Toronto pubs are the focal point of any community. Yes, you read that correctly. It's high time you select your regular watering hole that serves haggis and hosts a Scottish band once a week. Skip scrolling through an unreasonably long directory, below is a voted selection of the top pubs in Toronto.
Located on King Street just West of Spadina, we're your traditional English Pub right in the heart of King West's Entertainment District. We're perfect for after work drinks, a delicious meal and of course, we've got two large floors, private rooms available and a large patio ready to help you host any event!
Compared to other establishments in the area, we do not charge cover! With a great menu with fresh daily food and drink specials, monthly promotions, live bands, contests and giveaways, we're always up to something!
The Irish are known for bringing many wonderful gifts to the Western World, such as great beers, tasty whiskey’s, wonderful music, Irish cuisine and now Brazen Head. We welcome you to our Irish pub located in the heart of Liberty Village. It is where you can enjoy delicious traditional Irish dishes, friendly service and a warm barstool.
C'est What Brew/Vin Pub Restaurant, Toronto’s true local flavour in craft beer and comfort food since 1988. Located in the cellar of a historic century old building in the St. Lawrence Market area, C’est What has an Old Town charm that appeals to Bohemians and Bay St. bankers alike.
Other diversions include board games, pool tables, and fireplaces. C'est What is also the home of an Internet radio station, whatsnext.ca, which streams indie-centric recorded music and all shows from the performance space.
Grace O'Malley's the story of Grainne Ni Mhaille, or Granuaile (Anglicized as Grace O'Malley, Grany Malley), reads like the most brazen and unlikely sort of adventure fiction, but there’s history as well as myth in the legend of the Irish noblewoman who led a band of 200 sea-raiders from the coast of Galway in the sixteenth century. Twice widowed, twice imprisoned, fighting her enemies both Irish and English for her rights, condemned for piracy, and finally pardoned in London by Queen Elizibeth herself, Grainne was one of the few sea-raiders to retire from the sea and die in her own bed, though where she’s buried remains a mystery.
Whether you're meeting old friends or looking for someone new; or you have a small business meeting or a large group event, The Madison or The Maddy as regulars call it, is the place for you.
We have 6 different floors to choose from depending on your mood. Come and dance with the DJ on Thursday; come for a sing along in the piano bar on Thursday to Saturday; come and watch The Leafs games on our big screens in Madigan's; or just come and relax with friends on one of our 5 levels of patios, summer or winter.
Public houses are always there for you at the end of the workday with an extensive beer menu and a laidback attitude. It doesn't matter if the establishment is rough around the edges because that's what gives it character. And trust us, you want character. You want a tavern that provides a welcoming environment to unload the day's current events over a cold pint. Nowhere better to do so than at a pub.
And Toronto has more than enough of the traditional and nontraditional pubs with frosted windows to make your selection just a little more difficult. However, our editors take the time to approve every place that creates a profile on BLC and in turn highlights the top most popular places voted by you. No one has time to sift through hundreds of Toronto pubs, there's drinking and socializing to be done instead.
Now, lets discuss the massive movement that’s starting to catch fire in Toronto. Brewery pubs may not have the same feel as traditional public houses and even though they've been established around the world for hundreds of years, they're gaining traction in the city and fast. Is it surprising? Taking a tour of the brewing process while sipping a draft beer and capping it off with a meal at the pub is the equivalent to the Leafs winning a home game (but not actually).
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The British-style pub (or public house) has been around for centuries. This makes it the longest running of any eating, drinking and entertainment type establishment in the Western Hemisphere.
For over two decades the Fox and Fiddle management team have positioned their pubs at the forefront of popular trends, while maintaining the essence of the traditional British style pub theme.
Today, the expanded Fox and Fiddle chain of restaurants offers a perfect mix of high quality food and meal preparation, great entertainment, bar games and friendly fun.
What of the future? The vision for the Fox and Fiddle includes continued franchise development across Canada and into the United States.
In a time in Northern France where trucks and commercial transportation were not yet a part of daily life, the process of brewing beer was a very different one than it is today. In small villages across Europe, it was the local brewer that filled the vessels of pubs and cafés with beer made from his own closely guarded recipes. With the advent of industrialization, however, local breweries all but disappeared, bringing to an end the era of the authentic microbrewery. Twenty years ago, a family of brewers decided to revive the traditions of the past that were deeply rooted in three generations of their family – thus the name The 3 Brewers – “three” for three generations of brewing tradition. The 3 Brewers opened its very first microbrewery restaurant in Place de la Gare à Lille in 1986. Since then operations have expanded to 28 locations in France as well as several restaurants in other parts of the world including Quebec and soon Ontario.
The Bar Hop is a craft beer bar that offers 38 taps with rotating choices, one off brews and seasonal selections. In bottle we have close to 100 options including harder to find and private orders. This is complemented by a full bar including a healthy selection of choice brands of Tequila, Bourbon, & Single Malt Scotch. Our food complements the beverages well with homemade style dishes of upscale pub fare. Wrap this into a comfortable environment with knowledgeable and friendly staff for a casual evening in the downtown entertainment district of Toronto.
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