The Beer Drinkers’ Guide to Toronto’s East End

The best breweries, pubs, and beer selections in the east end

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. Heck, one can’t go far in this city without knowing at least one person who brews their own beer. 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

Left Field Brewery

Location: 36 Wagstaff Drive

Starting out as a married couple’s hobby, Left Field Brewery prides themselves on the simple philosophy that great beer is about great taste and good times. This is why they run various events that range from euchre tournaments to Sunday morning yoga in the brewery, followed by a cold beer of course.

 

Rorschach Brewing Co.

Location: 1001 Eastern Ave

With much anticipation, Rorschach Brewing Company opened their doors earlier this year in March. They successfully renovated a century old home in to one of Toronto’s coolest breweries with one of the best patios in the city, surrounded by trees and fitting over 100 people.

 

Eastbound Brewing Co.

Location: 700 Queen St E

With $2 oysters on Sundays and $5 oysters on Tuesdays, Eastbound Brewing Company is sure standing out in the local brewery scene. Although their own beers won’t be ready until later this summer, they’re serving some of their local favourites from around the city for the time being.

 

Godspeed Brewery

Location: 242 Coxwell Ave

With their grand opening this past Canada Day, Godspeed Brewery is officially Toronto’s newest brewery. They currently have three different beers available in their retail store as well as the restaurant/pub that will be opening soon.

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Muddy York Brewing Co.

Location: 22 Cranfield Rd

Inspired by the real Muddy York back in 1793, Muddy York Brewing Company takes pride in celebrating the, “culmination of beers’ long and vibrant history.” Founder Jeff Manol opened the brewery in 2013 after winning multiple awards for his home brews, and is the creator of the blog Hoptomology.

 

Brew Pubs

Mill Street Brew Pub

Location: 21 Tank House Lane

Located in the beloved Distillery District, Mill Street Brewery was East Toronto’s first commercial micro-brewery to open in more than 100 years.

 

Louis Cifer Brew Works

Location: 417 Danforth Ave

Louis Cifer Brew Works is out on The Danny serving six of their own craft brews and many local favourites. They also host free movie nights where they play classics like Toy Story and The Neverending Story.

 

Radical Road Brewing Co.

Location: 1177 Queen St E, Toronto

In the heart of Leslieville is Radical Road Brewing Company, serving eight of their own craft beers and a unique menu that ranges from Caribbean curried vegetable roti to spicy pan fried squid.

 

Bars with Great Selection

Castro’s Lounge

Location: 2116 Queen St E

Opened until 2 a.m. every day of the year, Castro’s Lounge is the place to be for music lovers. Not to mention they have four cask handpumps, eight draught taps and 110 bottles and cans.

 

Stout

Location: 221 Carlton St

Trivia nights two days of the week and a range of board games to choose from will go perfect with their great selection of craft beer.

 

The Only Cafe

Location: 972 Danforth Ave

The Only Cafe isn’t your typical cafe, unless your typical cafe has 25 rotating craft beers and a pinball machine.

 

Eulalie’s Corner Store

Location: 1438 Gerrard St E

Not the kind of a corner store to get 10 cent candies, Eulglie’s Corner Store has beers, a wicked patio, and something called Sean’s Super Nachos.

 

Prohibition Gastrohouse

Location: 696 Queen St E

Prohibition Gastrohouse bring in the best-rated draughts from around the world so you can enjoy them in good ol’ Toronto, Canada.

 

The Wren

Location: 1382 Danforth Ave

The Wren has 12 draught taps focused on Ontario microbreweries that they rotate weekly, as well as well as southern style food menu that has delicious items like a pulled pork chimichanga and a glass noodle sandwich.

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The Dylan Bar

Location: 1276 Danforth Ave, Toronto

The Dylan Bar, inspired by the poet Dylan Thomas, has 16 beers on tap and a ton of bottles from across North America. They live by Dylan Thomas’ quote, “Do not go gentle into that good night.”

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The Ceili Cottage

Location: 1301 Queen St E

The word céilí (pronounced kay-lee) is an Irish word for a social get-together of music, song and dance. The Ceili Cottage gives you that to their huge patio with their cold beers and famous oysters.

 

Stratengers

Location: 1130 Queen St E

Over 10 beers on tap, Stratengers is your family friendly hangout spot with a huge patio. The whole building is a bright purple, there is no way you could miss it.

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Pinkerton’s Snack Bar

Location: 1026 Gerrard St E

Just over a year old, the Pinkerton Snack Bar is your classic late night Neighbourhood snack bar for all those night time cravings.


 
Feature photo courtesy Bellwoods Brewery via Facebook.