Mill St. Brew Pub (website, Twitter)
55 Mill Street, Building 63, Toronto ON M5A 3C4 (between Trinity Street and Cherry Street, on the south side of the lane just south of Mill Street, the nearest major intersection is Parliament Street and Front Street East) 416-681-0338
Perfect for a pint after an afternoon in the Distillery District or before a SoulPepper production.
Is there any sweeter word in the English language than “pub”? Inspector Morse’s favourite word — if my memory serves me well — was “unbuttoned,” and the Marquise de Merteuil’s favourite was “cruelty” (translated from the French, of course). What I am getting at is that after a hard day of window shopping, and after a gruelling week off work, the word “pub” lightens one step and brings joy to one’s heart.
Mill St. Brew Pub was a lovely way to end our day at the Distillery District. Keeping in tone with the rest of the area, the pub itself has exposed brickwork, painted inside, and wooden floors. There are bookcases, framed beer mats, and it’s very bright due to the skylights. In the middle of the pub itself is a brewery behind glass windows, which you can tour. My husband’s beer was served in an old-fashioned mug and I had ginger-flavoured beer, which could have been more gingery, but I am not complaining! The pub also has a store (not open the same hours as the pub itself), which alas did not sell the ginger-flavoured beer on its own.
Number of visits by yours truly: my first, but not my last, on a Friday afternoon in early August 2011
TTC information: a five-minute (that’s what the TTC itinerary says) ride eastbound from King Station on the King streetcar to Trinity Street or take the bus from Castle Frank Station (the 65 Parliament), which will drop you after a 12-minute ride at Front and Parliament
Booze selection: 12 beers — all Mill St. naturally — and you can get tasting trays of beer, so we had one. There are also a number of coolers, wines, martinis, and Waupoos cider (no Pimm’s)
Food selection: interesting, pub fare pumped up a notch
Service staff: pleasant
Prices: considering the area, it’s reasonable
Toilets: all right, a little messy
Patio: north and west. The north was a traditional patio, while the south was funky
Wheelchair accessible: yes
Televisions: too many! Reminded us of an upscale Jack Astor’s
Live music: no
Piped-in music: Sloan, CCR, INXS, Mr. Bowie
Rating: four and a half pints (out of five)