The Two-Headed Dog
1469 Gerrard Street East, Toronto ON M4L 2A1 (on the south side, between Rhodes Avenue and Craven Road, the nearest major intersection is Gerrard Street East and Coxwell Avenue) 416-461-1798
A decent pub in Toronto’s Little India.
In keeping with the recent reviews of pubs with animal-inspired names (Thirsty Fox Pub, Crown and Dragon, and The Thirsty Duck), I decided to head back to the Two-Headed Dog pub (which doesn’t use the hyphen in its title, but it should!), which I first visited last summer while on a walk. We stopped in the then newly opened pub for a pint and we discovered that they serve butter chicken poutine, which was very good. We said to ourselves that we would return when we had a bit more time. As we were in the neighbourhood again recently, I suggest to my favourite drinking companion that we check out the pub again, which we did.
The Two-Headed Dog has a mixture of seating, with lots of four-seater booths, chairs, and benches. The walls are covered with old photographs and engravings, and it is very light with the two up-and-over doors, although the back does not offer much of a view with a parking lot. There are a lot of televisions there, but because of the placements, it was difficult to look at the screens. There is a downstairs with a pool table. This pub is owned by the same people who run the two Queen’s Head pubs, which I have yet to review.
Number of visits by yours truly: twice so far and more to come, most recently on a weekday evening in March 2017
TTC information: a seven-minute bus ride south of Coxwell Station
Booze selection: about 10 beers, along with Strongbow cider. (They don’t have Pimm’s.)
Food selection: standard pub grub, with a few nods to the neighbours with Indian-infused dishes, such as yummy butter chicken poutine
Service staff: very nice, but the kitchen seemed slow with our order. (A number of online reviewers have found fault with the service. We didn’t have a problem, but both times we were there, the pub was not busy.)
Prices: not bad
Patio: no, but there are up-and-over doors at the front and back of the pub
Wheelchair accessible: nope, as toilets downstairs and there are stairs in the pub to the upper back level
Televisions: eight, showing either sports or CP24
Live music: very likely not
Piped-in music: James Brown, Bob Dylan, Bee Gees, Tragically Hip (or the radio, which was very loud)
Rating: three and a half pints (out of five)