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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Toronto Pub Crawl - Toronto East

We have it pretty good here in Toronto. What I mean by that is that we have a number of terrific drinking establishments throughout the city that are easily accessible by foot or by TTC, and pub crawls are starting to become more and more frequent; sometimes a weekly occurrence.  So I thought I'd put together a list of pub crawls throughout the city that I myself have taken the time to explore.  It's a good way to get out of the house, enjoy the city, learn about the city, and meet interesting people along the way.

Criteria for making this list: Five pubs per location - good beer menu, either locally produced craft beer or good imports, at least something decent to drink - easily accessible by foot or by TTC - and absolutely no Firkins, Fiddles, or Mahones (with the exception of two Fab Concept Pubs).

I will post one list a day for the next six days. It is by no means a comprehensive list and doesn't go into much detail about each location.  At the conclusion of the postings if you aren't happy with the list make your own and submit it through email for me to post.

So here we go strutting door to door down the Danforth; to drinking in Leslieville and Corktown; hanging out downtown; seeing the sights of Yonge street; and places everywhere in between.

Part 1 - Toronto East:
Starting in the Upper Beaches (I'm not a fan of the Beach) at the historic Feather's Pub on Kingston Road just west of Victoria Park, and home to hundreds of Single Malts and a good offering of local craft beer. Hop on the #22 bus and head south-west to Murphy's Law. Grab a pint of or two of Mill Street and enjoy it up on the awesome rooftop patio which offers an unobstructed view of Woodbine Park.

Head back downstairs and out to Queen Street and make the 12 minute walk to the Ceili Cottage, one of Toronto's newest establishments serving real ale, which is produced by Bruce Halstead at County Durham. Plan to have more than one pint at this Leslieville local as the Cottage hits almost every note of that picture of a 'perfect pub'. I don't think I've ever had less than two in one sitting. Back out to Queen Street and onto the 501 streetcar.

Head over the Don River bridge and yank the stop cord at Sumach, where the Dominion on Queen awaits. Sit at the old bar, look at all the photographs that hang from the storied walls and choose from a number of Ontario produced craft beers from the draught menu. Jump back on the 501 and head to Parliament.

Get off and head south on Parliament by foot for about 10 minutes until you reach the Distillery District, where you'll find the Mill Street Brewpub of course. Five of the regular bottled beers are available on draught, and they're joined by eight other Mill Street products, some of which have won golds at various Canadian Brewing Awards.

*Feather's Pub - 962 Kingston Road Toronto
*Murphy's Law - 1702 Queen St. E
*Ceili Cottage - 1301 Queen St. E
*Dominion on Queen - 500 Queen St. E
*Mill Street Brewpub - 55 Mill Street

Substitute pub - The Roy Public House

Tomorrow - The Danforth


Teena in Toronto said...

Thanks for the suggestions!

We've been hearing good things about the Ceili Cottage.

Kirk said...

Nice. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the crawls.

sstackho said...

Nice idea, Troy. Strange that I have never yet been to the Dominion!

Looking forward to tomorrow's crawl even closer to home.

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