As the largest city and the provincial capital of Ontario, Toronto is an an exciting and diverse location in Canada.
Toronto boasts one of the most diverse populations with more than 1000 languages and dialects spoken, almost all of the major cultural groups through the world are represented here.
Enjoy a day exploring the plethora of neighborhoods in this city to see what each has to offer. The Old City of Toronto encompasses downtown with old neighborhoods to the north, east and west of the city center. Each has its own distinct feeling with restaurants, museums, arts and culture.
There are also a variety of pubs in Toronto that offer a unique experience of local flavors. Stop in any of these and you’ll be welcomed by Toronto natives to pull up a stool, sip a beer and relax.
The Only Cafe
Even though it’s called a cafe, you’ll get more than coffee and espresso at The Only Cafe. This unassuming spot is known for its laid-back atmosphere and casual approach. The Only Cafe serves up half and full pints of ice cold beer as well as some interesting local microbrews. It has more than a dozen beers on tap and 100 bottles to choose from, so you’re sure to find something you enjoy here.
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The Queen & Beaver Public House
Resembling a traditional English pub, The Queen and Beaver is perfect for a classy bar experience at one of its two bars. Serving up classic British food offerings made from scratch as well as a large selection of beers, The Queen and Beaver is a great place to stop for dinner or catch a sporting event. Dark wood, fireplaces and plush carpets create a cozy, welcoming feel that invites you to linger over a pint while discussing your latest Toronto adventures.
Address: 35 Elm St, Toronto, ON M5G 1H1, Canada
Phone: +1 647-347-2712
Hours: Monday - Friday 11:30 am - 1:00 am; Saturday 10:00 am - 1:00 am; Sunday 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Reviews & Directions: The Queen & Beaver Public House
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The Ceili Cottage
Ceili is the Irish word for a social gathering with music, dance, food and drink, and that’s just what you’ll find at The Ceili Cottage. Come for some craic (Gaelic for fun) and Irish-Canadian hospitality. While you sip a pint or enjoy a meal, listen to the music flowing through the space from the piano, fiddle and flute. In the summer, enjoy the weather on the patio open seven nights a week. The Ceili Cottage is a great place to get to know some of the locals and learn more about Toronto over a beer.
Address: 1301 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L 1C2, Canada
Phone: +1 416-406-1301
Hours: Monday - Thursday 5:00 pm - 12:00 am; Friday 5:00 pm - 2:00 am; Saturday 12:00 pm - 2:00 am; Sunday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Reviews & Directions: The Ceili Cottage
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House on Parliament
As its name suggests, House of Parliament can be found on Parliament Street and remains a local favourite. This bar features all the makings of a classic hangout: laid back charm, a solid beer list and a tasty menu that can all be enjoyed any night of the week. Friendly staff members can answer any questions you might have and make suggestions on the best offerings. The menu features a mix of standard and non-traditional pub grub mixing burgers with crostinis and vegetarian options on the menu.
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Scotch lovers will rejoice in spending some time at The Caledonian, a Scottish pub known for featuring 140 single malt scotches as well as a variety of blends. Enjoy a scotch neat or on the rocks alone or with any of the traditional Scottish fare on the menu. The food here is made from local products but stays true to the Scottish heritage. Warm welcomes and generous hospitality greet you and usher you to the bar. A cozy patio located in the back of the bar is a favorite hangout for patrons of The Caledonian.
Address: 856 College St, Toronto, ON M6H 1A1, Canada
Phone: +1 647-547-9827
Hours: Monday - Wednesday 3:00 pm - 1:00 am ; Thursday - Saturday 3:00 pm - 3:00 am; Sunday 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Reviews & Directions: The Caledonian
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One of Toronto’s newer pubs, Bar Hop does not disappoint. It’s already established itself as a go-to location for craft beer sampling. The bar also offers a variety of specials like Tuesday’s “buck-a-shuck” oysters. Beer lovers can peruse the seven page beer menu with 25 brews on tap, and the staff is more than happy to help you make a selection.
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