Bar Hop is a brew pub that offers 100 types of bottled beers, 36 varieties of craft beer on tap and two casks with rotating options. Their seasonal brews include Mort Subite Framboise, Theresianer Vienna and Le Trou Du Diable Saison Du. Guests can also opt for bottled beer such as Saison Dupont, gluten-free kinds like Spirit Tree Draught Cider and gateway beers, the Dragon Stout being an example. You can also enjoy a snack or light meal while you have a drink. Keep an eye out for events such as Mussel Mondays, where you can avail of discounted prix fixe menus. This place doesn't accept reservations, hence it is advisable to head here early before it gets too crowded.
If you're a spirits or whiskey person, you absolutely have to visit The Caledonian on College Street, a gem of Little Italy. With a menu featuring over 200 of malts and brews, it's hardly a surprise that this place tops many a travelers' bucket lists. If malts aint your thing, there's a prolific beer list that includes several lagers and cask-conditioned ales from Scotland. And yet, drinks aren't the only USP of this place; the kitchens at The Caledonian are known to produce some of the most delicious Scottish food to be found in Toronto. Palatable preparations like haggis, Scotch eggs and fish n' chips dominate the drool-worthy, albeit limited, menu. Drop in, order up your favorite malt and chomp on some haggis with neeps and tatties and for desserts you could try the deep fried Mars Bars; they're insanely good!
Owned and operated by Jamieson Kerr, of the Crush Wine Bar fame, The Queen and Beaver Public House is designed after the quintessential British public house from days of yore. Housed within a charming Victorian building, this pub sports a casual yet classy allure, thanks to its mismatched furniture, old wallpapers and numerous lounge chairs. Dishes like roast beef rump, lamb curry and rabbit terrine dominate the menu here. A range of puddings and dessert wines help you finish the meal well. For beverages, there's a prolific beer list with ciders, draught and cask conditioned ales; for those who like their drinks fruity, there's also a small list of cocktails available.
Situated in the historic Distillery District, Mill Street Brew Pub has had the distinction of winning close to 60 awards, some of which include the Best Brewpub/Tied House in Ontario, Best Microbrewery and a gold medal in the Ontario Brewing Awards. Besides, it has also bagged prizes for its individual brews. This beer connoisseurs' destination is tucked away in a historic Victorian building and produces premium hand-crafted lager beers and ales. It boasts of a cozy ambience, with a large patio area, and spacious brick-walled and wooden interiors with multiple large screen televisions. It serves 14 hand-crafted lager beers including the popular Original Organic Lager and Tankhouse Ale. It also offers excellent snacks to complement the beverage selection and you can feast on Stuffed French Toast, Eggs Charlotte and Quiche. This pub hosts regular events and you can even take a tour of the brewery and watch them brew one of their award-winning beers. If you can't get enough of this place, you can take home some of their merchandise from their retail store on-site.
Located inside the basement of Drake Hotel, Underground is famous among the party-goers and music fanatics alike. Host to a range of live music performances, concerts, gigs, film screenings and dance parties, Underground is surely the most versatile venue around. Offering a full bar, and some tit-bits to gorge on, this amazing space will surely add to the fun in your evening. To know about their upcoming schedule, keep a tab on their Facebook page.
Lee opened its doors in 2004 and is owned by celebrated chef Susur Lee. Its black and pink decor is highlighted by velvet-rose banquettes and dim lights. This upscale Asian fusion restaurant has a menu set for small plates meant to share with your friends. Savor their Mexican Goat Cheese Tart, Crispy Shoe String Potato, Lentil and Quinoa Croquettes, Singaporean-style Slaw, Caramelized Black Cod, Spice Crusted Diver Scallop, Assam Thai Satay and Korean Style Marinated Beef Striploin. Round it off with desserts like Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée and Pear Tart. Complement your meal with signature cocktails and wine.
The Artful Dodger is a perfect place to down a few beers with friends. The pub has a respectable number of beers on tap and serves scrumptious bar snacks to complement your drink. You can sit at the front patio of the bar, which is perfect for people watching. There is an extended patio at the rear end of the bar as well, here they have a juke box and a pool table. They will make you a good pulled pork sandwich or a meaty burger, yet if you are unable to decide on the food you can try their daily combo. Their portions and pours are quite generous and the ambiance is cozy and rustic, which is why the place is usually packed by late evenings.
The D Bar is located at the Four Seasons Hotel, Toronto. Here you will find some of the most innovative cocktails made by bartenders who are masters at their craft. Their cocktails are infused with traditional spirits and seasonal ingredients. They also serve craft beers and offer an extensive wine list. Drinks can be impeccably complemented with charcuterie, artisanal cheeses and small plates. As the address suggests, since it is a part of the Four Seasons hotel, the place effortlessly exudes a sophisticated charm through its elite decor and tasteful interiors.
Located in Yorkville and close to the major downtown attractions, Dimmi has gone back to basics with offerings of pizza and pasta. The mood is casual, and the service friendly. There's bar service to 2a and, although the main kitchen closes at 11p, there's often a chance of getting pizza and pasta until 2a. The thin crust pizza is gourmet all the way with offerings ranging from the traditional Margherita to Marinara with calamari, shrimps and baby clams. Meat and fish specials are also offered.
Located across Yorkville Avenue, The Oxley Public House is a typical British pub. Sans any pretensions, this drinking and dining establishment welcomes everyone. The leather sofas, neatly arranged chairs and perfectly placed photographs adorning the walls make for a neat yet casual atmosphere. With two bars, patios and a special sports room featuring screens for watching sporting action, space is certainly not a constraint here. As far as menu is concerned, you are spoilt for choice; brunch,lunch, pub fare and much more is served here. It also has Snug, a room that can be booked for private events. Go ahead and enjoy British fare and hospitality at Oxley Public House.
Museum Tavern recreates the magical charm of a vintage American bar, replete with lamps dangling from imposing copper ceilings, chessboard flooring, bentwood furniture, marble-top tables and luxurious sofas with chocolate brown upholstery. Its patio affords views of the Royal Conservatory of Music, Royal Ontario Museum and the Philosopher's Walk. Start your meal with Ahi Tuna Poke Cones served with pickled cucumber, avocado and Sriracha Mayonnaise. Their entrées include Pan Roasted Free Run Half Chicken, Aztec Bowl and Butcher's Bolognese. Their pastry chef crafts excellent desserts that serve as the right touch to a delicious gourmet meal. Do not miss their barrel, oak-aged cocktails like the Bombay Sapphire gin-infused Negroni and the Old Fashioned concocted from Four Roses Bourbon and orange peel.
O'Grady's Tap and Grill is that typical bar and eatery where you can casually walk in even if you desire quick snacks and a pint of beer after midnight. It is popular for its patio, which offers cozy seating and charming views of the street. Situated in a two-story cottage, this restaurant serves pub fare such as Chicken Souvlaki Dinner, in which marinated chicken is served on a skewer accompanied by crispy fries and Greek salad. Try their Eggs Benedict, Monte Cristo Sandwich or The Hangover for brunch. This bar also offers catering services for private celebrations. Check their website for updates on events such as Martini Mondays, Bitched Out, Gay Trivia Night and Pint Night.