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The Best Pubs in Toronto

The best pubs in Toronto carry on the public house tradition of satisfying hunger and thirst with pints galore. These cozy watering holes are here to warm your soul even during the most bone-chilling of Toronto winters, or bask on a patio with a plate of fish and chips in the summertime.

Here are the best pubs in Toronto.


Queen and Beaver
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Queen and Beaver

Elm Street’s pub is English through and through. Feast on Yorkshire pudding on the rooftop terrace or head over on a weekend for Sunday roast. If you’re into footie, there are five large-screens to cheer on your EPL team.

The Wren
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The Wren

Nothing makes a great pub more than craft beer and decadent burgers. This Danforth East saloon-style spot is grilling double flat-top smashed patties and buttermilk fried chicken for theirs. The rest of their southern comfort food menu is just as good.


House on Parliament
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House on Parliament

Weekend brunch is bustling at this Cabbagetown favourite. There’s not one but three patios (two of which are fully covered) at this multi-level Victorian house-turned-pub with an 18-tap selection of beer.

C'est What
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C'est What

This brewpub near St. Lawrence Market has been around for decades. Head downstairs into this charming cellar, located in an historic building, for stellar beer, their whisky bar and board games. You might chance on a musical performance while you’re there.


Betty's
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Betty's

A favourite for George Brown students and unpretentious crowds across the board, this King East gem truly delivers on the dive bar vibe. It’s perfect for groups looking for a boozy hang on a backyard patio.


The Caledonian
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The Caledonian

Haggis fritters, haggis poutine, scotch eggs—if you can’t tell, this Little Italy pub is Scottish. The hospitality is unmatched as is Caledonian’s vast whisky menu, with plenty of tasting flights. You can even buy a bottle and keep it in their Whisky Cage for next time.

Hair of the Dog
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Hair of the Dog

This side-long patio in Church Wellesley Village is a neighbourhood gem. So are the nachos, epic plates of cheesy deep-fried tortillas that you can customize down to the veggie. It’s not hard to adhere to the cute dog-themed decor: sit, stay and bite.


The Local
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The Local

Roncesvalles’ lively pub has a bumpin’ back patio in the summer for pitchers and burgers. The interior is kitchsy and adorable with a small stage for the occasional live performance and colourful twinkly lights.

The Dog & Tiger
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The Dog & Tiger

This Little Italy bistro leans more towards an upscale getaway with a menu focused on sustainable eats and seasonal dishes. There’s two seating areas to enjoy this delicious menu, including a particularly cozy area with a fireplace.

Lead photo by

Hector Vasquez at House on Parliament. Additional photos by Queen and BeaverThe Local and Betty's.


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