Fynn’s of Temple Bar (website, Twitter)
489 King Street West, Toronto ON M5V 1K4 (on the south side, between Spadina Avenue and Portland Street, the nearest major intersection is Spadina Avenue and King Street West) 416-586-1331
The place to unwind after a hard day at work.
Before this pub became Fynn’s of Temple Bar, it was a Fionn MacCool’s and the place where we celebrated my husband passing his oral defence for his Ph.D. We were going to go to (the now closed) Thuet (I do patronise other places apart from pubs, sometimes), but they had had a fire in their kitchen that night and closed as a result. So, plan B: pub. Anyway, I have been to Fynn’s a number of times since it changed hands and do recommend it. I tried to go to Fynn’s on St. Patrick’s Day this year, but they were charging a $10 cover (it was three in the afternoon!) and I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to find a table for my group of four, so I went to The Firkin On King instead.
Fynn’s is one of the classier pubs in Toronto. The menus are bound in real leather and stained glass abounds. The pub is painted that nice burnt orange and dark wood is everywhere. The bar has high chairs instead of backless stools, which is a nice touch. There are two snugs, both probably seat eight to ten people; one has curtains, which I expect can be drawn together for privacy, while the other has its own private access to the bar!
Number of visits by yours truly: half a dozen or so, most recently on a Sunday afternoon in April 2011
TTC information: take the King streetcar west from King Station (7- to 10-minute journey — according to a very optimistic TTC itinerary) or the Spadina streetcar south from Spadina Station (14- to 16-minute journey)
Booze selection: extensive, lots of cocktails, including Caesars, mint juleps, and single malts. Yes, they have cider (no Pimm’s)
Food selection: the fancier end of pub grub with lamb shanks, etc.
Service staff: very friendly and patient with my questions galore
Prices: expensive, but worth it
Toilets: decent and pleasant smelling. There isn’t advertising in the toilet. The music in there was very loud
Patio: on the west, not very large (the picture above tries to show how narrow the patio is)
Wheelchair accessible: lots of steps, so certainly not
Televisions: two from where we were sitting
Live music: Wednesdays at nine and a dee-jay on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
Piped-in music: Lionel Richie’s “Dancing on the Ceiling” was playing while I was investigating the ladies’ toilet
Rating: four and a half pints (out of five)