Thirsty Fox Pub (website)
1028 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto ON M6C 2C5 (on the north side, between Old Park Road and Hilltop Road, the nearest major intersection is Eglinton Avenue West and Allen Road) 647-347-7474
Forest Hill’s local dive.
The Thirsty Fox Pub is the only pub along Eglinton Avenue West between Bathurst Street and Dufferin Avenue and the nearest pub is a 20-minute walk east. Hence, its popularity is no shock as the pub is full of regulars (nearly all male) and does a steady business. The Thirsty Fox has been around for about seven years, but there are still traces of the Italian restaurant that was once there with the mural in the entrance and the painted baby blue walls. The Thirsty Fox also has turn of the 20th-century Art Nouveau French prints and assorted beer mirrors. The seating is a mixture of stools and chairs, with tables that can be dragged to accommodate groups.
The Thirsty Fox is not the type of place that you would take someone for a date. The tired atmosphere and dive-like quality will not reflect well on any possible noble intentions you might have. The reason that we keep going back to the pub is that it is the only nearby one to an elderly relative’s home and the food is decent. The non-private party room has a pool table, dart boards, and a big-screen television.
Number of visits by yours truly: a dozen or so, most recently on a weekday evening in February 2017
TTC information: a seven-minute walk west of Eglinton West Station, the nearest bus stop westbound is the one just before the station, so you are better off walking
Booze selection: 10 or so beers, no cider and no Pimm’s
Food selection: burgers, pizza and decent portions, there are nightly specials
Service staff: can be good, can be bad (most recently, we wait 10 minutes to place our order as our server was playing a game in the other room)
Toilets: not the nicest
Patio: a thin one against the up-and-over door facing south
Wheelchair accessible: toilets downstairs, so no
Televisions: at least four including a big screen one and all showing sports
Live music: doubt it
Piped-in music: The Edge radio station
Rating: three (out of five)