Whether you’re a fan of unique bottles imported from Europe, cask-conditioned ales, or locally fermented batch brews, these bars will certainly have something for you and your beer-snob friends to enjoy.
We’ve curated a list of some exceptional Toronto bars offering a plethora of hoppy, crisp and intoxicating beers to enjoy. The only conundrum? Having to choose what to drink next. Cheers to that!
The Dylan Bar | 1276 Danforth Ave.
Dylan Thomas (the bar’s namesake) was known not only for his poetry, but also for his love of a good drink while frequenting some of Manhattan’s greatest cocktail bars in the 50’s. The poet inspired Lennon and McCartney to write music and some say was the inspiration for Bob Dylan’s stage name (originally born Robert Zimmerman).
Expect 16 draughts of craft cider and casks, 26 bottles and 39 tall boys at The Dylan Bar on the Danforth.
Bar Hop | 391 King St W.
With 36 draught beers, 88 bottles and 130 spirits, Bar Hop on King West offers an incredibly impressive selection to choose from. The popular craft beer spot also opened a second location on Peter St. in 2015.
Expect local craft beers, rotating cask-ales, seasonal brews and more. Not to mention delicious pub food by Head chef Mark Cutrara and Sous chef Tara Lee. No need to “bar hop” after hitting up this spot, you have everything you would ever want right here.
Bier Markt | 600 King St. W.
With over 150 brands of beer from 30 countries and three groups of ever-changing taps always on rotation, Bier Markt’s selection will boggle your mind. Experience fresh Ontario seasonal craft or a rich and full bodied International beer of your choosing. Their seasonal selection makes for a great excuse to return all year round.
C’est What | 67 Front St. E.
33 draught beers, 19 beer/cider bottles and eight cask-ales of deliciously un-diluted, single batch beers brewed to perfection. Say What?!
The uber-Canadian and appropriately named Front Street establishment is a bar that appreciates the Great North by serving our very own aromatic wonders. Definitely makes us proud to be Canadian, eh?
The Rhino | 1249 Queen St. W.
For great bars, Parkdale is king. Take The Rhino, for example. They serve up a selection of 268 bottles and cans — everything from grainy and rich to autumnal and creamy from all over the world! Plus an additional 22 draughts to keep you well hydrated, all weekend long!
Try one of many of their Ontario local craft beers or have your hand at their Rhino Special Lager, a popular draft for only $5.50!
WVRST | 609 King St. W.
With 600-plus bottles/cans of beers and ciders, 24 ever-changing taps and six craft cider taps, WRVST may very well be one of the BEST spots for a massive selection of brews. Their beers are stored at optimal temperatures and poured in a glass suited to each beer’s unique character. Talk about quality control.
The Craft Brasserie | 107 Atlantic Avenue
With 120 craft brews on tap (over 80 from Ontario), Craft Brasserie offers the widest draft selection in the city. Using Canada-grown produce and locally farmed meat, they pair their extensive beverage options with an eclectic spin on bar grub, offering adobo-inspired fare alongside gourmet burgers and asada fries.
The Only Cafe | 972 Danforth Ave.
If you’re living closer to the east end, The Only Cafe is a great spot for a large selection of delicious casks, beers and ciders on tap — 25 choices to be exact! Offering up Canadian favourites like Dieu du Ciel!, Left Field, Great Lakes and more.
Castro’s Lounge | 2116 Queen St. E.
This spot in the Beaches offers up 84 bottles of carefully selected local and US beers, as well as a few international beers to wet your whistle.
Animal lovers and herbivores rejoice! Castro’s lounge offers a 100 per cent vegetarian menu with vegan and gluten-free options. A great spot to impress your vegetarian partner, that’s for sure.
Tallboys | 838 Bloor Street West.
This bar on Bloor Street lives up to its name with an impressive selection of 48 different, (yet equally delectable) tallboys. Try golden wheat ales, IPAs, pilsners and more at this craft beer house. A cozy spot to enjoy a tallboy with a $4 taco on Tuesdays.
Get Well | 1181 Dundas St. W.
If you like beer and arcade games, this bar is for you. 88 bottles and cans to choose from and a list of 13 fresh and delicious draughts. Plus have your hand at some Dolly Parton pinball, Frogger or some classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle games with their incredible arcade selection at the back.
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