Food & Drink

The 16 best beer bars in Toronto

Published On 07/23/2014 Published On 07/23/2014
DUKE’S REFRESHER
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Bar Hop
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Bier Markt
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Granite Brewery
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Real Sports
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1. 3030 Dundas West 3030 Dundas St West, Toronto, M6P (Junction Triangle)

The large space inside 3030 isn't just filled with board games and vintage pinball machines, it also plays host to numerous live bands. And if that's not enough to draw you in, their craft beer list changes daily and many of them are locally brewed right in Toronto.

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2. Bar Volo 587 Yonge St, Toronto, M4Y 1Z4 (The Church And Wellesley)

Bar Volo boasts the region's best selection of beer, offering more than 125 in bottles and many more on tap.

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3. Bar Hop 391 King St W, Toronto, M5V 1K1

Look no further than their 36 rotating craft ales on tap -- but if you really want to, they also have more than 100 bottles of rare and seasonal beers and sharable bar snacks.

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4. beerbistro 18 King St E, Toronto, M5C 1C4

Besides having draught flights that lets you sample a trio of beers, this Financial District bar has a list of 20 draught beers and over a hundred bottles that are broken down by characteristics, i.e. appetizing, satisfying, or robust. So even if you’re a beer novice, you’re given all the tools to become an expert in no time flat.

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5. Bellwoods Brewery 124 Ossington Ave, Toronto, M6J 2Z5

Small-batch beer and quality food have been Bellwood’s mission since opening in 2012. This craft brewery has a rotating list of taps highlighting their own creations as well as those of other local brewers which changes seasonally or according to demand. Reserve bottles, kept back from popular batches or brewed specially, are available for a higher (but worthwhile) price. The candle-lit bar setting and patio adorned with fairy lights befit its hip Ossington location, as does its long wait at peak times, but the food and the drinks are stunning. Small plates and snackable bar food keep the focus where it should be—on the beer.

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6. Bier Markt 58 The Esplanade, Toronto, M5E 1R2

With four locations, Bier Markt makes it easy to visit no matter where you are in the city. And you'll wanna visit after knowing they all feature a menu loaded with tasty meats and sandwiches, and of course, more than 150 kinds of beer.

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7. C'est What 67 Front St E, Toronto, M5E 1B5

C'est What was Toronto's first craft beer bar, and it's located in the cellar of a 19th century building in St. Lawrence. It brings the entertainment with board games, pool tables, and TVs and they have 42 craft brews (Canadian only) to choose from.

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8. Duke's Refresher + Bar 382 Yonge St, Unit 8, Toronto, M5B 1S8

With more than 40 different domestic, craft, and premium draughts that span from approachable Bud and Canadian, to smaller craft brews and one-offs, this Downtown bar is both a casual and rowdy space to take a pint, or opt for a beer flight (prices range from $1.19-$1.42 for each 3oz sample).

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9. Granite Brewery 245 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, M4P 3B7

This Toronto brewery is family run and they're known to produce some of Ontario’s best cask ale.

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10. The Only Cafe 972 Danforth Ave, Toronto, M4J 1L9 (The Danforth)

Contrary to its name, The Only Café isn’t known for coffee, but for being a well-loved, laid-back brewstitution that’s slinging more 230 bottles, 24 rotating local craft brews on tap, and a cask for good measure.

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11. Real Sports Bar & Grill 15 York St, Toronto, M5J 0A3

A haven for all things Jays, Leafs, and Raptors, this Entertainment District sports bar has you covered with classic bar bites -- such as the popular foot-long hot dog wrapped in bacon -- a 39-foot HD big screen, and over 126 draught taps. A list of cocktails is also available, but we suggest the Puck Bunny -- a mix of raspberry vodka, cassis, pomegranate juice, lemonade, and soda.

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12. Town Crier Pub 115 John St, Toronto, M5V 2E2

If the pinnacle of pleasure for you is sitting back and sipping a cold brew on a large patio (which it should be), then you should seriously consider doing it at this Entertainment District bar, which features a large selection of European beers on tap and in bottles, and a handful of Canadian options as well.

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13. Sin & Redemption 136 McCaul St, Toronto, M5T 1W2 (Kensington Market)

This Euro-pub in Kensington is known far and wide for their selection of beers from Belgium (43 of 'em!), and they all come at a relative bargain compared to other brew bars in the area.

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14. Tallboys Craft Beer House 838 Bloor St W, Toronto, M6G 1M2 (Dovercourt Park)

This Bloorcourt Village brew house carries more craft beers than anyone in the city, topping out at 70 (!). The menu features seasonals and one-offs from ales to pilsners, Weissbier, stouts, IPAs, and ciders.

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15. Victory Cafe 581 Markham St, Toronto, M6G 2L7

This cozy English-style pub boasts 15 taps focused on Ontario craft brews and cask ales, plus they have a shady 50-seat patio AND Celtic music Thursdays and live jazz Fridays.

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16. WVRST 609 King St W, Toronto, M5V 1M5 (Niagara)

Located in the Entertainment District, WVRST serves a wide variety of dogs and sausages, from traditional bratwursts to fancy kangaroo, pheasant or elk varieties, with toppings such as sautéed onions and sweet peppers. The space likens a traditional German beer hall, with wide communal tables, dim lighting, and of course, plenty of bottled, canned, and on tap beer.

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