Scallywags

Scallywags (website, Twitter)
11 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto ON M4V 1K6 (on the south side of St. Clair Avenue West, just west of Yonge Street) 416-922-3737
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The place to go at Yonge and St. Clair to watch sports while enjoying a pint.

I’ve been to Scallywags a couple of times over the years. Because it’s a sports bar, with lots of televisions usually showing rugby and football (soccer) or other sporting events I can’t be bothered to identify, I feel like a fish out of water. The reason we went there was because it was part of a three-part mini pub crawl of St. Clair and Yonge, involving the Jester on Yonge, then Fox and Fiddle (now closed), and rounding off with Scallywags.

There is football memorabilia everywhere in Scallywags, hardwood floors, booths, and tables, and upstairs a party room on the second floor that can be rented for free (meaning that you have to put down a deposit). Scallywags is actually such a sports bar that it will open early to show some sporting events and it can get very crowded when there is a big game on, so make a reservation or arrive early.

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 west of St. Clair Station
Booze selection: 20 beers, alas I forgot to ask if they have cider (no Pimm’s)
Food selection: some surprises, such as Korean pork chops and hand-rolled Moroccan cigars, which we ordered. They were rather spicy and I do like spicy food, but perhaps it was even too much for me
Service staff: quick, but it was a Saturday afternoon and the pub was only half full, I see that others have said that the service could be better
Prices: average
Toilets: clean and downstairs
Patio: heated rooftop patio that’s rather nice
Wheelchair accessible: not really as the toilets are downstairs
Televisions: 10!
Live music: yes, Mondays and Sundays
Piped-in music: disco, Tears For Fears, Shania Twain

Rating: three and a half pints (out of five) 

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