There’s nothing quite like a perfectly poured pint on a hot summer day. In Midtown Toronto you’ve got no shortage of places to get one, but if you aren’t sure where to go, here’s a list of our favourite places to enjoy a good beer in the area. Cheers to summer!
1. Granite Brewery
Granite Brewery and Tied House (245 Eglinton Ave E) isn’t just another hotspot trying to ride the wave of the craft beer trend. They’ve been busy brewing in their own on-site microbrewery since they opened their doors in Toronto back in 1991. Today, the brewery is regarded as an industry leader. It began as a family business in Halifax in 1985, and remains a family-run enterprise today. It’s a brewery, beer store and bar and grill, all rolled into one.
At Granite, they brew small batch, handcrafted, all natural, open fermented ales with no preservatives and no pretension. They’ve won awards, earned their regulars, and have been written about in many reputable beer publications.
Grab a seat on the front or back patio, and enjoy a beer that has only had to travel a few feet to reach you. Choose from one of their Cask Beers, or their extensive selection of Draught which includes seasonal favourites like their Summer Ale. It’s only brewed from May to October, so don’t miss out! It’s a crisp, golden wheat malt ale that tastes like pure summer refreshment.
Their on-site beer store is open daily, Monday to Saturday, from 11:30 am to 11 pm, and Sunday, from 11 am to 11 pm. Grab a growler or two to take back home to Davisville Village. Learn more about Granite Brewery in our exclusive interview with the owner.
2. Prohibition Gastrohouse
In many ways, the days of Prohibition were a simpler time. If you knew the password for your local Speakeasy, you came in and drank whatever they had on offer. Prohibition Gastrohouse (40 Eglinton Ave E) believes in keeping it simple. Why overwhelm yourself with a hundred choices of beer? Prohibition curates a selection of about 20 high quality beers on tap. Each one is a winner, so can’t go wrong. A few currently available options worth mentioning include O’Hara’s Irish Stout (Ireland), Lagunitas IPA (California), Golden Beach Pale Ale (Gravenhurst, ON), Houblon Chouffe (Belgium), and Thornbury Cider (The Blue Mountains, ON).
Visit them during Hooch Hour, from 4 pm to 7 pm, and again from 10 pm to midnight. During this special time, all taps are priced between $5.09 and $8.85. They’re open Monday to Friday, from 11 am to 2 pm, and Saturday and Sunday, from 10 am until 2 am. Expect a cover charge and a dress code on Friday and Saturday nights.
Learn more about some great Happy Hour specials near you in our recent article.
3. The Belsize Public House
The Belsize Public House (535 Mt Pleasant Rd) is an outstanding neighbourhood pub. They specialize in Canadian craft beer. They have a great selection and each month guests can also enjoy a special ‘guest brew’. Check out their chalkboards when you walk in to see what they currently have in store for you. They are currently pouring Amsterdam “3 Speed” Lager (Toronto, Ontario), Boshkung’s “North Country” Kellerbier (Carnarvon, Ontario), Durham Blak Katt Stout (Durham, Ontario), Great Lakes Golden Horseshoe Blonde (Toronto, Ontario), Great Lakes Pompous Ass Ale (Toronto, Ontario), Hendersons Best Bitter (Toronto, Ontario), Muskoka Detour IPA, (Bracebridge, Ontario), Steamwhistle Pilsner (Toronto, Ontario) and Waupoos Cider (Waupoos, Ontario).
They also offer a rotating cask ale. Pay them a visit for a perfect Canadian pint. They’re open Sunday and Monday, from 11:30 am to 11 pm, and Tuesday to Saturday, from 11:30 am to 1 am. See you there!
4. The Wallace Gastropub
The Wallace Gastropub (1954 Yonge Street) specializes in unique and highly coveted beer selections. From annual releases to hard to find brews and brewery collaborations — only the best beer makes the cut.
A few special brews that are currently available include: Hofbrauhaus Original Munich Helles, Black Oak Pale Ale, Delirium Tremens Belgian Strong Ale, and Shiny Apple Cider from Niagara-on-the-Lake.
The Wallace also serves delicious and high quality food. Their dishes feature produce from local organic farms, sustainable seafood, and hormone and antibiotic free meat and poultry. Ask your server about pairing the perfect beer with your meal.
They’re open to serve you on Monday to Friday, from 11 am to 2 am, and on weekends, from 10 am until 2 am.
5. Five 2 Five
Step inside Five 2 Five (525 Mount Pleasant) and you’ll find a delightfully laid back atmosphere, unique draught beers, fast service and amazing food. Pride of ownership is apparent in everything they do. Everything is fresh, the place is super clean, and the staff are friendly and attentive. It’s the perfect neighborhood bar, without any pretension. They try hard to please you, without trying too hard. Choose your favourite draught, or discover a new favourite, and pair it with one of their incredible burgers, exceptional hand cut fries, and amazing chicken wings.
Being able to enjoy a perfect pint close to home in a nice atmosphere is one of those little things that makes your neighbourhood feel like home. We hope this guide helps you find your new favourite place. Cheers!
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