Toronto and craft beer have had a lovely and delicious long-term relationship for many solid years now. From standouts like Great Lakes to Amsterdam to Flying Monkeys, the Toronto area has some great craft brewing companies and it only makes sense that Toronto bars and pubs are pouring the flavourful stuff.
If you’ve been a seek-and-find beer guzzler, sniffing out the great purveyors of craft beer, then you know the options are increasing. Toronto craft beer bars upstarting more frequently means better beer varieties, a better beer buzz and a better time had by all.
If you live in Toronto, there are more than enough great craft beer places to combat the taste of typical bland, boring beer. Share this list around to make sure your fellow beer comrades go into the fray knowing about the top craft beer bars in Toronto to get a cold craft beer that’s worth fighting for.
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Usually on the tip of a lot of beer loving tongues when you ask their favourite craft beer place, BarVolo is certainly there for good reason. For starters there’s the 30 rotating, alphabetized draught taps featuring regional craft selections and BarVolo also brews their own craft ales in house. They have six rotating, regional casks accompanying the taps and if that isn't enough, they serve over 75 international bottles. With a stock this large and updates happening daily, there is no shortage of quantity or quality to choose from. Grab a table and enjoy some of their appetizers, boards or sandwiches from their delectable bar menu, served daily until midnight. Get a bite, enjoy a pint and leave a note in the drawers of Table 7.
Located in Downtown Toronto, this King West bar offers the best of craft beer and pub food combined. Serving cold brew from 36 taps, two rotating casks and close to 100 bottles, Bar Hop gives craft beer seekers plenty to be happy about. Their serving lists are updated daily and they even provide gluten free beer alongside a small selection of ciders. The upscale pub menu runs from snacks and apps to meals and desserts, including plenty of veggie options. They have Mussel Mondays and Oyster Tuesdays, while their Session Sundays feature $5 pints on certain Ontario craft brews. There’s nothing wrong with affordable food and drinks, especially when they’re at this calibre.
Sometimes a great tasting beer can bring about feelings of nostalgia, like sitting on a cottage dock in summer or next to a fireplace during the holidays, but sometimes that nostalgia needs something more to be ignited. Something like Space Invaders. Get Well is one of the newer additions to the craft beer bar collection, but this Dundas-located joint is quickly climbing the ranks. With an interior mix between dive and retro, it’s the old-school arcade games like Space Invaders and Pacman (playable for free, I might add) that give it that little extra flair. Serving lots of local Ontario craft with a rotating cask selection, this is a spot where great beer and good company collide. Plus, who can really resist attempting to set a new high score?
There are few places that do beer and cuisine like the Beerbistro. This restaurant offers fancy yet affordable dishes across brunch, lunch and dinner menus and suggests beer pairings with every single one. Whether you’re ordering the $7 onion soup or the $24 steak frites, Beerbistro has a specially selected beer pairing to help wash it down. And why wouldn’t they? With almost 20 taps and a bottle selection of around 100 varieties, Beerbistro knows what they’re about. They have a rotating tap from famed brewpub Dieu Du Ciel, as well as a Beer of the Moment. If you’re looking to have a beer that isn't just good on its own but makes a whole meal better, Beerbistro is the spot for you.
Carrying over 70 types of Ontario craft beer, Tallboys just might have Toronto’s largest selection of craft beer. In fact, it’s all they serve. Still in its relative youth, Tallboys exclusively serves craft beer varieties from around Ontario. They couple these with fresh, handmade craft food, giving proper imbibers the best types of beer foods to go with the best types of beer. Serving dark, amber, blonde, bitter, IPA and more, Tallboys knows how to quench an eclectic thirst. Their falafel burgers, beer-battered fish tacos and classic nachos will help fill the hunger void between beer. Special events include hockey nights and movie trivia with the occasional comedy set tossed into the mix.
Staking their claim first and foremost as a terrific Toronto brewery, Bellwoods in Ossington doubles as a great spot for a bite to eat and a patio hangout in the summer. With just 70 seats inside and 44 outside, it tends to fill up fast. The small menu offers apps, boards, a salad and a few main dishes. They keep it simple, but still cater to everyone. Besides, if you’re coming to a brewery you’re coming for the beer. Bellwoods routinely updates their list of what’s on tap, offering seven of their own brews and three guest taps. It all sounds small and select, but great things come from little packages: their beer selection is loved enough that they sell it in 500ml bottles to go, anywhere from $4-8.
Sticking it out as a Parkdale bar for over twenty years is The Rhino, a spacious and classic-style pub with 24 craft beer on tap. They have rotating draught selections that are changing to offer new styles and tastes from the beer community, but they like to zone in on the Ontario craft flavours. In addition, they pour cask ales and serve 300 other bottled varieties from all over the world. There are pool tables in the back and plenty of seating available if you want to take advantage of their classic pub and grill menu. If it’s your inaugural visit: try a pint of the house brew Rhino, you won’t be disappointed.
Labelling themselves as Toronto’s “local” spot, this bar and restaurant has been serving up great beer and food since 1988. Located in the cellar of a 19th century structure in St. Lawrence Market, C’est What has got a lot of charm embedded inside. With 42 draughts on tap and eight pouring from traditional casks, they serve up the best the local area has to offer. Their full-size menu runs from simple apps to full entrees, all reasonably priced and diverse, from calamari to roti to lamb. Alongside the great beer and food menu options, C’est What has pool tables, board games and even their own internet radio station which streams all their live shows.
This College Street den fits its name perfectly. Small, dark and with an entrance you might miss altogether unless you were looking for it, the Cloak & Dagger makes up for its smaller space with its great beer selection and wonderful staff. Serving up mostly local craft beer on their taps, the staff is willing to help you out with whatever you’re after, including a perhaps more obscure choice. In the warmer months, the back patio opens the place up and offers a handful of cask varieties to shake things up. Live music is frequent and food specials as well. Don’t expect a large menu but what they do they do well, like the All You Can Eat tacos or annual Lobsterfest dishes.
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