze selection: 20 beers, with lots of red and white wine, and Waupoos cider (yes, they have Pimm’s)
Food selection: big servings. The menu is online
Service staff: good, but it seems that a number of online reviews think that the servers could be more attentive
Prices: expensive, but large portions
Toilets: nice
Patio: on the street and upstairs at the back
Wheelchair accessible: nope as toilets are accessible only by stairs
Televisions: two with one over the bar
Live music: nope
Piped-in music: INXS/Modern English/XTC/”Jaan Pehechaan Ho” (that song from Gumnaam/Ghost World)

Rating: four and a half pints (out of five)  

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