The Best Beer Selection in Toronto
The best beer selection in Toronto used to be a fairly easy thing to determine. Formerly, a few mainstay bars easily held the top positions among beer drinkers' lists of go-to venues, but now, as a result of the Ontario craft beer scene's rapid growth, the list of places with well-curated tap lines has grown crowded.
Whether it's a result of the craft brew supply growing or the demands of sophisticated drinkers expanding, the city's beer scene has flourished, and there are now plenty of options for even the most discerning of the city's beer fans.
Here are the bars and restaurants with the best beer selection in Toronto.
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This Yonge St. pub features over 125 different beers in bottles and an ever changing lineup of 38 mostly-Ontario draught lines. In addition to hosting all manner of beer-related events and tap-takeovers from local brewers, the bar's owners also run the annual Cask Days festival, operate their own on-site nanobrewery, and have the distinction of being one of only 46 locations across the world chosen by Brasserie Cantillon to host Zwanze Day in 2013. More »
The Golden Tap award winner in 2013 for the Best Bar for Draught Beer Selection in Ontario, Bar Hop earns that distinction with an excellent list of 36 draught beers that changes frequently and skews hard toward local offerings. Good food, cheap oysters on Mondays, and knowledgeable staff make this one of the few respectable options for beer fans along King West. More »
Arguably no longer an East-enders secret, The Only has gone from little known local to respected beer bar in a very short time, and the funny part is they haven't actually changed anything. They've always had an excellent selection of dozens of draught beers, an extensive bottle selection, and a certain garage-sale decor, it just seems that lately people know about it. Sorry Danforthers, the secret is out. More »
Arguably the one place on this list you might consider wearing a blazer, Beerbistro is a bit, as-the-french-say, la di da. On the menu you'll find duck confit and foie gras pate, and they pay equal attention to their impressively maintained beer menu. There are over 100 options, including hard-to-find imports from Belgian breweries like De Struise and the American brewer Sierra Nevada. You don't actually need a blazer, but would it kill you to tuck your shirt in? More »
All four locations of the Bier Markt offer impressive and lengthy draught lists making them among the best spots in Toronto for drinking imported, European beer. And regardless of what their gravy-hating Mayoral clientele might suggest, this is a classy joint that gives beer the treatment it deserves. More »
Probably the only place on this list that has kangaroo on the menu, WVRST offers a phenomenal draught selection of Ontario and Quebec options in a killer, highly social, beer hall-style setting. As the name might suggest, sausage is the name of the game here and there's an impressive selection of styles to try, plus duck fat fries and a selection of dipping sauces. More »
For those days you're craving something Belgian or German, you can't go wrong at the Town Crier. The draught menu lists 50 different beers that skew geographically toward that chunk of Europe. You won't find too many craft offerings here, but it turns out some of these older countries know a thing or two about beer. Dunkels and dubbels and blondes, oh my. More »
Located in the heart of Mirvish Village, the Victory has been an Annex staple for over 15 years. Their philosophy is decidedly local and the Vic not only has cask ale but an extensive beer menu featuring a focus on Ontario craft, all of which can be paired with a reasonably priced, locally-sourced meal. More »
It's not often that you can have the down and dirty dive bar experience along with great craft beer, but that's the beauty of this Kensington Market spot. There are about 35 different bottles on offer from Canada, the U.S. and Belgium and 8 Canadian brews on tap, but the beer list is scrawled on a piece of cardboard and if you want to eat you'll be getting a microwave dinner. A classic no-frills drinking experience with local and craft beers instead of an ironic bottle of Labbatt 50? Yes please. More »
Boasting a beer list made only of Canadian beers, the 35 craft beers on tap at C'est What are always excellent and there's even beer brewed on site. There's also a substantial whiskey selection and a mishmash menu intended to reflect the city' multicultural heritage with no dish more expensive than $15. Long a Toronto craft beer mainstay for good reason. More »
Cabbagetown's Irish Pub already feels like it's been around for years. There are 20 mostly-local beers on tap and classic rib-sticking pub grub on the menu. It's a solid little pub with a solid little draught list and even a solid little patio out back. More »