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The Best Places to Drink a Pitcher of Beer in Toronto

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / May 8, 2015

beer pitcher torontoThe 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.

See also:

The Best Beer Selection in Toronto
The Best Cheap Drinks in Toronto
The Best Sports Bars in Toronto
The Best Pubs in Toronto

Sneaky Dee's

Sneaky Dee's

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. More »

Victory Cafe

Victory Cafe

This favourite student hangout in the Annex boasts a lovely front patio and some decent pub food. Their draft list includes 13 brews, most of them Canadian craft brews, which will each set you back about $17.95 for a 60 oz. pitcher. More »

Betty's

Betty's

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. More »

The Rhino

The Rhino

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. More »

House on Parliament

House on Parliament

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. More »

The Only Cafe

The Only Cafe

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. More »

Rebel House

Rebel House

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. More »

Stout Irish Pub

Stout Irish Pub

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. More »

Mugshot Tavern

Mugshot Tavern

In addition to 13 taps (pouring all craft beer, all the time), this High Park tavern also offers two weekly rotating casks. (Ever try a mocha IPA? Because they had one in recently.) For local craft beer, a pitcher is $21, while imports will run you $23. More »

Bryden's

Bryden's

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. More »

Monarch Tavern

Monarch Tavern

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. More »

Boo Radley's

Boo Radley's

This unassuming neighbourhood pub in the Junction hosts a lineup of eight taps, each pouring craft beer - from the local (Junction) to the further-flung (Granville Island). They keep things simple with the pricing - a pitcher of each is $21. More »

Pour Boy

Pour Boy

This student pub has two locations - one in the Annex, one in Little Italy - but both boast the same $15.75 pitcher deals on a healthy handful of brews, including Wellington, Blanche de Chambly, and Mill St. selections. More »

Disgraceland

Disgraceland

Brunch spot by day, rowdy dive bar by night, this Bloorcourt bar will pour you a half-dozen different pitchers - cheapskates can get a $14 jug of PBR, while the more discerning may opt for offerings from Junction City, Amsterdam or Wellington for $19. More »

Java House

Java House

While Java House might be better known for its pitchers of sangria, the beer offerings here are wonderfully cheap. The two can dine (and drink) for $25 is one of the better deals around town (two entrees and a pitcher), and there are few better spots to people watch along Queen West. More »

Discussion

18 Comments

Hooligan / May 8, 2015 at 01:55 pm
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Holland!!!

When is the next championship???
Dave / May 8, 2015 at 02:05 pm
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Ever heard of the Black Bull Patio or Future Bakery on Bloor.

Great patios
A / May 8, 2015 at 02:09 pm
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Missing Ten Mile Aroma (east of Spadina and Dundas) - where $6 gets you an entire pitcher. It used to be $5 pitchers, but $6 is still easily the best price you'll find at a bar/restaurant in this city - that is competitive with LCBO/Beer Store prices.

Watch for the tyrannical owner (it's best if someone in your party speaks Mandarin to broker with him).
M / May 8, 2015 at 04:25 pm
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Betty's is King East, no?
James / May 8, 2015 at 04:44 pm
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Dog's Bollocks. No patio, but tons of space, lots of taps, and shit tons of cheap drinks.
Adam / May 8, 2015 at 06:49 pm
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How did this turn into best places for cheap drinks?
Albin / May 8, 2015 at 07:50 pm
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The discount pitchers at Java House are usually Mill Street Lager, a cut above most at the price. It's become a regular stop along QW especially during the Contact Photography month.
Mattie / May 9, 2015 at 04:19 am
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Mill Street Beer Hall And Mill Street Brew Pub have an insanely amazing patio
Donna Inch / May 9, 2015 at 01:17 pm
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Bar With No Name, Bloor W. at Indian Road, has great Craft beer selection on tap at amazing prices
Yuck / May 9, 2015 at 05:03 pm
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The Brunswick House. Back in the day hey were well known for taking the unfinished beer from pitchers left on tables, topping it off from the tap and re-serving it to unsuspecting customers.
Michael / May 9, 2015 at 08:16 pm
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Did BlogTO stop using Google for their maps?
Because the locations are WAY off.
numb numb pyramids / May 10, 2015 at 01:29 pm
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Pour boy for the Win!
Awesome sangria and great beer selection
Mattie / May 16, 2015 at 09:52 am
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Town Cryer? On John Street.
Stephanie / May 26, 2015 at 06:12 pm
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This is a great list NOT packed like sardines is not my idea of fun
free short links / June 7, 2015 at 10:10 am
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Brandon / July 19, 2015 at 05:31 pm
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How is W Burger Bar at Yonge & College on this list?!

$10 pitchers specials everyday and only $2-3.50 shots!
M / July 20, 2015 at 11:08 am
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The Jester on Yonge @ Yonge and St Clair !!!!!!
M / July 20, 2015 at 11:10 am
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32 taps 29 craft brews at the Jester on Yonge ;) http://thejesteronyonge.com/

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