The Best Places to Drink a Pitcher of Beer in Toronto
The best places to drink a pitcher of beer in Toronto run the gamut from cozy pubs to dive bars. Beer selection and reasonable prices come first - but a good atmosphere, quality bar snacks, friendly service, and extras like patios and pool tables don't hurt, either.
Here are the best places to drink a pitcher of beer in Toronto.
The gloriously greasy Tex-Mex is the big draw at this College St. dive, but the pitchers of Cool and Buzz (for my money, the best cheap beer in existence) for $14 don't hurt either. If you want to splash out, more premium pitchers like Beau's go as high as $20.75. Look for pitcher and nacho deals throughout the week.
Ahh, Betty's - where the atmosphere is raucous, the walls are coated in wacky stuff, the service is largely ambivalent, and the beer is always plentiful. Behind the bar at the King West watering hole, they've got 34 taps - including some rotating seasonal offerings - available for the pitcher-filling.
There's not much in the way of atmosphere at this Parkdale bar, unless you can grab a sunny spot at the front near the window - but, hey, who cares when you're into pitcher No. 2 anyway? They've got 18 beers on tap to complement their list of 150-plus bottles and cans, though the food tends to be hit-or-miss.
Fancy a more refined pitcher-quaffing experience tonight? Then head to this cozy, dimly-lit gastropub in Cabbagetown, where you can wash down some exquisite bangers and mash with a jug of one of 20 draught beers. Prices hit at the slightly higher end of things - $18 to $22 per pitcher - but here, you definitely get what you pay for.
Widely known as having the Danforth's best beer selection, the Only boasts a rotating selection of 25 beers from pretty much every big brewery inside Toronto and around eastern Canada (Wellington, Great Lakes, Black Oak Sawdust City - you name it). Depending on what you choose, a pitcher of that liquid gold sells for $17 or $20.
The Rebel House is Rosedale's coziest pub - it's nice without being the least bit intimidating. Accompanying their menu of locally-focused pub food is a 20-strong beer selection, which also focuses overwhelmingly on Ontario products. There are two pricing tiers - "premium" and "extra premium" ($20.90 and $22.45 respectively). Hey, this is Rosedale.
At this nouveau-Irish pub on Carleton in Cabbagetown, you can go as low as $19.95 for domestic (Creemore, Steam Whistle, their own house ale) and up to $24.50 for one of their rotating premium selections from local producers like Muskoka and Cameron's, with 20 or so eclectic choices in between.
If you're looking for a deal, this neighbourhood spot in the Bloor West Village has you covered - their house beers, Great Lakes Golden Horseshoe and Red Leaf, are both $14 a pitcher ($10 on Mondays). If you'd like to partake of the other 14 beers on tap, you can grab a jug of suds for $19.50.
Tucked quietly onto Clinton between College and Dundas, the Monarch is the place to go if you're looking to kill a pitcher in Little Italy. They've got 15 taps - all craft, including unusual offerings like challenging brews from Bellwoods - and one cask, with pitchers ranging from $15 (on Monday nights) to $21.
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