The Beer Drinkers’ Guide to Downtown Toronto

The best breweries, pubs, and beer selections in the downtown core

Beer is of the masses in Toronto. No matter where you go, no matter where you turn, you will either run into a brewery or a craft beer hot spot. We’re lucky this way — the beer possibilities are endless.

In case you didn’t know just how much beer is in this city, we’ve put together a beer drinkers’ guide to Toronto. Check it out below.
 

Breweries

Mascot Brewery

Location: 31 Mercer St

In the heart of downtown Toronto sits Mascot Brewery, an intimate dining experience joined by a rooftop beer garden. They have managed to make you feel like you’re out on a field, maybe like a festival, with astroturf, big umbrellas, and a food truck on the roof.

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Batch

Location: 75 Victoria St

In 1987, in the little town of Creemore, a small brewery dedicated themselves to big taste and the time-honoured tradition of European brewing. With the idea of bringing their great taste to Toronto, they opened Batch, now brewing and serving your favourite Creemore brews right here in the city.

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Steam Whistle Brewing

Location: 255 Bremner Blvd

If you’re ever feeling like learning about beer while sipping on some too, Steam Whistle Brewing has tours and tasting running every half hour, seven days a week. Right across from the Rogers centre, it’s the perfect place to kill some time before a Jays game.

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Brew Pubs

3 Brewers

Location: 120 Adelaide St W

With now three locations downtown Toronto, 3 Brewers is the smartest choice to have your beer perfectly match up with your food. Their menu will actually tell you which of their pints will compliment your meal the best. They also have a delicious warm pretzel on the menu that will let alone keep you coming back.

 

Amsterdam Brewhouse

Location: 245 Queens Quay W

Not only does Amsterdam Brewery have delicious craft beers, this location also sits right on the water making it one of the best patios in the city. They also have an impressive list of non-meat options, most importantly their buffalo cauliflower as it’s an absolute delight.


 

Bars with Great Selection

Wide Open

Location: 139A Spadina Ave

Despite the name, Wide Open is actually pretty small. Don’t worry though, the drink specials are HUGE.

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Ces’t What?

Location: 67 Front St E

Located in the cellar of a historic 19th century building in the St. Lawrence Market area, Ces’t What is a veteran of Toronto craft brewing. Just over 26 years old, they pour forty-four craft beers, including seven of their own and eight casks.

 

Thirsty and Miserable

Location: 197 Baldwin St

One of the best bar names out there, it truly describes how we all feel after a long day of work. Serving mostly local craft beers and a few imports, it is said to be the “ultimate dive bar.”

 

WVRST

Location: 609 King St W

With currently 25 different sausages on the menu, and loads of craft beer, it’s recommended you go on an empty stomach.

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Duke’s Refresher

Location: 382 Yonge St

On tap there are 40 beers available ranging from local craft to classic imports. For the regulars, there is the Einstein Club that gets you a personalized 24oz stein and discounts on refills for the year.

 

Town Crier

Location: 115 John St

Curating its 50 taps to showcase mostly Belgian and German offerings, Toronto’s Town Crier brings you on a European vacation right in the heart of downtown.

 
Feature photo courtesy Batch via Facebook.