Loons (website, Twitter)
416 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto ON M6R 2N2 (on the east side, between Howard Park Avenue and Hewitt Avenue, the nearest major intersection is Roncesvalles Avenue and Dundas Street West) 416-535-8561
Best patio on Roncesvalles.
I first went to Loons about eight or nine years ago. We had a friend who then lived in the neighbourhood and we met there for a pint on the patio. Over the years I’ve been back a couple of times and I like it, but Loons could be better. It’s a tad seedy at night, perhaps because cover bands remind me of movies where fights break out. The fact that only our group (who had sat down to drink and dine well before the cover band began) and what appeared to be a handful of regulars were the only people inside Loons that night shows you that everyone else knew something we didn’t.
Loons has old prints and dark red walls, which makes it rather attractive, and a shuffleboard table and a jukebox. While I was waiting for the rest of my group to show up, I found a loonie on the seat next to me, so I decided later to use it in the jukebox for a song (a dollar a song in a pub, no wonder people steal music) and because the cover band came on, I never heard my song. In summary, unless it’s patio weather, go elsewhere for your pint.
Number of visits by yours truly: three or four visits, most recently on a Friday evening in May 2012
TTC information: a four-minute ride southbound from Dundas West Station on the King or Dundas streetcars to Howard Park Avenue
Booze selection: 12 beers on tap including Strongbow cider and Magners in a can (no Pimm’s)
Food selection: lots of sandwiches and wraps. The menu is online
Service staff: good
Prices: not bad
Toilets: not acceptable, but could have been worse
Patio: west-facing and quite large, the best in the area
Wheelchair accessible: nope
Live music: Fridays and it was a cover band the night we were there
Piped-in music: AC/DC, Pretenders, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Rating: three and a half pints (out of five)