Wylie’s Pub (website)
1234A Yonge Street, Toronto ON M4T 1W3 (on the west side of Yonge, between Walker Avenue and Alcorn Avenue, the nearest major intersection is Yonge and St. Clair) 416-920-9063
Claiming to be a pub does not necessarily mean that one is a pub. (I have attempted this myself and it did not work.)
Wylie’s had a number of regulars, who were likely there for the weekend brunch on the afternoon in question. There were leather seats, lots of dark wood, grey walls, and wine bottles galore, modern paintings for sale, as well as a convex mirror in our little corner of the pub. The establishment was loud, too loud. Apparently there is a private party room downstairs and is open until two every night.
However, I must admit that, drawing from my vast pubbing experience, Wylie’s is not a pub. A restaurant, perhaps a bar, but not a pub.
Number of visits by yours truly: my first in early January 2014
TTC information: a three-minute walk north of Summerhill station
Booze selection: about 20 beers or so, with 12 on tap, along with Thornbury and Strongbow ciders. Yes, they have Pimm’s
Food selection: Indian focus with lots of typos on the menu (spies instead of spices, but what do you expect from a place with a backwards S in its name). My dish was overly spiced and I could not finish it. Unfortunately, I later regretted my choice of meal and we will leave it at that
Service staff: spotty — as in his attention, not his appearance. It seems that I am not alone in my assessment as other online reviewers have noticed the lack of attentiveness
Prices: not bad
Toilets: clean, but nothing fundamental done to them since the 1970s, rather cramped
Wheelchair accessible: nope, there is a step at the front. However, the website states that it is wheelchair accessible
Live music: no
Piped-in music: Arcade Fire
Rating: three and a half pints (out of five)