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The top 10 bars with gluten free beer in Toronto

Posted by Julia Stead / November 14, 2013

Gluten free beer torontoBars with gluten free beer in Toronto are few and far between. Most of the time, gluten free options at bars only include ciders, wines or mixed drinks. Now that bakeries, restaurants and cafes are starting to offer more gluten free options, why should the gluten intolerant folk among us still be deprived of the smooth satisfying taste of beer at the local watering hole?

Here are 10 bars, listed in no particular order, where you can enjoy real beer flavour on your night out, with none of the debilitating side-effects of gluten.

See also:

The best gluten free restaurants in Toronto
The best gluten free bakeries in Toronto

Get Well
Near Dundas and Ossington, this quirky bar pairs mismatched decor and a selection of old school arcade games with a killer beer selection. It's a great place for hanging out during the week, or to mingle with a packed house on the weekends. Gluten free beers: Glutenberg $8.00 and New Grist $5.25.

Victory Cafe
This popular two-level pub tucked away on Markham Street is also know for having a great beer selection. In warmer month their patio is a big draw for the Annex crowd but also so good it's a worthy cross-town destination. Gluten free beer: Nickel Brook $4.87.

The Rhino
The Rhino in Parkdale has an extensive beer list which thankfully includes more than one gluten free beer. The bar is big, the patio is bigger, and there are a couple of pool tables to show off your skills inside this laid back bar/restaurant. Gluten free beers: Bard's $5.00, Nickel Brook $4.50, New Grist $5.00, Le Messenger $5.00.

This underground bar hidden beneath a travel agency on Dundas West comes complete with walls postered with kitschy Soviet propaganda, a Philadelphia Flyers garbage can, and a Star Wars pinball machine. Gluten free beer: Bard's $6.00

The always packed Riverside pub has a long menu of both food and drinks. Its dim lighting and drink and food specials prove to be a winning formula for a fun night out. Gluten free beer: Nickel Brook $7.00

3 Speed
This low-key watering hole in Bloordale draws in locals for its comfortable retro-basement fee and exposed brick walls covered in art. Gluten free beer: New Grist $6.50

The Monarch Tavern
This long time Little Italy fixture goes beyond beer with a a food menu featuring gluten free poutine, grilled cheese and burgers. The large space is spread out over two floors and includes pub games like pool, pinball and darts. Gluten free beer: Bard's $7.00.

This beer bar and gourmet sausage eatery inspired by the legendary beer halls of Munich is outfitted with lengthy communal tables ideal for large groups or making new friends. Gluten free beers: Bard's Gold $7.00 and New Grist $7.00.

This Financial District gastropub draws an after-work Bay street crowd coming to unwind over a few drinks and some of their killer fries. Gluten free beers: Lakefront New Grist $6.54, BSG Glutenberg Pale Ale Americaine $10.96

The Press Club
This low key bar on Dundas West has a good drink selection and a side patio for summer chill outs. There's also occasional live music. Gluten free beer: Bard's $7.00

Know another gluten-free beer haven? Leave a tip in the comment thread below.



Justin / November 14, 2013 at 02:37 pm
Your description of Unlovable is a couple years out of date. Star Wars Pinball is still there, but that's about all that's accurate, unfortunately!
David / November 14, 2013 at 03:46 pm
Northwood has Glutenberg.
dan / November 14, 2013 at 07:23 pm
i prefer to drink real beer
Bottlely Harm / November 14, 2013 at 07:38 pm
Bar Hop on King West has Glutenberg as well. It's the best gluten-free beer I've tried...despite the name literally being German for "gluten mountain."
Sean / November 14, 2013 at 08:01 pm
The Ace (Roncesvalles & Fermanagh) has New Grist. On top of that, their menus use an icon legend to clearly indicate which items are gluten-free, dairy-free, and/or vegan. Really awesome little old school diner with knowledgable and welcoming staff. Also, try their house-made pickles and hot sauce... delicious.
DAve / November 14, 2013 at 08:02 pm
Ric Flair replying to a comment from DAve / November 14, 2013 at 11:30 pm
Go to bed.
bob / November 15, 2013 at 12:31 am
I thought Japanese beer was made with rice and therefore gluten free.
DAve, give up now before you make a complete fool of yourself.
Steven / November 15, 2013 at 01:37 am
This gluten free craze is out of control - Gimme a break! Major fad that I guarantee nobody will be talking about in a year.
G / November 15, 2013 at 07:13 am
^ You know, save people with celiac who literally can't eat gluten.
Todd replying to a comment from Steven / November 15, 2013 at 09:55 am
Pretty much. Still waiting to meet someone with a gluten allergy who's poor, or better yet, a poor minority.
Beer / November 15, 2013 at 10:10 am
You can get gluten free beer just about anywhere. Budweiser and Sapporo are both rice based beers and are gluten free.
Steven replying to a comment from Todd / November 15, 2013 at 10:28 am

LOL!! Good point Todd - You're right. Thanks for the laugh
Realist (mostly) replying to a comment from Todd / November 15, 2013 at 10:34 am
Uh, celiac disease is found in both India and Africa. See for example:


While I don't think a gluten-free diet helps anyone who doesn't need to be on it, it ain't going away for those of us who do need it.

Also, both Budweiser and Sapporo use malt in their beer (in *addition* to rice). Both have gluten.
Erin Smith / November 15, 2013 at 10:46 am
Budweiser and Sapporo are NOT safe for people with celiac disease which is most certainly not a fad.
Realist (mostly) replying to a comment from Todd / November 15, 2013 at 10:46 am
Celiac disease is found in both Africa and India. I submitted a comment with a link, but apparently it was eaten.

I don't think there's any benefit to a gluten-free diet if you don't need to be on one, but if you have celiac disease or gluten intolerance you really do need it. It ain't going away.

Both Budweiser and Sapporo use malt in addition to rice, so both beers have gluten.
Brianj replying to a comment from Steven / November 15, 2013 at 11:49 am
I`ve been on a gluten free diet for over 20 years. Only way I can stay healthy and have a good quality of life. The only ppl this is a fad for are you knuckledraggers who are offended by anything different.
J / November 15, 2013 at 12:30 pm
Thank goodness we're finally doing away with a substance that is completely harmless to just about everyone.
Realist (mostly) replying to a comment from J / November 15, 2013 at 01:18 pm
What the hell are you talking about? Gluten *is* harmful to probably around ~1% of the population. At the same time, we're not exactly doing away with it.
Todd replying to a comment from Realist (mostly) / November 15, 2013 at 01:38 pm
They call it diarrhea, not a gluten allergy.
Me replying to a comment from J / November 15, 2013 at 01:40 pm
Hey, it gives the Left something to get into hysterics about. That's useful, isn't it?
Evan / November 15, 2013 at 02:09 pm
While all of these bars do have gluten free beer, I don't consider a bar with one gf beer to be a good bar for gf beer. In my opinion the best bar in Toronto for gluten free options is The Only Cafe on the Danforth, at Donlands.

Here's why: it has all the gluten free beer currently available in Ontario, with the exception of St. Peter's, a beer which I've yet to see in a bar, no doubt due to it's price. In addition, it also stocks Glutenberg, out of Quebec (which for some unknown, likely ridiculous reason, is not available at the LCBO).

On top of this, they stock all the ciders available in the LCBO, with the exception of Pommies (though I might've even seen it there at some point).

They also regularly have beer festivals which include other gf beer and cider. I believe they've even had Snowman's gf beers at some point, though I've yet to try it.
Phil / November 15, 2013 at 03:59 pm

4 gluten free beers and their entire menu is gluten free
Urbane / November 16, 2013 at 05:30 pm
Remember this kiddies, if ya aint a celiac, anything gluten free is not good for you. Why all the big deal about gluten free food and drink? Shows how jaded and ignorant we have become. Too many ford nation creeps coming into the city proper. This too shall pass.
Spanky / December 6, 2013 at 02:27 pm
Carindal Rule at Queen/Roncy now serves Glutenberg! http://instagram.com/p/hjSdx6QK4c/
Stu replying to a comment from Steven / March 11, 2014 at 11:20 am
You should consider never posting on any forum, anywhere, again.
JD / March 13, 2014 at 12:10 pm
Blog TO sure attracts a lot of idiotic posters. You like eating bread, so gluten allergies and intolerance doesn't exist. The fact is we're all eating a lot of crap that, biologically, we have never needed, or should be ingesting at all.
F / April 28, 2014 at 07:59 pm
Tavern at Richmond and spadina also carries gf beer
B / April 28, 2014 at 10:18 pm
So excited for uneducated-people-who-think-they-know-everything craze to die out. I guarantee in a year nobody will be talking about your lack of research Steven and Todd! Keep up the great work bros!
x / April 29, 2014 at 12:13 pm
the Dice on Dundas @ ~Dufferin has Gluten free beers as well. Ciders too.
jules / May 14, 2014 at 08:33 pm
Bellwoods brewery has a good selection...Gutenberg pale ale and blonde @ $9 and spirit tree cider....located on ossington ave #126
Gluten Free "Allergy" / June 6, 2014 at 10:57 pm
I just keep my smug opinions away from beer and drink gin.
Janice replying to a comment from Steven / July 4, 2014 at 09:05 am
To Steven who thinks gluten free is strictly a 'fad' ... I have Celiac Disease, dude, as do many others. Gluten free is not a choice but the only way we will stay alive. So, perhaps, educate yourself and consider yourself fortunate to have the choice of consuming gluten or not. Not being diagnosed early enough has caused me to go through Cancer ... Hope this helps you get your head around gluten free.
Matt / December 15, 2014 at 10:35 am
I'm Celiac and I've tried some wonderful gluten free beers that I could not differentiate from the "real" thing... but not in Canada. The stuff they pass off as gluten free beer here is truly disgusting, In my mind Glutenberg is the worst offender - how on earth this disgusting, overpriced sweet p*ss can pass itself off as beer, let alone "gastronomic" is mind boggling. I read comments on sites like this and I wonder if Glutenberg are paying people to say how great their product is - I just can't believe that people actually like it. It's foul.

Meanwhile in the rest of the world - and specifically the US and UK - they are making exceptional gluten free beers. They're so good in some instances that "real" beers pale in comparison. I just wish that someone in this country would get their sh*t together. It's just embarrassing at the moment.
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