Mullins Irish Pub (College) (website, Twitter)
537 College Street, Toronto ON M6G 1A9 (on the south-west corner of College Street and Euclid Avenue, the nearest major intersection is Bathurst Street and College Street) 416-972-6859
Decent little pub in the heart of Little Italy.
The evening in question had started with my faithful pub companion and me deciding upon the Monarch Tavern as the scene of our next adventure. However, that plan crashed and burned after we went inside said tavern — after first trying the fake front door — and taking in the (lack of) atmosphere of the upstairs bar, a too-loud radio station blared away and a number of people standing around with the only light being cast from neon drink advertisements. It was truly a tavern. So we fell outside into the fizzy night and came across Mullins. The evening improved dramatically (in part because our friend joined us there).
Mullins is one of a chain of pubs, so be sure to note which location you and your companions are meeting at. This location on College has only been around for a few years,. This Mullins is rather small, it is not pretentious and it has a number of regulars. Towards the end of the evening, it filled up quite a lot with customers considering what a bitter night it was outside. It has a snug made for about seven made from old doors. There is also a rather large party room at the back.
Number of visits by yours truly: my first, but not my last, on a Saturday night in January 2014
TTC information: a six-minute ride south from Bathurst Station or take the College streetcar from College Station, which will drop you after a 12-minute ride at Euclid
Booze selection: dozen or so beers, including Foundry and Magners cider (no Pimm’s)
Food selection: standard offerings — nachos with chorizo and mac and cheese
Service staff: very good
Prices: good, the Amsterdam beers were $5 each that night
Toilets: nice, but a little stinky with that distinctive basement smell
Patio: east-facing and rather small
Wheelchair accessible: not really as the toilets are in the basement
Live music: Wednesdays
Piped-in music: music appeared to be on a loop as we heard the same songs (Fleetwood Mac, Grateful Dead, Phil Collins) over and over
Rating: four pints (out of five)