A pleasant way to enjoy a pint on Toronto’s waterfront.
The first to greet us at the Watermark Pub were the pigeons that sneak in when the pub is empty and everyone is on the patio admiring the view. We sat near a lovely fireplace, with comfy seats and interesting prints on the wall. The Watermark is one of the largest pubs in Toronto and that doesn’t include its huge patios. The Watermark Pub has mixed online reviews, sometimes the service is good, sometimes not, the food is also hit and miss, with not a lot of selection. They apparently have a tiny kitchen, so you might arrive and be unable to eat as the kitchen is more than an hour behind with food orders. (The toilets are also small.) With a pub that large in such an ideal location, you have to plan accordingly, this could be a great pub, but it needs a larger kitchen and more staff. You can’t skimp on service!
The Watermark is a sister pub to the Brazen Head, Murphy’s Law, Pogue Mahone, and the Foggy Dew so if you like them, you’ll like this one. However, this one seems to be a weak link the chain, so don’t go in with high expectations.
Number of visits by yours truly: first, but not my last, on a weekend afternoon in July 2013
TTC information: according to the TTC, the quickest way to the Watermark from Yonge and Bloor, which is always the place I use as a start point for this blog, is taking the Bay bus south, which is a 23-minute ride. I would suggest walking from Union Station, but Google Maps won’t cooperate and let me work out how long it would take. I estimate 10 minutes, give or take traffic and/or construction
Booze selection: 30 beers, including Magners, Thornberry, and Somersby ciders (no Pimm’s)
Food selection: not a lot of choice. The menu is online
Service staff: friendly
Toilets: clean and tidy, but only two (I seem to recall) stalls in the ladies’ for a huge pub
Patio: east and south, facing onto the Toronto Islands
Wheelchair accessible: apparently, but the toilet entrance is very small, so I would be hesitant
Televisions: three in our section
Live music: “on the patio sometimes”
Piped-in music: U2, the Cult, Chicago, Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game” (which was cut off halfway to play crap and I heard someone howling like a dog from the bowels of the kitchen)
Rating: three and a half pints (out of five)