The Three Brewers (website)
275 Yonge Street, Toronto ON M5B 1N8 (on the east side, just south of Dundas Square and north of Shuter Street, the nearest major intersection is Yonge Street and Dundas Street) 647-347-6286
The spot for a beer after exhausting the delights of the Eaton Centre.
This Three Brewers pub and microbrewery is apparently the Toronto flagship for the international chain with another three Toronto locations opening “soon” (as of July 2015, only one other has opened). This one is across the way from the Eaton Centre, and as such the pub appeared to be full of tourists and Ryerson student starting early on their extracurricular credits. My friend and I were in a booth, with a foot rail (!), but there were a number of tables and chairs available that were dragged into various configurations as the afternoon in question wound down. The pub itself features large brewing vats near the entrance and is cavernous with various floors and open rooms for cozier dining for couples and for larger groups. One could get lost in here if not careful or sober!
The Three Brewers is perhaps not the best place to go to before a show at the nearby Ed Mirvish Theatre (formerly the Pantages, Imperial, and later the Canon) as the service was little slow. I am apparently not the only one who noticed this, and timing is everything in show business! They might want to iron out a few kinks — with a larger beer selection and better service — before attempting to take over Toronto.
Number of visits by yours truly: my first on a weekday afternoon in September 2014
TTC information: just a minute’s walk south of Dundas Station
Booze selection: five beers with rather boring names — white, blonde, IPA, amber, and dark (let’s see, they could have gone with Scary, Posh, Ginger, Baby, and Sporty or Julian, Dick, Anne, George, and Timmy, or vision, smell, touch, taste, and hearing) and a monthly specialty beer. No cider and no Pimm’s
Food selection: decent enough selections with suggested beer pairings
Service staff: a little slow, but polite (the slowness is noticed by a number of online reviewers)
Toilets: in decent shape, but plan ahead as it’s a bit of an odyssey and follow the yellow dots
Patio: nope, but the windows open wide for that lovely second-hand smoke and truck exhaust flavour wafting off Yonge Street
Wheelchair accessible: negative, as toilets are upstairs
Televisions: nine at least!
Live music: nay
Piped-in music: Céline Dion, Tina Turner, Katy Perry, The Cranberries
Rating: three and half pints (out of five)