Hemingway’s

Hemingway’s (website, Twitter)
142 Cumberland Street, Toronto ON M5R 1A8 (on the north side, between Avenue Road and Bellair Street, the nearest major intersection is Avenue Road and Bloor Street West) 416-968-2828
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One of the few reasons to go to Yorkville.

I can’t recall my first visit to Hemingway’s as I’ve been going there for decades, but my most recent visit was because we wanted to see a film at the now defunct Cumberland movie theatre. We arrived too late for the then-current showing, so we decided kill time at a pub — sometimes the pieces just fall into place — while waiting for the next one.

Hemingway’s can get very crowded and it draws a younger crowd for the most part, that might have something to do with the fact that it’s open until two every night and is open every day of the year. I have no idea why Antipodeans (I love that word) frequent this pub, but they have good taste. The pub is decorated with books, travel posters, and a large picture of Hemingway and Castro, the seating inside is green leather benches with wooden chairs. Hemingway’s seems to be designed for groups, I’ve been here with a dozen or more friends and my husband, who used to work nearby, came here for company functions too.

Number of visits by yours truly: a dozen or so visits, most recently on a Sunday afternoon in July 2011
TTC information: Bay Station, exit from the west end and the pub is just across the street
Booze selection: I counted 54 beers, they also have cider, wine, and various mixed drinks (no Pimm’s)
Food selection: upscale pub food. We had the calamari and it wasn’t rubbery at all!
Service staff: attentive
Prices: reasonable for Yorkville
Toilets: the ones downstairs are not bad, I didn’t check the ones that are apparently upstairs
Patio: street level and upstairs at the front and at the back. The front upstairs is a smokers’ patio and the huge one at the back  — it can seat more than a hundred people — is partly covered in the summer, fully covered and heated in the winter (if my memory serves me well)
Wheelchair accessible: no
Televisions: one over the bar
Live music: Thursdays/Fridays/Saturdays in the winter
Piped-in music: dance dance dance music

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

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