Monk’s Kettle

Monks Kettle Toronto

The Monk’s Kettle (website)
3073 Bloor Street West, Toronto ON M8X 2B5 (on the south side, just west of Brentwood Road South, the nearest major intersection is Bloor Street West and Royal York Road) 416-348-4848
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Craft beer mecca for those thirsty in Bloor West Village.

I discovered the Monk’s Kettle last month while visiting the Henry VIII Ale House — Kingsway, said establishment is across the street and while there noticed its competition. Anyway, as my regular drinking companion and I were in the west end recently, we thought the Monk’s Kettle would be a nice place to visit.

The Monk’s Kettle is rather small, full of dark wood, and has sparsely covered walls, but then again I am a fan of the Sir John Soane decorating method. There are lovely lighting fixtures in the front and there are a variety of seating options available with benches, high chairs, and regular seating. The pub, from what I can gather, has been around for about three years and still looks new. By the time we left, which was late afternoon, the pub was quite full.

Number of visits by yours truly: my first, but not my last, on a Saturday afternoon in November 2014
TTC information: a four-minute walk west of Royal York Station
Booze selection: 17 craft beers on tap and a number of imported beers in bottles, as well as Thornberry cider (no Pimm’s)
Food selection: a bit limited, but you are there for the beer
Service staff: attentive and friendly, although a number of people have complained about the service in on-line reviews. When we indicated that we wanted a second drink, our waiter suggested a local beer (Black Oak Epiphany No. 1) which we both went for after trying the sample, we were warned about the alcohol content, which was high, but as we weren’t driving, it didn’t matter
Prices: beer is cheap, food not so much, but I prefer it that way
Toilets: lock in one stall doesn’t work (a simple five-minute fix would solve that) but tidy enough
Patio: windows fold out
Wheelchair accessible: no as toilet downstairs and doorway has a small step and is too tight to manoeuvre
Televisions: one over the bar
Live music: not likely as there’s no room
Piped-in music: the Beta Band, Arcade Fire, Pixies, Daft Punk, Velvet Underground, Echo and the Bunnymen

Rating: four pints (out of five) 

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