The Wren

The Wren Pub Toronto

The Wren (website, Twitter)
1382 Danforth Avenue, Toronto ON M4J 1M9 (on the north side, between Greenwood Avenue and Monarch Park, the nearest major intersection is Greenwood Avenue and Danforth Avenue) 647-748-1382
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Hope for the Danforth! 

Regular readers of my blog (if there are any) will know that one of my greatest laments is that I live in an area devoid of pubs. However, I have hopes that this is changing as the Wren has opened. The Wren arrived earlier this summer (2013) and it was discovered by us one weekend on the way back from a visit to Sarah’s. With the opening of the Wren and Morgan’s on the Danforth, I feel that there is change in the air for my neighbourhood. We decided to go to the Wren the following evening and we were not disappointed.

The Wren looks more Western saloon than English pub, which certainly is not a mark against it. The Wren has a distressed brick wall with an original Coca-Cola advertisement (c. 1920s), tapestry woven pictures, wooden floors, and two long tables with benches that can each seat four, in addition to tables, booths, and a small snug at the back. The dining plates are mismatched, but that is no distraction from the food, which was very spicy, but good. One thing not in favour for the Wren is its policy of being child-friendly. Apparently they encourage snivelies! They will learn in time.

At this time, the Wren does not take reservations and they only take cash.

Number of visits by yours truly: my first, but not my last visit, on a weekday evening in August 2013
TTC information: Greenwood Station, mere metres on the Danforth from the station
Booze selection: 12 local craft beers, which changes now and then, including Thornbury cider (they do not have Pimm’s)
Food selection: a rather small selection of Tex-Mex, which was spicy for both my dining companion and myself
Service staff: quick!
Prices: not bad
Toilets: very nice
Patio: south-facing, but very small
Wheelchair accessible: yes!
Televisions: none (huzzah!)
Live music: nope!
Piped-in music: Mr. Bowie and the Cure’s “Just Like Heaven”

Rating: four and half pints (out of five) 

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