Great for a beer after a few hours of reading and research at the Toronto Reference Library.
I’d never been to the Pilot Tavern before and I will probably go back as it’s centrally located at Yonge and Bloor, and, for those who are wealthier than me, it is also on the outskirts of Yorkville, in my opinion, as it’s east of Bay.
According to the menu, the Pilot Tavern was founded in 1944 and moved to its current location in 1972. As a testament to its longevity and popularity there are plaques on the bar for regulars. There is a variety of seating available, comfy leather benches at the back, tables and chairs at the front, stools at the bar and on an island. The choice is yours! On the afternoon I went there, the Pilot was very busy. The Pilot has art for sale on the walls and there is a party room upstairs that can apparently hold up to 130 people. I didn’t realise that there was a room at the back on the ground floor until I checked out the website, so you might want to keep that in mind if meeting up with friends.
Number of visits by yours truly: first, but not last, visit on a weekday afternoon in August 2011
TTC information: Bloor-Yonge Station, just one block north of Bloor
Booze selection: 30 beers (some available in both cans and draft), coolers, wines, Strongbow and Thornbury ciders (no Pimm’s)
Food selection: fancier end of pub grub (the menu is online)
Service staff: good, but waited a while for meal
Prices: expensive, for example the fish and chips was $14.95 (but I didn’t see the size of the meal, so I don’t know if it was good value)
Toilets: very clean (my grandmother would approve) and very shiny (all metal)
Patio: street level at the front and upstairs on the roof, which has heaters and retractable awnings
Wheelchair accessible: no
Televisions: four over the bar and two in the back room
Live music: live jazz on Saturday afternoons
Piped-in music: jazz
Rating: four pints (out of five)