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The top 69 bars in Toronto by TTC subway stop

Posted by Liora Ipsum / July 8, 2014

toronto bar subway mapRiding the Rocket might be the faster way, but between overcrowded subway cars and delays, more often than not it'll leave you in need of a strong drink. Luckily above ground, there's at least one watering hole with walking distance of each of the TTC's 69 subway stops -- only in rare instances will you ever have to endure more than a 15 minute walk to grab a beer.

Here are the best places to drink nearby all 69 TTC subway stops.

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BLOOR- DANFORTH LINE (2)

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SCARBOROUGH RT (3)

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SHEPPARD LINE (4)

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What bars did we miss? Add your suggestions to the comments below.

Discussion

108 Comments

Quick but bad mostly / July 8, 2014 at 12:14 pm
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proximity does not equal quality, that's for sure!
NJS / July 8, 2014 at 12:23 pm
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Pretty sure the Bow and Arrow at Davisville no longer exists.
akswun / July 8, 2014 at 12:27 pm
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STC-St.Louis? WTF?? IMO their wings are terrible. The dill sauce is great but everything else is meh compared to the offerings in that vicinity.

ie. Jack Astors
Allstar Wings
hell even Moxies and Boston Pizza are better choices!
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Scarbs? / July 8, 2014 at 12:28 pm
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Yeah... not sure these are the "best" bars... I mean, Rockin Horse Saloon was the best they could come up with for Osgoode? That place sucks! Also, seemingly so does Scarborough...
Paul / July 8, 2014 at 12:31 pm
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Whippoorwill and Three Speed are great choices for Lansdowne and Dufferin. Cute idea!
Proud Mama / July 8, 2014 at 12:31 pm
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I tried to change my baby's diaper at the Wren and the bartender got mad at me and told me to use the washrooms. OUTRAGE.
TBIT / July 8, 2014 at 12:35 pm
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How old is this? The Bow & Arrow at Davisville closed at least 5 years ago. It has been replaced by a gastropub whose name escapes me.
Alexander / July 8, 2014 at 12:37 pm
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Beat me to it, but the Bow and Arrow has been closed for a long time...and the Duke of Kent is a generic pub? The Keg bar is a nicer place to have a drink at Yonge/Eg
Dave / July 8, 2014 at 12:38 pm
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Wow BlogTO, real original. I cant believe re-naming the stops wasn't done before.

*cough* http://i.imgur.com/m0taKlB.jpg *cough*




Jamaal replying to a comment from akswun / July 8, 2014 at 12:39 pm
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Last I checked, this was 'best place to have a drink near the subway stop', not 'best place to eat wings'
Nash / July 8, 2014 at 12:46 pm
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I would skip Real Sports and Jack Astors, there are shopping mall food courts for those chain bars.
rek replying to a comment from Dave / July 8, 2014 at 12:49 pm
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You *might* just be missing the entire point of the article.
LA / July 8, 2014 at 12:53 pm
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This piece is truly indicative of how terrible the subway system in Toronto is.
CaligulaJones replying to a comment from rek / July 8, 2014 at 12:54 pm
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Indeed. We've cleaned the hookers up out here in Woodbine...
Al / July 8, 2014 at 12:56 pm
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The Allen Bar and Grill has been out of business for years. A fish and chip shop replaced it, but it is out of business too. Now, it's a wing place.
Craig replying to a comment from TBIT / July 8, 2014 at 12:58 pm
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Last time I was there it was called the Twisted Kilt (or Tilted Kilt) but there was a fire there about a year ago, I don't know if it's reopened since then.

Matt E / July 8, 2014 at 01:00 pm
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I was about to take the bait and write a big raving complaint (the Bow&Arrow hasn't existed in years! And Stout is nowhere near Castle Frank! And some of these are choices are pretty bland! And what the hell, lady in the comments who thinks it's normal to change a diaper in a restaurant and not the washroom?)
But y'know what? I can also appreciate that a lot of effort went into this and ultimately it's just a bit of fun. So hats off, BlogTO. Don't let the nitpicks get you down.
Ian Turner / July 8, 2014 at 01:01 pm
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Have you ever BEEN to Orwell's Pub? It's not exactly a 'top bar' environment.

I would argue St. James's Gate at Dundas and Islington is by far the best bar at Islington station. Go check it out for yourself!
Ibere / July 8, 2014 at 01:02 pm
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Poor North York Centre...
TBIT / July 8, 2014 at 01:02 pm
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Yeah, the Kilt did become the Wallace Gastropub. Finally found the name via the FB post about this.
Chris Schryer / July 8, 2014 at 01:05 pm
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It's easy to arm-chair quarterback this, but picking Real Sports for Union, when The Loose Moose is right there, is shocking. There are others where there are better bars similar or slightly longer distances away, but RS vs Loose Moose is ridiculous.
Tim replying to a comment from TBIT / July 8, 2014 at 01:06 pm
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This has now been updated.
Joe replying to a comment from Proud Mama / July 8, 2014 at 01:07 pm
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rightfully so! the hell are you doing changing a dirty diaper where people are eating?! go do that in the washroom!
sean / July 8, 2014 at 01:07 pm
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the Phoenix Concert Theatre for Sherbourne? You do know it's only open during concert events and is way down Sherbourne between Wellesley and College,right?
Sheppard's Pie / July 8, 2014 at 01:11 pm
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As someone who lives on the Sheppard line, neither Willie Stouts nor The Goose are that close to their respective stations. Both are decent bars, but there's a Moxies and St Louis closer to Don Mills Station.
mike in parkdale / July 8, 2014 at 01:14 pm
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so much nit-picking. overall, this map is great. Id love to see it printed and slipped on to some subway cars in place of the real maps.
lister / July 8, 2014 at 01:17 pm
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If you're standing around King & University looking for good beer, don't bother with Earl's. Either go to the Loose Moose down on Front or take a little more effort (or take the streetcar) to go over to King & Spadina for Bar Hop.
EC / July 8, 2014 at 01:18 pm
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This makes me sad.
Ell / July 8, 2014 at 01:25 pm
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I really hope the woman complaining about the diaper change is a troll. I don't want shit near my food. Also, would you not want to wash your hands after? It's not the same as the breastfeeding argument!
Lisa / July 8, 2014 at 01:31 pm
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Really? The Wychwood pub? I went there once last year and asked if the grilled cheese had actual cheese or processed cheese, and they said it was real cheese. So I ordered and was sorely disappointed by the very distinct taste of Kraft Singles. Haven't gone back since.
Amy replying to a comment from Proud Mama / July 8, 2014 at 01:31 pm
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Seems like the bar tender was doing the right thing. That's why there's washrooms mama. We don't need exposed pee or pooh in bar, there's a place for that and its called the washroom.
JamesVR / July 8, 2014 at 01:33 pm
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Too bad there's no mention of what the actual stops are. Now I have to go back and cross reference with an actual TTC map OR count the stops to see which one is mine.

B / July 8, 2014 at 01:39 pm
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There was a fire at the Tilted Kilt? You gotta watch those polyester naughty schoolgirl costumes from the Stag Shop, those things are flammable as hell.
freddiejackhammer / July 8, 2014 at 01:53 pm
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I'm assuming these bars all paid for this promo? Only makes sense.
HappyPerson / July 8, 2014 at 02:01 pm
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Wow, you people complain too much.
Dan / July 8, 2014 at 02:02 pm
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Wilson - Cafecino Bar & Grill @ 628 Wilson Ave
Downsview - Kawilihan Sound Bar and Grill @ 1021 Wilson Avenue

Downsview Station is the next major street north of Wilson, Sheppard. How is Kawilihan closer to Downsview or listed for Downsview at all? There are definitely closer places to get a drink in the area that are actually on Sheppard.
Tim replying to a comment from sean / July 8, 2014 at 02:02 pm
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Thanks for the feedback. We agree that it's a bit far so have replaced with a closer option.
Jo / July 8, 2014 at 02:09 pm
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Some great choices! For Union I would substitute C'est What, but maybe some would consider that a bit too far from the stop.
Laura / July 8, 2014 at 02:17 pm
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As for Feathers, it's a wonderful bar and one of the best places in the city for Scotch, but it's about a 25 minute walk from the subway... Not that there's anything closer to Vic Park really, but it does seem like a bit of a stretch.
Random Reader replying to a comment from Ian Turner / July 8, 2014 at 02:18 pm
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St James Gate is really good, but actually closer to Kipling than Islington.

Unrelated side note: Castle Frank is a good 1.5km walk from Stout Irish Pub. Not sure what is actually better thats closer to Bloor in that area, but thats a heck of a walk for a $9 beer.
Diana / July 8, 2014 at 02:22 pm
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Fun list! Some of my favourites are on here (Victory Cafe, The Madison, Miller Tavern).

Still, I've got to agree with a few of the other commenters re: Willie Stouts. It's not that great a bar, and I haven't timed it but I strongly suspect it's more than a 15 min walk from the station. If proximity is important, you can drink at Moxie's or St. Louis in Fairview mall. If quality is important, I'd take a 5-min bus ride to Victoria Park Ave. and go to the Queen's Head pub.
redheadednomad / July 8, 2014 at 02:34 pm
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The Only, Wren and Relish are great places to get a beet within steps of the subway. Honoutable mentions should go to Morgans and Sauce (within range of Greenwood) .
Bloordale Chick / July 8, 2014 at 02:46 pm
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3 Speed + Whippoorwill are perfect
Ben / July 8, 2014 at 02:51 pm
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The Piston and Northwood are two of my fave bars in the hood but I am a little concerned that now they have been featured in this article that they will be overrun with 905ers and I will have to find new watering holes to frequent..hope I don't sound too downtown elitist but just saying..
BH / July 8, 2014 at 02:53 pm
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Twister karaoke at Finch? It's great to sing there but the "bar" part consists of a Coke fridge containing a few common beers and coolers. There must be something resembling a real bar in that area of Koreatown.
Beth / July 8, 2014 at 02:59 pm
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In my humble opinion, Bay station should feature Hemingway's and not the Oxley.
Holly replying to a comment from NJS / July 8, 2014 at 03:08 pm
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Bow and Arrow is now the Wallace Gastropub. Amazing mussels!
bill / July 8, 2014 at 03:16 pm
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Puck n Wings- Finch Station
BH replying to a comment from Random Reader / July 8, 2014 at 03:17 pm
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Agreed on St. James Gate for Islington station. Much better than Orwell's (though further from the station) and I'm heading over there right now to watch Germany vs. Brazil!
wat / July 8, 2014 at 03:18 pm
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this isn't even right
O'gradys is on the yonge and bloor line (Wellesley station)……
Mills replying to a comment from BH / July 8, 2014 at 03:25 pm
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If I'm playing Twister and Karaoke at the same time, honestly, I could care less about the drinks lol. You'll be having a good time, dude. Twister Karaoke is the best part about this map... it's at the top for a reason! I love it. And Burger Hut at Bessarion is a mighty close #2.
BEWARE / July 8, 2014 at 03:31 pm
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Don't forget last call is 2am. TTC stops around 1:30am.

CAREFUL BEWARE!
Right / July 8, 2014 at 03:37 pm
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Fun idea.

Not to be negative but - some of you folks are far too negative.
Trius / July 8, 2014 at 03:38 pm
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Man, I am so burned up about TKO's not being on this list.
I.M. Fletcher replying to a comment from Proud Mama / July 8, 2014 at 03:44 pm
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I hope to god you're kidding.
Lisa / July 8, 2014 at 03:48 pm
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I am so proud of how many of these I have been to! I am usually so out of it when it comes to these lists.
leona replying to a comment from Proud Mama / July 8, 2014 at 03:59 pm
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ew. poo belongs in the washroom
The Thrill / July 8, 2014 at 04:15 pm
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Pub crawl anyone. One drink at each stop? Who is with me
rek replying to a comment from wat / July 8, 2014 at 04:30 pm
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There's another O'Grady's on College near Queen's Park. I think it used to be called Pour Boy or Molly Bloom or something like that.
Ro / July 8, 2014 at 05:23 pm
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I think Puck N Wings is more of a bar than Twister Karaoke is at Finch Station…
One Drink Johnny / July 8, 2014 at 05:32 pm
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Back in the 70s I could comfortably drink my way home walking from Queen to Davenport, on yonge without missing a watering hole,not today.
yorkville resident replying to a comment from Beth / July 8, 2014 at 06:05 pm
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I totally agree... hemmingways is an institution.. the oxley is a bit pretentious and super expensive.
ALSO pour house needs to be replaced by PLAYA CABANNAAAAA
Reality Pleasecheck / July 8, 2014 at 06:08 pm
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The Scarb RT is not a subway. Let's be accurate.
W. K. Lis replying to a comment from Reality Pleasecheck / July 8, 2014 at 06:46 pm
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Can't do one for Mississauga/Brampton until their LRT opens. For now, it's just a real bar crawl, by crawling.
BlogTO / July 8, 2014 at 07:09 pm
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Guys, you've got this all wrong.
"The top 69 bars in Toronto by TTC subway stop"
in other words:
"the top bars for 69ing with your partner in Toronto, displayed by TTC subway stop."
in other words:
"the seating includes banquettes"
dr.fever / July 8, 2014 at 07:48 pm
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Whelan's Gate is not even close to Dundas West- more like Keele.
Should be Loons or The Local.
And how did you overlook Tallboys for Christie?
Clarissa / July 8, 2014 at 08:56 pm
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The Wren is nice, but SAUCE at Greenwood is the best! Excellent craft beer, great atmosphere!
Shortkut replying to a comment from Proud Mama / July 8, 2014 at 08:57 pm
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Proud mamma is one of those...no one eating wants to see your kids poo. Take it to the washroom.
ana paparazzi / July 8, 2014 at 09:03 pm
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Main station, Evas is not a place I'd recommend to anyone EVER but Golden Pizza is very close going west from main st on Danforth. Good food, beer for $3.75 and nice little patio on the back. They were featured on Restaurant makeover. Cheers!
Sean K replying to a comment from Tim / July 8, 2014 at 09:07 pm
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If you are going to change Sherbourne because of distance, Feathers Pub is more than twice the distance from Vic Park. It is not local to the subway at all, it's 2km away.
That being said, knowing the area well... it's slim pickings for bars in that area, perhaps best to just hit the LCBO haha
Holy Thundering Jesus / July 8, 2014 at 09:38 pm
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Call it what it really is the Vomit Comet Map! BARF!
Tex Chainsaw replying to a comment from NJS / July 8, 2014 at 09:52 pm
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The room is still there, rebranded as a the 'Twisted Kilt'..not sure if it's part of the franchise. Might have to find out. Just so's I know.
BH replying to a comment from Mills / July 8, 2014 at 10:02 pm
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Don't get me wrong, I've been to Twister a few times a love it, and a drinking establishment it is...well, maybe on a technicality it is. But it sure doesn't deserve a spot on any drinker's "subway line", that's for sure.
Suggestions / July 8, 2014 at 11:30 pm
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Donlands Stn = The Only Cafe

Ossington Stn = Hurricanes Roadhouse Restaurant
Mel / July 8, 2014 at 11:54 pm
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Skip the Wallace (formerly Bow and Arrow) at Yonge and Davisville and instead check out the newest bar in the 'hood, Little Sister!!! The cocktails are something you'd usually find in one of the bars on Queen West or Ossington, the beer on tap is delicious and the Indonesian snacks are out of this world!!! Definitely, do not miss this stop!!!
portobello / July 8, 2014 at 11:56 pm
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That Clinton's is not Christie is an abomination!!
Dave replying to a comment from Proud Mama / July 9, 2014 at 02:15 am
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Is it really so bad to do that in the washroom? I'm sure you have a beautiful baby and you're a great mom, but a BAR isn't exactly the best place to change your baby. I am a bartender and I've been a flight attendant and not everyone loves babies. Trust me, it's just a common curtesy to do that in the bathroom. I'm sure you wouldn't love to hear a bunch of guys swearing around you at the bar.
SuperHipsterFocused / July 9, 2014 at 07:11 am
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(sigh)
Editor / July 9, 2014 at 08:54 am
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For those who care, the franchise is named Tilted Kilt, not Twisted Kilt.
akswun replying to a comment from Jamaal / July 9, 2014 at 09:25 am
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Thanks tips!

Again, St.Louis is def. not a popular spot at STC. I made mention about their wings because,hey, they sell wings.
I've lived in Scarborough pretty much all my life, didn't even know they opened a St.Louis wings. Why? Because Jack Astors is a better venue/resto in the vicinity. I mentioned Allstars because they've been taking up some business in the area but according to the map it would be located by McCowan Station.
J Herring replying to a comment from dr.fever / July 9, 2014 at 11:48 am
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Whelan's Gate is 400m from the station, while Loon's is 700m and the Local is 800m. But the beer is terrible at WG so definitely worth the extra walk to the Local. Regardless I'd still walk the 650m to Mugshot Tavern to get a pint of cask beer and some great food to go along with it ;)
breadalbane / July 9, 2014 at 01:21 pm
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I appreciate that you've been updating this a bit as suggestions come in.

"The Feathers" is a bit of a trek from Victoria Park...but on the other hand, it's a great pub and there's certainly nothing better that's closer.
grossed out replying to a comment from Proud Mama / July 9, 2014 at 01:32 pm
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i hope you're joking cause that should literally only be done in the washroom in a restaurant... gotta keep that shit sanitized.
Ew replying to a comment from Proud Mama / July 9, 2014 at 01:41 pm
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Are you disgusting? You changed your babies diaper in the restaurant? Of course the bartender got mad at you, no one wants to see you change your nasty babies diaper when people are trying to eat. You need to respect others, nasty.
Jason / July 9, 2014 at 01:44 pm
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Stout is 1.5 km from Castle Frank Station. It's a good bar, but hardly close to the subway.
akbar mooseTafa replying to a comment from Proud Mama / July 9, 2014 at 01:49 pm
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Proud Mama,
why would think that you should be allowed to change a baby's diapers in a bar where other people would be eating and drinking? We don't want to smell your baby's diapers when we go to relax. Do you want to smell my camel if I bring it into the bar and it takes a dump?
steve replying to a comment from akswun / July 9, 2014 at 02:21 pm
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Boston Pizza is never a better choice
aleks / July 9, 2014 at 03:04 pm
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EINSTEINS at 229 college street is wayyyyyy more popular with the university crowd than Ogradys!!!!
Chris / July 9, 2014 at 03:10 pm
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LOL @ Burger Hut near Bessarrion station...Is it the selection because it's literally the only place in that area that you can choose?
EM / July 9, 2014 at 05:04 pm
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The Imperial Pub is right at Y&D Square with both a main floor and second floor bar as well as a rooftop patio and they're celebrating their 70th this year.
Raider Bean / July 9, 2014 at 08:36 pm
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Like the Only, but Rails & Ales , near Donlands is a good option as well
munch / July 10, 2014 at 09:06 am
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Agreed, proximity to the station does not mean a good place. @Pape you listed a bar that cannot have more condescending servers found. I give them credit for that, must have been difficult to hire than many servers that feel so entitled.
Bill replying to a comment from wat / July 10, 2014 at 10:02 am
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O'Grady's is on College (south side), one or two blocks east of University (Queen'Park Station).
Em Gee / July 10, 2014 at 01:43 pm
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The bar you picked for Ellesmere is closer to Midland station. FAIL!
Lolol / July 10, 2014 at 05:55 pm
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Eva's bar and grill at Main Station? I would never drink let alone eat a thing from this place. The patrons of this bar are the most sad looking bunch of recovering crack addicts I've ever seen.From 40 year old men with facial tattoos and wardrobes resembling that of a 17 year old gang banger. Too toothless women reeking of drugs and disease. If these kind of people suit your fancy then make that stop at Main street station and come join the attraction!
Thirsty for a local / July 14, 2014 at 04:04 pm
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Sadly, Main Street Station doesn't qualify for a spot on a subway bar map. Just run the trains express past Eva's on the way to Feathers or Relish.
Villikissa / July 15, 2014 at 10:41 pm
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Seriously, people, can you not tell that "Proud Mama" is a troll? Come on.

BTW, nice to see Willie Stout's get a nod here. It's not on a par with places like Volo and Stout by any means, but for the part of the city it's in it's pretty decent. Good food, and Innis & Gunn on tap along with a microbrew or two at any given time.
B2 / July 19, 2014 at 01:34 pm
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I don't want to call out any specific businesses but some of these are ridiculous. I feel the further east on Bloor/Danforth the more ridiculous. Obviously not written by a local.
jerry / July 22, 2014 at 07:05 pm
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Yonge st. In between Dundas and Queen stops.
For $4.95 a pint on select draught, you can't go wrong for a quick one after work
Lorraine / July 25, 2014 at 06:30 am
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The Tara Inn Irish Pub!
2609 eglinton ave east (two blocks east of Kennedy station)
🍀🍀🍀
Pete / July 25, 2014 at 07:06 pm
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Missed the Wee Tara on Eglinton for Kennedy Station, wing night on Wednesdays and there awesome!
Eric / July 27, 2014 at 10:23 pm
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I have been a resident of the Annex for over 10 years and live a very short walk from Bathurst Station. I can tell you I speak for many people in the area when I say, you made the wrong choice.
wordpress.com / July 28, 2014 at 01:43 am
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Thankfulness to my father who stated to me on the topic of this website,
this blog is genuinely amazing.
notetoself / September 13, 2014 at 08:13 pm
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What is this? A list of reasons to drink and drive? None of these bars I'd even step foot it. Lameeeeeeee.
Kris / September 13, 2014 at 11:47 pm
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Proudmama why would you not change your baby's diaper in the bathroom? That's where everyone else goes to deal with bowel movements... Fecal matter causes salmonella poisoning and most restaurants only wipe down the tables between customers they don't sanitize.. You are putting people at serious risk.. And it's gross and smelly
Billll replying to a comment from Lolol / September 14, 2014 at 06:23 am
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Where else am I supposed to go? The Spectrum is closed.
Lolo / September 14, 2014 at 06:43 am
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Missed Silks at Y&E and TKO at Coxwell
Dee / September 15, 2014 at 10:08 am
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I have been to 2 of these places...

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