The Granite Brewery (website, Twitter)
245 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto ON M4P 3B7 (on the east side, just south of Eglinton Avenue East on Mount Pleasant, the nearest major intersection is Yonge and Eglinton) 416-322-0723
Good beers, iffy service, in-house keg-to-go beer store.
I can’t remember the first time I went to the Granite Brewery. I’ve been a number of times over the years as we used to live nearby and it has a central location. However, the service can be bad, so I have hesitated to go back there. One time we waited more than an hour between visits by our server (we had fresh drinks to start with and were on the back patio, so we didn’t mind for a while, but by the time our server came back, we were not pleased and he didn’t seem to care). This bad service is part of the reason I have avoided reviewing the Granite Brewery.
The Granite Brewery has a library room, lots of Hogarth prints, and a set of stuffed Laurel and Hardy playing chess. The large room at the back has awful tablecloths, which remind me of garden parties in the 1980s. However, they do have a decent self-serve brunch on the weekends and on-site brewing. They also have menus in large print and Braille.
Update 2014.03.21: I tried to make a reservation for 16 people in the front room of the Granite right by the windows, but they wouldn’t change the orientation of the tables to accommodate my group, so we’re going elsewhere!
Number of visits by yours truly: two or three dozen visits as I used to live nearby, most recently in late August 2012
TTC information: you can catch several eastbound buses from Elington station, but as the pub is only a 10-minute walk, you might just want to consider that as figuring out which bus is leaving first isn’t really worth the trouble
Booze selection: eight beers on tap, five in circulation, several of these beers have won awards. They have Strongbow cider in bottles (no Pimm’s)
Food selection: good salads and standard pub grub
Service staff: can be hit or miss. On my most two recent visits the service was very good and the place was very crowded
Toilets: recently renovated
Patio: covered west-facing patio in the front and semi-covered in the courtyard in the back
Wheelchair accessible: yup!
Televisions: at least four and one was turned off
Live music: nope
Piped-in music: Queen’s “Under Pressure” and the Shins (I have no idea who they are, but my friend knew)
Rating: three and a half pints (out of five)