Brew Hoo! With so many great beer bars to choose from how will you ever decide where to drink? We’ve narrowed it down to the 10 spots that are perfect to sit and enjoy a frosty cold one. Remember, drink responsibly!
Tell us who you think we missed in the comments below.
The Only Café
Don’t let the name fool you! This East end spot is home to 24 taps and a rotating cask (right now sample the Kensington Augusta Ale SH or The Junction Cask Stationmaker’s Stout on nitro). Visit their website for a full up-to-date list of brews and live music listings.
One of the city’s original craft beer providers, the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood bar is proudly known as “Toronto’s Local”. Serving up over 40 craft beers on tap and 8 on cask, their innovative beer repertoire includes the cleverly named Big Butt Smoked Dark Ale and Mother Puckers’ Ginger Wheat.
Located in the unlikely King West theatre district, this Beer Bar is legit. Offering 36 craft beers on tap with rotating selections plus 2 rotating casks options. If you prefer your beer in a sealed vessel there are 100 choices in bottles and cans. Grab a $5 Ontario Brew on Monday nights.
Be prepared to wait in line most weekend nights to squeeze into this Ossington neighbourhood brewery. Visit post-brunch on Sunday afternoons to keep the buzz going with their brand spanking new Jazz, Swing and Jump blues live music afternoon. The infrared heated patio is strung up with pretty white lights and is good to go all winter long. Oh, and they have loads of beer on tap as well as a Bottle Shop (open till 11 pm).
The family run bar recently celebrated 25 years at 587 Yonge Street. The former Italian restaurant has transformed itself into one hell of a beer lover’s dream. Offering 30 rotating regional craft beers on tap, 6 rotating regional beers on cask and over 75 carefully selected international beer bottles that pair wonderfully with salty chacuterie boards.
If you prefer sipping beer in a fancier location, try out the financial district bistro’s 150 bottle and 20-tap selection. Confused on what to order? Use their mood-coded menu to decide whether you’re feeling Bold, Sociable or Crisp!
Yes, they have been serving craft beer and great food in the Annex for 15 years now. Their website also promises cask ales and a relaxing atmosphere. The chef at the Vic created the menu especially with a focus on tasty craft beers and community in mind. Meet on Markham Street for some pints of Great Lake The Devil Made Me Do It and locally sourced fish and chips.
The Indie Alehouse
According to their Instagram, the Junction area craft brewery isn’t serving anything but full flavoured ales and “if you saw it on TV, we don’t have it”. Fiercely independent and local, be sure to try their Wit’ner Toque Winter Wit or braver souls might like the Cockpuncher Imperial IPA. Become a Growler Club Member and receive perks at their on-site Beer Store where they bottle up their freshest brews to enjoy at home.
Mill Street Brew Pub
Try the Mill Street tasting tour and learn the history behind the 100-year-old establishment: $10 = 4 beer flight (tutored tasting) + a bottle opener and a souvenir pint glass (that you didn’t steal!). When you’re done tasting and touring, the Beer Hall invites you to #tapthatcask every Thursday night as you groove to live music and drink even more beer.
Queen West gets a shout out with this two floored restaurant, bar and party space. Offering a rotating selection of craft beer and cider, opt for a Neustadt Sour Raspberry Lager or keep it simple with a Beau’s All Natural. Bonus: The kitchen is open ‘till 2 am daily.