The Pour House Irish Pub (website, Twitter)
182 Dupont Avenue, Toronto ON M5R 2E6 (on the north side, between Huron Street and St. George Street, the nearest major intersection is Dupont Avenue and Davenport Road) 416-967-7687
Your local in the Toronto fiefdom of Casa Loma.
We have come to the Pour House a number of times over this pub’s lifetime; on the way to see a Tarragon Theatre production (they are only an 11-minute walk away according to Google); after helping friends move; and on our way from Spadina House.
The Pour House underwent a facelift over the summer of 2015 and raided a local lumber yard for its version of wallpaper. The Pour House seems to attract a younger crowd, as it is just minutes from George Brown College’s Casa Loma Campus.
Update June 2012: The Pour House has subsequently lost a pint in its original rating as both my better half and I have had poor service at the pub on two separate occasions since this review. My better half was left unattended for 20 minutes at the end of his meal and eventually had to go up to the bar to request his bill, while I went in for a quick pint and was ignored by both waitresses several times and the barman was nowhere to be found, I eventually walked out stone cold sober.
Number of visits by yours truly: four or five visits, most recently on a weekday evening in February 2012
TTC information: just a three-minute walk east of Dupont Station
Booze selection: 17 beers, including Strongbow cider (no Pimm’s). Apparently they will have Leffe Brune
Food selection: new world Irish and pizza
Service staff: see coda above
Patio: north and a rooftop patio
Wheelchair accessible: no
Televisions: several, but none were visible where I was sitting
Live music: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights
Piped-in music: Phil Collins’ goth-inspired “In The Air Tonight” (still gives me goosebumps). Perhaps written after an evening of regrets, absinthe, incense, and four loads of black laundry. (Much better than the rubbish the boozehounds at the far table were playing aloud on their bloody iPod-y thingy. Gentlemen, ear buds were a step forward for civilization!)
Rating: three and a half pints (out of five)