Bellwoods Brewery (website, Twitter)
124 Ossington Avenue, Toronto ON M6J 2Z5 (on the west side, between Foxley Street and Argyle Street, the nearest major intersection is Queen Street West and Ossington Avenue) 416-535-4586
Microbrewery and fancy restaurant — perfect for a date or two!
The Bellwoods Brewery was first learned of by my better half and we decided to go there one evening as he didn’t want to cook and I didn’t want to go home. I arrived first and got a decent seat inside right next to the behind-glass on-site brewery. The chairs are mismatched and the table weather-beaten, this is on purpose as the place has only been around since April 2012. The menu was a little confusing as it was posted on the wall as just “cheese plate” and “meat plate” with prices. Fortunately, our waitress knew what was on each and was good with recommending various pints for us.
By the time we left, there was a lineup of six or seven people waiting for us to leave the Bellwoods Brewery and it was only a Tuesday evening. However, as there are only 40 seats inside — and 40 on the patio — I shouldn’t be that surprised. The pub has an excellent location as the TTC stops right in front of it, so it gets free exposure every six minutes or so most weekend evenings.
Number of visits by yours truly: my first, but not my last, on a weekday evening in July 2012
TTC information: a seven-minute ride south from Ossington Station or a 15-minute ride west on the Dundas Streetcar from Dundas Station and then a four-minute walk south
Booze selection: 26 beers, including Spirit Tree and Sir Perry ciders. Tasters are available (no Pimm’s)
Food selection: simple menu, such as “cheese plate,” but fancy food such as duck hearts
Service staff: knowledgeable
Prices: if you are hungry you will pay a lot
Toilets: nice, one upstairs and one downstairs
Patio: east facing and large (seats about 40)
Wheelchair accessible: there is a toilet on the ground floor, but I don’t know if it’s large enough for a wheelchair, the rest of the pub was very tight for a wheelchair
Televisions: no, hallelujah
Live music: “eventually”
Piped-in music: new wavy country/Rolling Stones
Rating: five pints (out of five)