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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.

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
1

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.

Victory Cafe
2

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.


Betty's
3

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.


The Rhino
4

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.


House on Parliament
5

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.

Only Cafe
6

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.



Rebel House
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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.

Stout Irish Pub
8

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.


Mugshot Tavern
9

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.


Bryden's
10

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.


Monarch Tavern
11

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.

Boo Radley's
12

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.



Pour Boy
13

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.

Disgraceland
14

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.


Java House
15

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.

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