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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!
House on Parliament has been around for more than 15 years now, almost a landmark in Cabbagetown. The place can be described as a homey, cozy pub where there's lots of light-hearted banter, laughter and many friendly faces. The menu features delectable pub grub; lots of sandwiches, paninis and finger food. Fish n' Chips and pulled pork sandwich are quite recommended here. The drinks menu, on the other hand features several regional and European brews; pilsners, cask-ales and ciders, you can have your pick of brews. There's also a selection of wines - red, white and bubbly from all over the world. House on Parliament is basically a place where locals come to chill after a hard day's work; you're friendly, neighborhood waterin' hole.
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.
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.
A quaint bar without the mediocre bar food is what you'll find at Rebel House. Housing new takes on old classics, you'll find fresh ingredients in every dish. Open for brunch, lunch and dinner, each meal brings a level of sophistication to pub grub. After delving into their delicious food, wash your eats down with a beer from a selection of local Ontario breweries. A cozy patio awaits in the back for some alfresco dining too.