The best pubs near Church and Wellesley

 

It’s summer in Toronto and that means it’s a great time to grab a pint at your favourite local pub. Whether you are looking to make the most of patio season, play some pool, or just hang out with friends and enjoy some good food, Greenrock wants to help make things easier. Here are some of the best pubs near Church and Wellesley (in no particular order).

 

Photo credit: The Artful Dodger Pub

Photo credit: The Artful Dodger Pub

 

Artful Dodger Pub

 

If you’re looking for a comfy tavern with a small town feel in the heart of the big city, you have to visit the Artful Dodger Pub (10 Isabella Street). They have a great selection of beer and pub fare. Enjoy your pint with some fried pickles ($5.50), potato skins ($6.00) or a Scotch Egg – a deep fried, hard-boiled egg wrapped in hot Italian sausage($6.50). The Artful Dodger is like two pubs in one. You can raise a glass to summer on the quiet back patio, or people watch on the busy front patio. When winter comes, cozy up inside by either of their 2 fireplaces. The downstairs bar is quiet and relaxing, while the bar upstairs in a little more lively. There are also 2 jukeboxes, 2 pool tables and 2 dartboards. It’s almost too much fun!

Photo credit: TorontoPubs

Photo credit: TorontoPubs

 

Duke Of Gloucester

 

Sometimes nothing but a delightful dive-bar will do. The Duke Of Gloucester (649A Yonge Street, between Church and Isabella) has a solid beer selection at reasonable prices — which can be as refreshing as the suds themselves when you’re surrounded by more expensive options. Maybe it’s not the spot to bring your mom for a Sunday brunch, but you can catch a soccer game on TV — from MLS to Premiership. Kick back on the hidden-gem that is The Duke of Gloucester’s rooftop patio. There’s a pool table and dart boards to make it even more fun, plus Pubstumpers trivia on Thursdays, and karaoke nights too!

Photo Credit: The Churchmouse

Photo Credit: The Churchmouse

 

The Churchmouse: A Firkin Pub

 

The Churchmouse: A Firkin Pub (475 Church St) is a part of the Firkin chain, but this 2 storey pub feels like a local spot. They’re known for their friendly staff and great service. They have a good selection of local and international beers including their own Butler’s Pale Ale and they always impress in the pub fare department. Try one of their daily specials or go for one of their classic meals like the Chicken Curry (Small $11 / Large $17), Steak and Chips ($22) or their Cheesy Spinach and Mushroom Baked Penne ($16). There’s also a great people-watching patio.

 

We hope you make the most of patio season at one of these amazing pubs near Church and Wellesley. Cheers!

 

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Save big at Hone Fitness!

 

Fitness is a booming business. There seems to be no limit to what you can spend on workout wear, supplements and expensive gym memberships. Getting fit and staying in shape doesn’t have to cost a fortune. If you prefer to keep it simple and affordable, you have to check out Hone Fitness (7 Isabella Street) near our Village Green rental community. The gym chain is a pioneer in the low-cost gym movement that is now gaining momentum in Toronto. We spoke with Jim, the manager of Hone Fitness, to find out how they do it.

 

Our gym offers memberships for just $10 and $20 per month. We’re able to offer memberships for such a low price point because we keep it simple — our gym has no towels and no classes.

 

Photo credit: Hone Fitness

Photo credit: Hone Fitness

 

Hone Fitness already has a few gym locations located across Toronto, with plans to open even more locations as soon as possible.

 

Hone Fitness already has a few gym locations located across Toronto, with plans to open even more locations as soon as possible.

 

Photo credit: Hone Fitness

Photo credit: Hone Fitness

 

Housed in the former home of The Yonge Street Fitness Club, the Isabella location of Hone Fitness is impressive. When you step inside, the first level features a welcoming reception area, massage chairs, tanning beds and a juice bar. On the second level you’ll find clean change rooms with lots of lockers and the gym’s cardio equipment. There are about 170 machines, all in good condition. The space itself is open and welcoming. There’s lots of natural light from the large windows overlooking Yonge Street, and charming exposed brick walls.

 

All of our equipment is brand new, and our space is gorgeous and remodeled. It’s a $100/month style gym that you can get for just $10 a month. Its not a low end gym, its beautiful.

 

Photo credit: Hone Fitness

Photo credit: Hone Fitness

 

The third floor is filled with strength training equipment. There are weight machines, benches, squat racks and plenty of free weights to use. The gym attracts trained athletes and younger people who know what they’re doing, as well as those who are still learning.

 

We get a very diverse crowd here, but the area is young, our gym reflects the neighbourhood. We offer personal training for an additional cost, but you get a one hour free chat with a trainer when you join.

 

Photo credit: Hone Fitness

Photo credit: Hone Fitness

 

That free training session is included in the basic $10/month membership plan (plus an enrollment fee and a yearly maintenance fee). The basic membership gives you access to strength and cardio equipment, and the locker rooms. The $20 premium membership gets you all that plus use of all locations, access to the Functional Training Room, tanning beds and massage chairs. There are also more flexible plans to accommodate those with commitment issues.

 

If you’re looking for short term membership options we are very flexible. You can buy a 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 month package, or a one year membership. We offer very reasonable prices for the shorter stays to accommodate students and travelers.

 

So if you want to get fit without breaking the bank in downtown Toronto, Hone Fitness is worth every penny.

 

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Check out Northern Passages at Harbourfront Centre!

 

The 2017 summer season at Habourfront Centre is a celebration of Canada’s cultural heritage. Northern Passages (July 21st to 23rd) brings together artists from the 49th parallel and beyond to celebrate the music and culture of the north. Northern Passages is part of Harbourfront’s Sounds of Home series — four distinct weekend festivals that run throughout July at Habourfront Centre.

 

As one of Canada’s leading international centres for contemporary arts and culture, Harbourfront Centre’s waterfront campus will continue to be a meeting place for artists and cultural enthusiasts seeking relevant artistic, cultural, educational, and recreational experiences. Our summer festivals bring together artists from across Canada reminding us of the multitude of voices that create our Sounds of Home.
Marah Braye, Chief Executive Officer, Harbourfront Centre

 

Northern Passages serves as a platform for artists to share their stories through a variety of musical genres and dance — from folk to throat singing. Join the journey of this arctic-bound adventure for 3 magical days this July.

 

Photo Credit: Harbourfront Centre

Photo Credit: Harbourfront Centre

Le Vent du Nord

 

Join Le Vent du Nord on Friday, July 21st from 9:30pm to 11pm. Let this “northern wind” blow your mind with their progressive Québécois folk music revival sound. This award-winning roots band consists of Nicolas Boulerice (vocals, hurdy gurdy, piano, accordion), Olivier Demers (vocals, fiddle, guitar), Simon Beaudry (vocals, guitar, Irish bouzouki) and Réjean Brunet (vocals, diatonic button accordion, acoustic bass, piano, jaw harp). They perform traditional Québec folk  music and original compositions. From rousing songs that focus on political issues and satire, to soft acapella melodies and love stories, there is something for everyone to love.

Photo Credit: Harbourfront Centre

Photo Credit: Harbourfront Centre

Sarah MacDougall

 

Yukon-based Sarah MacDougall takes the stage on Saturday, July 22nd from 7:00pm to 8:15pm. Sarah is known for her passionate performance presence, unique voice and honest and poetic folk-roots style. Spend the evening with her on the concert stage at Harbourfront centre and experience it for yourself.

Photo Credit: Harbourfront Centre

Photo Credit: Harbourfront Centre

The Jerry Cans

 

It’s hard to describe the unique sound of The Jerry Cans. A blend of Inukitut alt-country mixed with reggae and throat singing. It must be experienced. You can do just that on Saturday, July 22nd from 9:00pm to 10:15pm. The music is infused with the spirit of the contemporary North and the people who call it home. They perform many of their songs in Inukitut, the language they are passionate about preserving as the North and their community of Iqaluit evolve. Come out and feel the energy and don’t miss their interactive, all-ages Inuk language workshop earlier in the day!

Photo credit: Harbourfront Centre

Photo credit: Harbourfront Centre

Iva

 

Kathleen Ivaluarjuk Merritt, known by her stage name Iva, closes out the festival on Sunday July 23rd from 5:45pm to 7:00pm. Iva manages to mix Inuit throat-singing with Celtic-influenced folk music and poetry. How does she do it? Beautifully.

 

Arctic After Party

 

If you want the party to continue after the free shows on Saturday, get your tickets for the Arctic After Party and experience the electric, after-hours energy of the North. Featuring performances by Juno-nominated Silla + Rise, who mix throat singing with dance floor beats and DJ Classic Roots. The Thunder Bay native brings his original sound by blending electronica with First Nations songs.

 

Don’t miss Northern Passages and the Sounds of Home series at Harbourfront Centre. The words of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, sum up the experience well:

 

We have a unique opportunity to celebrate our country’s linguistic, cultural and regional diversity. I invite Torontonians and visitors to join family and friends and celebrate in this cosmopolitan city that is open to the world. Let’s all make 2017 a year to remember!

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Learn and Create at Maker Festival

Take part in a month of making, from July 6th to August 6th, at Maker Festival! This incredible festival brings together Toronto’s most creative people and projects to celebrate creativity and inspire people to help shape our world. It features over 100 events across Toronto run by creative organizations, maker spaces and studios! We spoke with Ceda Verbakel, Creative Director of Maker Festival to find out more.

 

Ceda, we’re really excited for this festival. Please tell us why Maker Festival was established.

 

Maker Festival, was established due to the growing interest around DIY, especially in the tech world. 3D printers generated a lot of that buzz because they are now  less expensive for people to buy and use, and also some electronics have become more affordable and acceptable for people as well. There’s a trend in that direction in the tech world, as well as a greater uptake of people diverting back to sort of ‘old school’ ways of making too — for example, people who are interested in woodworking and artisan crafts. Things like knitting and crochet, origami – all those kinds of things that we don’t do a lot of these days despite being activities that bring people real joy.

 

Who do you expect to attend the festival? Is Maker Festival only for adults?

 

Actually, we usually get a lot of kids. Kids are at the age where lots of making and creativity happens. We do our best to attract adults as well and there is a lot of stuff for adults, the festival is tech focused after all. There are a lot of things there that are interesting to look at and interact with as an adult. Even the drop in workshops or the other kind of things that look like they’re for kids – adults are more than welcome to participate and we encourage them to do so!

 

Photo credit: Maker Festival

Photo credit: Maker Festival

 

Sounds like a family friendly experience then! What’s the best thing about Maker Festival?

 

Our whole event is based around this idea of it being interactive and participatory. We ask that all our exhibitors and makers have some kind of interactive or participatory element to their booth. So it’s not just a market where people are selling, and it’s also not just somewhere where people passively look on at what other people are making or doing. We like people to feel like they too have agency and the ability to be creative — even if it’s in a tech sense. Because even though technology sort of feels a little bit — what’s the word? — intimidating, sometimes, everyone is really capable of taking part and shaking it up.

 

So you’re all about making connections. That’s great! Are there any must-see projects at Maker Festival this year?

 

There are a bunch of robot makers who make robots as a hobby. They’re going to be coming and building robots and battling them all weekend! So they’ll have tables where they’re making them but then they will also have a round robin battle in a kind of, robot arena. And then we’ve also got some really beautiful and awesome installations and pop-ups. We have a local Toronto artist who’s bringing her giant cardboard whale. It’s kinetic and moves like a whale! There will also be lots of great drop-in workshops that anyone can participate in. You can knit a neuron, you can solder a little raccoon pendant so it lights up with LEDs, or you can take part in a lockpicking workshop!

 

Thank you for speaking with us Ceda. We can’t wait to attend Maker Festival this month!

 

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Make your brunch dreams come true at Brownstone Bistro

 

Brownstone Bistro (603 Yonge Street), on the corner of Yonge and Gloucester, has been a fixture of the Yonge and Wellesley neighbourhood for over 20 years. The brownstone building the restaurant is housed in is a designated heritage building that dates back to 1888. The architecture gives Brownstone Bistro a ton of character and a major advantage over the other establishments in the area in terms of ambiance. If you haven’t been, you should go.

 

photo courtesy of Brownstone Bistro

photo courtesy of Brownstone Bistro

 

We asked owner and manager Kai Yu about the secret to the restaurant’s longevity and success.

 

The secret to Brownstone Bistro’s success is our continuous focus and improvement on food quality, customers satisfaction and dining environment. We love the neighborhood. It is our customers that keep on inspiring us in this industry. We love being a part of their lives and memories.

 

photo courtesy of Brownstone Bistro

photo courtesy of Brownstone Bistro

 

As soon as you step into the bistro’s elegant interior — with its exposed brick walls, black tabletops and soft lighting — you know that you are somewhere special. The restaurant is known for its Italian-inspired casual fine dining and their popular weekend brunch.

 

If you like to drink while you dine, you’ll love that Brownstone Bistro’s drink menu features a nice selection of domestic and imported beers on tap, plus cool cocktails, and wines by the glass or bottle. Make the most of the warm weather on their sunny corner patio overlooking Yonge Street. It’s a fantastic spot for people watching.

 

Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict - Photo courtesy of Brownstone Bistro

Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict – Photo courtesy of Brownstone Bistro

 

You can’t go wrong with any items on Brownstone Bistro’s brunch menu. If you want decadence, try their Eggs Benedict with Norwegian Smoked Salmon, goat cheese & capers ($14) or for something really over the top, try their Bacon-Wrapped Filet Mignon with peppercorn hollandaise ($17). If you’re more of a traditional breakfast lover you’ll be happy to know that the menu features many staples like their New York Steak & Eggs which comes with sautéed mushrooms, 2 large eggs any style and toast ($16.95) or The Big Brownstone Breakfast with 3 large eggs any style with toast, ham, bacon and Italian sausage ($13.95). If you’re after a brunch item you can’t easily make for yourself, there are amazing omelettes, frittatas, and crêpes to choose from — including their delicious Shrimp and Béchamel Crepe ($15.95) and much more.

 

Pay a visit to the Brownstone Bistro this summer — it’s about time you let them make your brunch dreams come true!

 

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