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Crooked Star

Bars & pubs

On a burgeoning strip, this comfy lounge attracts a mix of locals and hipsters who are venturing west. Roomy wooden booths invite lounging; the soundtrack...

202 Ossington Street
Tags: Bar


Bars & pubs, Restaurants & cafés

This airy, chic bar-bistro excels at wines by the glass, with more than 30 selections, and a robust menu. At midday, sizzling steak sandwiches are served...

455 King Street W

Dakota Tavern

Critics' choiceBudget
Bars & pubs, Restaurants & cafés

Countrified trendiness is the idea at this western-themed watering hole, which features Sunday night barn dances and a bluegrass brunch. Settle into a...

249 Ossington Avenue

Dora Keogh Traditional Irish Pub

Bars & pubs, Restaurants & cafés

Favoured by locals for a pint of Guinness or a glass of Jameson's, this low-key Irish bar has a handsome wood and copper decor, a fireplace and a snug.

141 Danforth Avenue

Drake Hotel

Critics' choice
Bars & pubs, Restaurants & cafés

This trendy boutique hotel got the buzz going in West Queen West a few years ago, and it's still going strong. There's a Euro-style lounge, sushi bar, café,...

1150 Queen Street W

Duke of York

Bars & pubs

Tartan carpet covers one big room after another at this British-style pub. The Duke's quiet vibe attracts teachers and students alike; Thursday's...

39 Prince Arthur Avenue
Tags: Pub


Bars & pubs

This small, hip bar offers a retreat from the Kensington Market crowds, but it too gets jammed at peak times. The decor - brick walls, old sofas - is...

223 Augusta Avenue
Tags: Bar

Esplanade Bier Markt

Bars & pubs, Restaurants & cafés

This faux-Belgian brasserie has more than 100 brands of beer and lots of space in which to drink them. On a strip of bars and restaurants that includes...

58 The Esplanade
Tags: Bar, Brasserie

Fionn MacCool's

Bars & pubs, Restaurants & cafés

It's as if the owners ordered the complete product line from 'The Authentic Irish Pub Catalogue' - Guinness posters, a snug, plenty of dark wood, and corned...

70 The Esplanade


Bars & pubs, Clubs

Once a week the boys turn up in droves, eager to shed their shirts in honour of top DJs. Cover charges can be high, but the party goes on till morning at...

8 Gloucester Street

Foundation Room

Critics' choice
Bars & pubs, Restaurants & cafés

Taking its cue from the Moroccan casbah, this subterranean dine-and-dance cave is awash in warm hues, pillow-lined banquettes and Buddha Bar muzak....

119 Church Street

George's Play

Bars & pubs

In the week, this unpretentious bar draws an older crowd with its catchy '80s-heavy tunes. On the weekend, there are Latin nights with lots of drag, dancing...

504 Church Street

Gladstone Hotel

Critics' choiceBudget
Bars & pubs, Restaurants & cafés

This restored Victorian hotel is ground zero for the indie arts scene. The Melody Bar is a large, wood-panelled room with faux-marble columns and...

1214 Queen Street W

Granite Brewery

Bars & pubs, Restaurants & cafés

Beer aficionados travel great distances for a taste of Peculiar, the strongest of the Granite's bold, own-brewed ales. They also come to nosh on...

245 Eglinton Avenue E

Green Room

Bars & pubs

The Green Room's back-alley entrance leads into a large space cluttered with mismatched chairs and couches, and wobbly tables. The latter are covered in wax...

296 Brunswick Avenue
Tags: Bar