The Queen and Beaver (website, Twitter)
35 Elm Street, Toronto ON M5G 1H1 (on the south side, between Yonge Street and Bay Street, the nearest major insertion is Yonge Street and Dundas Street) 647-347-2712
A charming pub fit for a pint or two with friends and for a first date (if you want a second one).
I started this blog because I was taking a course on writing for the web and had to create one. I decided to write about pubs as friends often asked me for advice on good pubs for first dates through to wedding receptions, etc. Anyway, one of my classmates suggested the Queen and Beaver. I finally got around to visiting it this August and have been back twice since.
The first two times I went to the Queen and Beaver, I sat upstairs in the “sports screening room.” Unfortunately, the room is very noisy as there is no carpet and if it is crowded, you will have trouble hearing your companions, but no trouble hearing the people on the other side of the room. The upstairs is decorated with sports photography and there are books too. The pub uses unmatched plates and a variety of chairs, which is rather charming. On our most recent visit, the downstairs was open — it was closed on our second visit — and we sat in the front room, which was more formal and very nice. Note, they have a private dining room downstairs that can fit about eight people.
Update 2013.12.29: Unfortunately, the Queen and Beaver has lost its coveted TorontoPubs five out five pints scoring due to my two latest visits. We were rushed out of the pub recently by being given our (hefty) bill without asking. Next visit, there was no one at the door to greet us and I could see someone working behind the bar in the dining area (and we hung around for a while) and, while going to the next floor, three different parties converged on the landing, with someone coming down and us going up, with a member of staff behind us, we let the person come down the stairs first and the member of staff then popped in front of us and bounded up. Not impressed! We ended up going to the Duke of Richmond instead.
Number of visits by yours truly: three, most recently on a Saturday evening in November 2011
TTC information: just a block north of Dundas Station
Booze selection: 11 beers, including three different ciders, numerous wines (they have Pimm’s)
Food selection: you can have rabbit and potato pie followed by Stilton-wild cherry ice cream. They have a number of unusual ice cream flavours, and I have had most of them, they are delicious! Note that the menu seems to change frequently.
Service staff: very good
Prices: very expensive, four dollars for a can of ice tea, but worth it for the most part
Patio: north of the building and one upstairs
Wheelchair accessible: no
Televisions: one large one in the “sports screening room” upstairs
Live music: nope
Piped-in music: in the background
Rating: four and a half pints (out of five)