Selynn’s Regal Beagle
335 Bloor Street West, Toronto ON M5S 1W7 (on the south side, between St. George Street and Huron Street) 416-591-6859
Consider staying on the long and winding road to another watering hole.
I’ve walked by the Regal Beagle hundreds of times as it’s on the same block as the Bata Shoe Museum, near the Royal Ontario Museum, and just north of the University of Toronto. However, it was only recently that I stopped in for a pint. I was pleasantly surprised, however, it seems that my experience was unusual. I should caution my reader (only one subscriber so far, but that’s better than none!) that a large of number of the reviews for the Regal Beagle — which might ring a bell as the neighbourhood pub of Three’s Company fame — are negative. According to reviews of the pub on the internet I have read, the draft beers are flat and tasteless, the nachos minimal, and the fries awful.
The Regal Beagle was rather quiet that afternoon with only a handful of customers, including a regular at the bar, but I guess that had more to do with the time of day than anything else. The pub has a large party room at the back, which is for rent. The pub has lots of booths, most for parties of four and has a digital jukebox.
Number of visits by yours truly: first visit, on a Saturday afternoon in September 2011
TTC information: equidistant between St. George Station and Spadina Station
Booze selection: 10 beers and Strongbow cider — or as our waitress called it, Wrongbow — in a can and a number of mixed drinks (no Pimm’s, sniff)
Food selection: straightforward pub grub with burgers and sandwiches, I had the shepherd’s pie, which I thought was rather good
Service staff: very polite and very friendly
Prices: very reasonable, but you are very close to the University of Toronto
Toilets: not bad
Patio: north facing
Wheelchair accessible: wheelchair might not fit entrance as there is a concrete planter and an iron fence on the patio which narrows the entrance considerably
Televisions: two over the bar, one at the back
Live music: nope
Piped-in music: Beatles all the time (but could be a lot worse)
Rating: three pints (out of five)