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The Best Cheap Drinks in Toronto

Posted by Robyn Urback / October 22, 2012

Cheap Drinks TorontoThe best cheap drinks in Toronto are perfect for those nights when you just want to get... a few decent drinks in you without breaking the bank. What? What did you think I was going to say? The places offering the cheapest drinks in the city don't rival the Ritz in terms of sophistication, that's for sure, but they do usually come with a charming atmosphere all their own. Nevermind drinks you can pay for with loose change — that's the real plus. While some spots on this list offer certain specials on particular days, you can count on any of the bars or restaurants on this list to leave you with a little extra cash in your pockets at the end of the night. Unless you just down twice as many drinks. Here is the list of the best cheap drinks in Toronto.

See also:

The Best Cocktails in Toronto
The Best Beer Selection in Toronto
The best pubs in Toronto
The Best Places to Drink a Pitcher of Beer in Toronto
The best new bars in Toronto 2011

The Rhino

The Rhino

So, the service isn’t quite up to Four Seasons standards. Whatever. With bottles starting at $3.80, I’ll shine my own shoes, thank you very much. The Rhino is an old faithful on the Parkdale cheap drinks (and food) scene, with an incredible selection of bottled beers and pints priced at $4.75. You’ll have enough left over for that famed Rhino burger, I’m sure. Pitchers push $13. More »

Wide Open

Wide Open

Wide Open is cheap drink heaven depending on the day. It offers 2-for-1 $10 pitchers on Mondays, $3.00 rail drinks and domestic bottles on Sundays, $4.50 pints on Wednesdays and much, much more. But the pièce de résistance for this downtown cheap-drink-gem is definitely its Happy Hour Thursdays (from 5p.m. to 8p.m.) when all drinks are priced at $2.50. Yes, EVERYTHING. Best to mark it in your calendar right now. More »

Java House

Java House

Score one for the great side patio, and two for ridiculously good prices. I’m not sure exactly how Java House manages to turn a decent profit with bottles starting at $3.20 and pints at $4.40, but I’m happy to hand over the loose change I find in my pockets in any case. Summertime, of course, means a pitcher split between friends, which will set you back all of $11.50. More »

Einstein’s

Einstein’s

Einstein’s is a student favourite, so naturally the prices are budget-friendly. The pitchers are the cheapest around at $10 on any given day, along with bottles starting at $4.00 and pints and rail drinks at $4.25. That’s pretty good, but the smartest of Einstein’s customers (the Einsteins, if you will) show up on Thursday between 3p.m. and 9p.m. for the $1.00 off Litresteins. More »

Sneaky Dee’s

Sneaky Dee’s

You’ll need more than a single beer to wash down a huge Sneaky Dee’s plate of nachos, and its bottles and pints are priced with that fact in mind. A pint will cost you $4.50 any day of the week, plus bottles starting at $3.50 except on Wednesday when they’re a cool three bucks. And though you typically don’t think of cocktails when you think of Sneaky Dee’s, you might start to if you know you can get them for $3.75 each. More »

The Green Room

The Green Room

While it has had a bit of a murky past, The Green Room is one of those places you can count on for super-cheap drinks. Uh, when it's open, that is. Can't beat bar rail drinks for $3.25, as well as martinis for an unheard of $3.50. Pints start at $4.25, bottles at $3.50, and pitchers at $11.95, though The Green Room experience is one that's truly priceless. Right, Toronto Public Health? More »

Labyrinth Lounge

Labyrinth Lounge

Three is the magic number at Labyrinth, a number that will bring you all sorts of alcoholic joy depending on the day. Friday it’s Jameson whiskey shots or mixed drinks for $3.00, followed by Absolut shots and mixed drinks on Saturday, and $3.00 draught on Sunday. Plus rail Thursdays and Amsterdam pints and shots of Wiser’s throughout the week. So, pretty much, there’s no reason to leave. More »

Cloak and Dagger

Cloak and Dagger

Cloak and Dagger has over 20 beers on tap, but the one you really want is the one priced at $4.00 a pint. Am I right, university students? A watering hole in every essence of the name, you can sit in the dark and share a beer with friends for just $12 for a pitcher. Or $5.50 for a mixed drink, just to stray from the crowd. More »

Nirvana

Nirvana

Mmm, mimosa. Brunch at Nirvana is not complete without a $4.75 mimosa to go with that eggs Benny. But it gets even cheaper the later you come, with bottles of beer starting at $3.95 every day except Wednesdays, when domestic bottles are priced at $3.25. Count on $3.50 rail drinks on Thursdays, too, with shooters at the same price on Fridays and Saturdays. Plus $6.25 martini Mondays, if you’re classy like that. More »

Pour Boy

Pour Boy

Excuse the pun, in this case. Despite its Koreatown location, students have discovered and adopted Pour Boy as their own. Cheap eats can be paired with even cheaper drinks here, with bottles and pints both starting at $4.80, and pitchers going for $14. Mixed drinks at Pour Boy are (a seemingly pricey?) $6.25. More »

The Madison

The Madison

Known as “The Maddy” to those who know and love its Thursday drink specials (meaning mainly upper-year undergrads, but I digress). Domestic bottles and rail drinks are $3.50 on Thursdays, with bottles starting at $4.00 every other day, and pints starting at $4.75. With prices like these it’s no wonder it gets so rowdy in the Piano Room when the fratboys are in attendance. More »

Bistro 422

Bistro 422

While it has raised its prices slightly over the past couple of years, Bistro 422’s $11 pitchers are still among the cheapest on this list (and dirt-cheap by any other standards). It’s a bit of a dive, yes, but that’s all part of Bistro 422’s irresistible charm. Or maybe that’s just from the $11 pitchers, too. If you choose to go it alone, bottles start at $4.50 and pints at $5.00. More »

Duffy’s Tavern

Duffy’s Tavern

Can’t get enough of that wonderful Duff-y’s Tavern. Duffy’s sets the bar high (or should that be, “low?”) with its $3.50 bottles every day, but the real deals are the daily specials. Monday are for beer-lovers with $10 pitchers, followed by $4.00 tequila Tuesdays, Wellington pints for $4.75 on Wednesdays and so forth. And for the Caesar-fiends (guilty), Sundays are your days with $4.00 for the drink. More »

The Lakeview

The Lakeview

Another mimosa haven! Your mother’s favourite drink is $3.00 all the time, which definitely makes up for the lack of pitchers of beer at the restaurant. Other stellar all-the-time deals include Caesars, mixed soda drinks, and Jameson’s for $4.00, as well as a rotating roster of draught beers, also priced at $4.00 a pint. Pft. Who needs pitchers? More »

Dog’s Bollocks

Dog’s Bollocks

The pub with, perhaps, the least enticing name happens to offer some of the best prices on booze. Worth it? Certainly. Domestic bottles start at just $3.00 with pitchers priced at $11 and up, and mixed drinks from the rail at $4.00. With the window open in the summertime and a evening lost in terrible karaoke, Dog’s Bollocks offers an easy budget-friendly choice. More »

Crooked Star

Crooked Star

Crooked Star is pretty consistent with its $6.00 pints and $5.25 mixed drinks, but the best deals to be had are on specific days of the week. Mondays are for Rolling Rock tallboys priced at $4.00, followed by $4.50 rail drinks Tuesdays, $5.00 draught Wednesdays, and bottles of Labatt 50 for $3.50 on Thursdays. Have a few of those, and that star will suddenly staighten out. More »

Linsmore Tavern

Linsmore Tavern

Dollar draught! Well, to be precise, Linsmore offers a seven-ounce glass of Labatt 50 for $1.15. So not exactly a dollar or a standard pint, but it has a nice ring to it, no? This bar is certainly a haunt for the locals, but it welcomes anyone who is keen on $5.25 draught, $3.50 bottles, or else, anyone who can properly work the touch screen jukebox. While not a place for pitchers, you can opt for a mixed drink for $4.50. More »

Done Right Inn

Done Right Inn

A stronghold for Trinity Bellwoods locals, Done Right Inn is the perfect spot to bask in a pint on the patio. In the summer, that is. Damn Canadian winters. Anyway, pints here start at $5.50, with bottles at $4.00 and mixed drinks at $4.25. Best of all, if you’re short on change, you can legit pay with Canadian Tire money. Better start saving those $0.05 bills. More »

The Gem

The Gem

Never modest, The Gem has been around for over 25 years and counting, and it has let its drink prices lag in terms of catching up. The great atmosphere and super service is only enhanced by the reasonable prices, which include pitchers for $13 and change, and bottles starting at $4.25. And while you never quite know what you’ll find on tap, you can rely on the bill of $6.00 a pint. More »

The Henhouse

The Henhouse

What better to pair with those beans n’ wieners or grilled cheese and tomato soup than a $3.50 Labatt 50 on special? (I know what you’re thinking, but c’mon, we’re talking comfort food.) Alright, if Labatt’s not your taste you can take your pick of pints or bottles starting at $6.00 and $4.50 respectively, or opt for whatever is draught is on special for $5.00 for a pint. More »

Discussion

49 Comments

sprite / October 22, 2012 at 09:55 am
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Excellent round up.
Jeremy H / October 22, 2012 at 11:11 am
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Interesting that Wide Open seems to flaunt the minimum pricing as set out in their liquor license (so maybe advertising it here isn't a good idea). Pints can't be sold cheaper than $3.33, and 2 for 1 is expressly prohibited. See: http://www.agco.on.ca/pdfs/en/guides/3099_a.pdf
Jeremy H / October 22, 2012 at 11:14 am
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Oh, and Ten Mile Aroma on the north side of Dundas just west of Spadina has $5.99 pitchers and $1.69 pints everyday!
Jesse / October 22, 2012 at 11:29 am
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Yes was going to mention Ten Mile Aroma, if you ask them what kind of beer it is, they don't even know, but if you're cool with that, then its an awesome time. The food is kinda bunk too, but I don't necessarely consider myself any kind of princess.
Sean / October 22, 2012 at 11:44 am
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OH OH

When I click on Duffy's Tavern, it displays a french bakery.
Thomas / October 22, 2012 at 12:10 pm
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Aren't there any places to get a cheap drink in the area east of yonge/south of queen st?
Kate / October 22, 2012 at 12:15 pm
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Don't forget Last Temptation! $12 pitchers, a patio, and seriously solid pad thai + bar foods.
Yooooo / October 22, 2012 at 12:16 pm
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Piola at queen and Gladstone has 3.50 bar rail Friday and sat AFTER 10pm!!!!
And a pizza and 4 beers for 20 on thurs. crazy. I don't go there but that a good predrink ya smell me?
Jack / October 22, 2012 at 12:52 pm
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Monarch Tavern offers Magic specials 5-8 everyday $4 jack Jameson and Jagr with dollar drafts to boot (5oz) or $4 pints. Never have I paid more than $5 mixed drink on the well and $4 domestics. Great place, no hobo.
??? / October 22, 2012 at 12:55 pm
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Since when does Nirvana offer eggs benny?
hellno / October 22, 2012 at 01:53 pm
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Sorry, the Madison does not deserve to be on any "best of" list, unless it's the "best place to get an STD from a toilet seat"
Alex / October 22, 2012 at 02:05 pm
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The Only at Donlands and Danforth has a sunday night special: after 5PM all the draught pints are $5.
Frigoffme / October 22, 2012 at 02:09 pm
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Uh could we please not share secrets like the above-mentioned chinatown spot, commenters????????? CMON.
John replying to a comment from Frigoffme / October 22, 2012 at 03:37 pm
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Why not share secrets?
Nick / October 22, 2012 at 03:50 pm
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2 Cats at King/Portland. $3 drinks until 10pm Thurs-Sat.
Rob replying to a comment from John / October 22, 2012 at 03:57 pm
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You should be able to answer that question on your own. "Shared secret"? Bit of an oxymoron, no?
v79 / October 22, 2012 at 04:19 pm
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Um, there are no $1 litre-steins at Einsteins on Thursdays (which would be both uneconomical and illegal on the part of the establishment). The deal is they're $1 OFF between 3-9. Hopefully this gets corrected before the poor bartender gets a rush of thirsty UofT students.
Sousedbergin / October 22, 2012 at 04:34 pm
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Must.Go.To.Ten.Mile
Rob replying to a comment from Thomas / October 22, 2012 at 07:00 pm
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AAA Bar at 138 Adelaide St E has $3 tequila shots all the time...
raymes / October 22, 2012 at 07:51 pm
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Great. And now I am thirsty Thursday on a Monday. Consider yourself bookmarked.
Andrew / October 22, 2012 at 10:08 pm
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W Burger Bar - $10 pitchers of Pabst to go along with their $6.99 burger - can't be beat!
Jeff / October 22, 2012 at 10:09 pm
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Some great hidden gems in Toronto! I think we've got most of them listed on TorontoDrinksWeekly.com , but there are a couple bars here that are new to me - thanks for sharing!
Stanley / October 23, 2012 at 03:21 pm
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Do you guys ever leave the west end??? Seriously, look at the map.
Stephanie / October 23, 2012 at 07:23 pm
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The Monarch's "magic hour" specials are pretty awesome: $4 jack, Jameson, Jäger...$4 rails...$1 5oz house drafts (brewed by Great Lakes). They have $5 Wellington tall cans during Thursday night Karaoke too. Way cooler than The Madison!
Jesse / October 23, 2012 at 07:43 pm
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Regarding Ten Mile Aroma....ha maybe people shouldn't go there. It is kind of horrendous, and I don't recommend it at all to anyone ever, so don't go there.............ever.....
Jesse / October 23, 2012 at 07:43 pm
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(In response to FrigOffMe)
Jesse replying to a comment from Frigoffme / October 23, 2012 at 07:43 pm
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Regarding Ten Mile Aroma....ha maybe people shouldn't go there. It is kind of horrendous, and I don't recommend it at all to anyone ever, so don't go there.............ever.....
TJ / October 24, 2012 at 09:38 am
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Nothing North of St. Clair?
Kent / October 24, 2012 at 09:51 pm
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How on Earth is Toby's left of this list?
Kent / October 24, 2012 at 09:52 pm
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Or Ten-Mile-Aroma...with $5 pitchers
Hipster Doofus / October 28, 2012 at 03:59 pm
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The bouncer at the dogs bullocks was my entertainment on a -11 degree February-Sunday afternoon. Once the bar got a little more populated he turned from friendly greeter to a wwe bad guy. He immeditaly ripped off his long sleeve ,exposing his tight T muscle shiirt, threw on his cop gloves and meanest face and started walking rounds around the bar trying to intimidate the customers lol. I guess he was trying to send the "don't even think of starting trouble here" message. Place has great deals thou.
Pioneer / November 2, 2012 at 02:37 pm
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The Linsmore is okay - I've been there quite a bit - but it's NOT quite the place you want to settle down for a cozy pint. It is actually a real dive bar with very little atmosphere, albeit some interesting characters if you are a novelist doing a character study.

My suggestion: there are some great Ethiopian restaurants along that part of Danforth that serve bottled domestic for $4 which is pretty cheap. For about $12 more, you can get a huge plate of food enough for two. What's not to love about that?
Mr. Deal / November 9, 2012 at 07:12 pm
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Check out 6$ steins (32oz) domestic beers on Sunday's and Mondays at Boston Pizza Dufferin and Shepperd location
Sandra / December 4, 2012 at 02:17 am
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What about tobeys on college???
oaz / March 9, 2013 at 12:38 pm
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Ten Mile Aroma, it has very bad reviews on yelp but its the place where you can get the cheapest beer in toronto for sure and its not disgusting at all. its VERY chinese restaurant so maybe not good for dates with your bf or gf but its so fine place to go with your friedns for casual drinks! we are paying too much money for alchohol in toronto
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laser / May 6, 2013 at 12:55 pm
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best kept secret in Hipster drenched Queen West. $10 pitchers every night at Savoy....and its good beer. Really.
Thirsty / October 5, 2013 at 04:11 pm
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Souz Dal on College Street has a bunch of new specials. They've thrown out the old menus and gone craft cocktail as well. Drink specials are awesome!

Sunday = $4 btls Amsterdam Blonde and $4 Jack Daniels
Monday = $4 Jameson and $5 btls Boneshaker
Tuesday = $7 Double bar rail (mixed or straight)
Wednesday = $4 Bar Rail
Thursday = $9 Tall Boy PBR and Jameson
Friday & Saturday is $4 House Shooter
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Rosa Lee / March 21, 2014 at 11:56 pm
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Does anyone know of a cheap bar nearby Sound Academy on Polson St? Going for a concert there tomorrow night but want to grab a couple of drinks beforehand.

Appreciate it,

Thanks!
Mr Greek / May 29, 2014 at 07:33 pm
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Easy / July 7, 2014 at 01:41 am
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Bistro 422 should be higher on the list...
the Beast is top 5 for sure!
Nick / July 29, 2014 at 09:06 pm
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The Only Cafe Sunday night, all pints $5, pick from 25 draughts.
Ryan S. / July 30, 2014 at 03:11 am
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Midpoint on Queen West near dufferin has the best cheapest drinks with sick music. $5 pints , $4 drinks and bacon sandwiches. Best kept secret
Rugs / July 30, 2014 at 09:41 am
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Apparently the author lives at Bathurst and College and can't afford a taxi.
Simon McNeil replying to a comment from Jesse / July 30, 2014 at 11:09 am
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The food is actually pretty good - oily but authentic to North-Eastern China.

As for the beer, it's very good. I've heard a rumour that the owner has a relative that works for one of the local microbrews and gets him back-door deals.
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