928 Bloor Street West, Toronto ON M6H 1L4 (on the north side, between Delaware Avenue and Concord Avenue, the nearest major intersection is Ossington Avenue and Bloor Street West) 416-531-9096
One of Toronto’s oldest pubs!
Established in 1892, the Black Horse pub looks like it has seen a lot over its long history. It reminded my drinking companion of a greasy spoon, which I must agree with as it had a rather worn look about it. Everything from the rounded arches to the mirrored bar reminded me of what a pub must have looked like in the ’70s. All that was missing was a thin haze of secondhand cigarette smoke.
We stumbled across the Black Horse as we were in Korea Town and decided it was pub time (but when is it ever not I hear you say). I had read somewhere that the Black Horse pub had a horse head protruding into the street, but that’s nowhere to be seen now and we almost walked by as that was what I was looking for. Inside, there are booths, tables and a couch in the back. The walls are covered with photographs of old Toronto, horseshoes, and equine-related paraphernalia, and the kitchen is exposed, which is always a good sign in my opinion.
Note, there is the Dark Horse, further along Bloor, and there is also a Black Horse pub in Mississauga.
Number of visits by yours truly: my first, but not my last, on a weekday afternoon in late December 2011
TTC information: just a block and a half west from Ossington Station
Booze selection: 12 beers and no cider! Zut alors! I don’t know why I even bothered to ask if they had Pimm’s. They didn’t
Food selection: rather limited with pasta and burgers. We had the large order of chicken wings, which was good, but the wings were small
Service staff: good, but rather shy
Prices: very reasonable
Toilets: the most cramped toilets I have been in since I was last in England. My knees touched the door
Patio: north and looked nice
Wheelchair accessible: no, a step up into the bar and steps to the toilet
Live music: no
Piped-in music: light jazz on the radio
Rating: three pints (out of five)