A good beer isn’t hard to find in this city, the real task is finding a bar with the perfect vibe to keep the party going all night long. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most raved about spots—fancy, cozy, dive-y, pub-y—to fit whatever mood you’re in!
Bar Isabel | 797 College St.
A warm, social atmosphere with an interior like that of a romantic Spanish tavern. Delicious Spanish tapas fitting for a lovely evening with friends. Complete with an extensive bottle list of great imports and local brews.
Roxy Bar | 284 King St. W.
A great place to shoot pool with your buds after work with a cold one. Darts, pinball and board games give Roxy Bar a fun, enticing atmosphere. Pouring Big Rock Brewery’s Grasshopper and Traditional Ale makes us wanna head over, pronto!
Castro’s Lounge | 2116 Queen St. E.
An east end gem with an interesting layout of dozens of photographs of history makers: Einstein, The Beatles, Ghandi, Castro—you name it. With the sheer number of photos you’re bound to strike up a conversation over just about anything hanging on the walls—a great place for a first date! 4 cask ale hand pumps, lagers, sours, trappist ales and more to make any beer snob happy.
Cadillac Lounge 1296 Queen St. W.
A retro and chill Parkdale spot. Huge patio for summer meet ups with good friends. Live music and karaoke nights are a bonus! Complete with a good selection of beers to keep the party going all night.
The Only Café | 972 Danforth Ave.
Bohemian vibe with live music and sweet patio. A stellar ambiance, especially if you’re into that laid back, beer-and-a-board-game vibe to end off a tiring week. Plus, nab a load of local Ontario beers!
Pour Boy | 583 College St. & 666 Manning
Eclectic and intimate. Equipped with a patio, two floors (at the manning location) and friendly staff. You’ll appreciate their budget-friendly beers to make your wallet happy.
Antler Room | 146 Front St. W.
Your traditional pub grub spot with less of a crowd than Loose Moose (located just above the Antler Room). It’s THE spot to grab a cold Rhinestone Cowboy after a Jays Game and chat with friendly strangers over sports.
Handlebar | 159 Augusta Ave.
Live music, dive-y sort of feel. Reads: a good place to go to impress your hipster friends. A fun crowd will definitely keep you coming back.
Thirsty & Miserable | 197 Baldwin St.
In the heart of Kensington is a divey spot equipped with a quality tap list. While it may look sketchy to outsiders, it’s a spot with the coolest staff and friendliest
crowd you’ll ever meet. And to the music nerds out there, yes it’s named after that Black Flag song.
The Commodore | 1265 Queen St. W
Cozy and clean. This nautical themed spot in Parkdale offers exceptional ambiance for your next get together with the crew.
Like this list? Let us know your favourite bars in the comments below, and see part one here!