Tequila Bookworm

Tequila Bookworm Toronto

Tequila Bookworm (website, Twitter
512 Queen Street West, Toronto ON M5V 2B3 (on the north side, between Ryerson Avenue and Denison Avenue, if coming north on Portland Avenue, it’s directly ahead) 416-504-2334
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Cider Mecca.

I belong to a cider appreciation society (it’s more a loose collective, but you get the idea) and it was through a recent event organized by the illustrious founder that I learned of Tequila Bookworm and their 16 ciders. Yes, 16 ciders. (By the way, I knew of Tequila Bookworm before the cider social, despite its attempts to hide with little to no signage, but I’d never gone in as I was usually on the way to somewhere else.) I have a feeling that Tequila Bookworm’s selection of ciders and beers rotate on a regular basis, so I won’t date this post with a current list, but apparently they go for the local stuff.

Tequila Bookworm is technically not a pub, it’s more a café, but as I’ve said in the past, if you don’t agree with me, you’re more than welcome to start your own blog. There are books along the top of the walls near the ceiling and it’s pretty crowded downstairs with lots of movable tables. Apparently they have free wifi, which is probably a bad idea as people don’t chat and don’t drink. Upstairs, there was a bordello red room with comfy seats leading to the patio and another room with old bus (?) chairs and a long bar.

(For Orphan Black fans, I am pretty sure this pub features in the eighth episode of the first season as an outside shot at the top of the road where Sarah’s mum lives.)

Number of visits by yours truly: my first, but not my last, on a Thursday evening in March 2013
TTC information: a six-minute streetcar ride (that’s what the TTC says) eastbound from Osgoode Station, or take the Spadina Street streetcar south from Spadina Station, which will drop you after a nine-minute ride at Queen Street West
Booze selection: 12 beers, a number of scotches and whiskeys, and 16 ciders — seriously (no Pimm’s)
Food selection: lots of hamburgers 
Service staff: very good
Prices: good for food
Toilets: could have been better, but could have been worse
Patio: upstairs at the back and tiny one at the front during the summer, the window at the front is an up-and-over door, so you might not be on the patio, but you can pretend
Wheelchair accessible:
toilets downstairs, so nope
Televisions: none
Live music: DJ some nights
Piped-in music: modern, I have no idea what was playing. You know you’re old when…

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

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