Avling, the east end’s pastel-hued brewery on Queen Street is more than just a pretty face. The sustainable brewpub’s top tier-talent, assembled by founder Max Meighen, includes head chef Suzanne Barr (previously the chef and owner of Toronto’s beloved Saturday Dinette), head brewer Brandon Judd, who comes by way of Godspeed Brewery, and head butcher
Bar Volo was one of Toronto’s first craft beer bars and has made a name for itself among the city’s ale aficionados. Opened in 1985, this bar was once an Italian restaurant. After relocating and opening a sister location, this bar is considered a stalwart amongst Toronto’s beer-loving community. Located at Yonge and Wellesly, Bar
Bellwoods Brewery is a Toronto favourite for many reasons. First and foremost are the brewery’s beers: Each one is brewed locally, given its own name and an accompanying poster with original artwork, which really shows how committed owners Mike Clark and Luke Pestl are to creating an unmatched bar and beer experience. For example, their
Billy and Anne Madden founded Black Lab Brewing in 2018 with the vision of producing quality beers they would be proud to serve to family and friends. Black Lab currently runs both a bottle shop as well as a tap room, both of which feature a revolving list of beers. No food is served but
After existing as a dry neighbourhood for decades, the Junction now has two craft breweries: Indie Alehouse and Junction Craft Brewing, the latter of which recently opened a new tasting bar, retail outlet and brewery space on Cawthra Avenue. That’s a lot of craft breweries, given that all of Toronto has fewer than a dozen.
Toronto’s latest microbrewery is officially launching its first beer this Friday. Kensington Brewing Company (KBCo), the first microbrewery to hit downtown’s historic open-air market, will start by selling its flagship brew, Augusta Ale, at Burger Bar. Brock Shepherd, who heads up both the brewing company and Burger Bar, plans to spread KBCo’s beer to local watering holes, and if all goes well, to a much broader market.
Brew house and gastropub, Louis Cifer is the Danforth’s all-in-one eatery. Opened by the team behind Cabbagetown’s, Stout Irish Pub, Louis Cifer is your one-stop shop for good grub and even better brews. This local craft brewery is whipping up some wicked pub fare along with some upscale pub food that’s way beyond your classic
Located just beside Scotiabank Arena, Real Sports offers sports, entertainment and music fans two distinct spaces to choose from. The first is Arena, considered a sports haven to its legions of loyal fans and features the city’s largest screen, as well as a DJ booth and a massive 100-foot bar. Calling it the best place
Steam Whistle Brewing is right in the heart of the city. In fact, it’s so close to the Rogers Centre that even I (given favourable wind conditions and a few swings) could knock a baseball from the dome and hit the Roundhouse. The best time to drink Toronto’s own Czech-style pilsner is when it’s at
In 2018, Longslice Brewery and The Docks Ellis Sports Bar teamed up to create Toronto’s go-to gathering place in the community. Called The Aviary in homage to Toronto’s Canary District — named for the famed Canary Restaurant which opened in the 1960s and closed in 2007, the sports bar is housed in a historic building
In Toronto’s Leslieville neighbourhood, you’ll find The Queens Head, serving up a wide selection of classic pub dishes alongside international eats including Thai and Indian. About nine TVs and even a wide screen projector show NFL, NBA and soccer events, it’s an ideal place to get your sports fix. Featuring an impressive international selection of