The top 10 bars and pubs with cider on tap in Toronto
The top bars with cider on tap in Toronto are ideal summer destinations. More and more Toronto bars are offering this fruity and gluten free alternative, which ranges from the sweet to the refreshing. There's even a few local offerings that have made their way onto cider lists around the city.
Here are my top picks for bars with cider on tap in Toronto.
This Bloorcourt bar has officially put Canadian cider Waupoos back on tap for the warmer weather. Grab a spot on their busy backyard patio and drink a pint of this semi-sweet and dry cider.
Tequila Bookworm is now offering two 100% Ontario made ciders, Duxbury from Meaford and Revel from Hamilton. But, if neither of those tickle your cider fancy, they also have a rotating list of bottles and cans to choose from. They also offer cider flights if you're not sure which one to choose.
The Hogtown Cure
Brickworks Cider is quickly becoming a staple for bars and restaurants around the city, and you can now get it on tap at The Hogtown Cure on Dundas West. A dry cider pressed right here in the city, it's a must try for local cider lovers. They recently added the Brickworks Peach premium cider as well.
This Leslieville favourite always has a cider option for those who prefer to skip beer. The West Avenue Heritage dry cider (a family run Toronto made cider) is currently on tap but they like to change things up every once and awhile. I'm crossing my fingers for the West Avenue Blueberry Scrumpy Cider. Grab a pint and head to their secluded back patio!
The Only Cafe
The Only Cafe has long been a favourite for craft beer lovers. Their extensive beer book (24 taps and 1 Cask) is very impressive and includes more than one cider. Ironwood, Spirit Tree and Druxbury are all available here. Taps do however rotate fast, so I wouldn't be surprised if some new ones were available later on in the summer at this Danforth staple.
WVRST is updating their classic beer hall style by adding a ton of new and local ciders into the mix. A quick glance at the beer book shows nine different canned ciders available, and their rotating taps are always offering a different selection. Currently they're pouring Twin Pines Cider, but check their twitter feed @WVRSTbeerhall to see the latest selections.
Bar Volo has established itself as a real champion of craft beers and over the years, which has now expanded to include ciders as well. If you're over the popular dry apple ciders, check out the West Ave Cherriosity Cherry cider they have on tap. It's a little more tart than its apple or pear counterparts, but just as thirst quenching.
Cider lovers looking for a more traditional pub style experience should head to The Bristol. They've got the sweeter West Avenue Cider and a drier option in the Waupoos. One of these local ciders will be great with the traditional British and Indian fare on the menu.
Clinton's substantial patio can be enjoyed with a pint of West Avenue on tap. If the weather makes a turn for the worse you can take it in to either the tavern side or (from Thursday to Saturday) one of their epic dance parties.
Parkdale's The Tennessee keeps things local with Brickworks Cider on tap. Enjoy this local press on their cozy back patio or take in one of their live music or open mic events.
What places did I miss? Let us know in the comments below.
Photo from the Tennessee by Jesse Milns.
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