The place to go for booze, glorious booze, at Yonge and St. Clair.
I can’t quite remember the first time I went to the Jester on Yonge (meaning that it was a long time ago, not a night I can’t remember). For one of our earlier visits, our friend reserved the back room for a private gathering. We had the pool table and jukebox all to ourselves and we had a lovely evening. The only time the room was “invaded” by non-guests that night was by people looking for the board games that the private room has available. After our most recent visit, which was part of a three-part mini pub crawl (only one drink and snack at each establishment) of St. Clair and Yonge, my favourite drinking companion and I declared the Jester on Yonge to be the best of the three pubs we visited that day.
The Jester on Yonge is a long narrow pub with exposed brick walls, mirrors, and black and white photographs. There are booths, benches, and tables, and a lot of stools to be had around the bar. There are newspapers on Saturdays and there were two people dining alone the afternoon in question, which is always a good sign, in my opinion.
Note: there is the Court Jester on the Danforth, so make sure you and your fellow boozehounds know where you are gathering.
Number of visits by yours truly: my fourth or fifth, most recently on a Saturday afternoon in April 2012
TTC information: a one-minute walk south of St. Clair Station
Booze selection: about 30 international and domestic beers, including Strongbow cider (no Pimm’s, but our server knew what it was)
Food selection: Tex-Mex, pasta, a decent variety and served until one in the morning most nights (until midnight on Sundays and Mondays)
Service staff: busy
Prices: expensive for booze, $8.19 for Boddingtons/Old Speckled Hen
Toilets: downstairs and less than fresh
Patio: small, west-facing and on Yonge
Wheelchair accessible: yes, but the toilets are downstairs, so I don’t think this is accessible
Live music: nope
Piped-in music: very low, the only song I could make out was “Veronica” by Elvis Costello
Rating: four pints (out of five)