The Auld Spot (website, Twitter)
347 Danforth Avenue, Toronto ON M4K 1N7 (on the south side, between Bowden Street and Hampton Avenue, the nearest major intersection is Broadview Avenue and Danforth Avenue) 416-406-4688
A lovely ‘spot’ on the Danforth for some liquid restoration.
One of the nice things about writing this blog is that I get to go back to pubs I visited before and have the pleasant experience of realizing how much I like the pub. Case in point: The Auld Spot. Nestled in a lovely part of the Danforth, near some neat shops, such as Alex’s Farm Products (seriously, they don’t have a website!) and Book City, and several other pubs (the Old Nick, Allen’s, and Dora Keogh) the Auld Spot manages to hold its own against some serious competition.
The first time I remember going to the Auld Spot was on St. Patrick’s Day a few years ago, we managed to get a table — it was early afternoon — and enjoyed a pint before pressing on. We’ve been back several times and always enjoy our visits. The seating is mixed, booths, high tables, and chairs around the bar filled with regulars. Large groups might find it difficult to find a suitable spot. The walls are that gorgeous burnt orange and there are white branches on the ceiling covered with fairy lights at the back. Sometimes, while in pubs, my better half and I talk about opening our own pub, if we did, it would be similar to the Auld Spot on the Danforth.
Take note that there is an Auld Spot pub in Little Italy, so make sure your pub posse knows which one to go to. Also see my update on service at the pub. Not impressed!
Number of visits by yours truly: three or four, most recently on a Saturday afternoon in March 2012
TTC information: within stumbling distance of Chester Station
Booze selection: 14 on tap, including Magners cider, and seven in bottles, lots of Scotches (yes, they have Pimm’s!)
Food selection: comfort food with a twist, such as wild boar burgers and oysters (served with oyster forks)
Service staff: update 2014.05.29 terrible service last evening. I asked for a menu when I ordered our drinks and after my companion arrived we sat for 20 minutes without service while our drinks slowly vanished. We finally gave up and decided to go to the Old Nick instead, which, as usual, was worth the visit
Toilets: lovely, lots of toilet paper, but only two booths, then again, it is a smaller pub
Patio: on the Danforth, but rather small
Wheelchair accessible: not really, there are no steps, but it’s cramped and the toilets aren’t accessible
Televisions: one, rather small and over the bar
Live music: too small — sweet mercies
Piped-in music: Spoons, Elvis Costello, Jimi Hendrix, they turned it up when Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” came on
Rating: four pints (out of five)