It’s the one that started it all: the original firkin pub, though it’s relinquished the “firkin” part of its name to go with its sleek interior and exterior redesign. The sign isn’t the only thing that’s changed. The Fox’s menu has also been modernized with new healthy choices to go along with its traditional British pub chow. Come on a sunny day to enjoy their patio and signature summer cocktails like the Blueberry Brixton and Pimm’s O’Clock.
The Fox, 51 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 416 480 0200
Ready to get Philthy and McNasty? Take a stab at taking on the Showdown Burger: a pound and a half charbroiled beef bathed in cheese and bacon in only seven minutes. Those who can’t stand the heat can chill out outside with a White Freeze cocktail and popsicle on their spacious and comfortable patio.
Philthy McNasty’s, Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 416 482 2273
The Rose and Crown
Located just above Absolute Comedy, this area staple has been known for its live shows featuring great local talent since it opened doors in 1979. When not rocked out into oblivion, The Rose is a great place to sit back with a pint of Guinness. While they have some great classic pub fare, to be sure to check out the pad thai – it’s a stand out.
The Rose and Crown, Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, Canada,+ 1 416 487 7673
A true blue supper club, come to Alleycatz for the Mediterranean-infused menu and intimate dining experience. Then stay for the diverse music offered by various live bands and DJs. Come on Monday for a free salsa lesson or on Wednesday for karaoke. The bar has a varied assortment of cocktails like the Orgasmic Catz, a raspberry vodka martini with champagne, Cointreau, and lime and cranberry.
Alleycatz, 2409 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 416 481 6865
The Duke of Kent
More than 40 years old, The Duke of Kent is one of the oldest bars in the area and the official clubhouse of the Toronto Scottish Rugby Football Club. This two-level British pub offers a relaxed, laid-back vibe and is a great place to unwind after work or school.
The Duke of Kent, 2315 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, Canada,+ 1 416 485 9507
For 20 years, the family-owned Granite Brewery has given the midtown crowd a solid collection of hand-brewed ales like their popular Darkside IPA, Keefe’s Irish Stout, and Hopping Mad. With more than 10 beers brewed on site, this microbrewery also has a beer store. Here you can take your favorite blends home to show your friends.
Granite Brewery, 245 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 416 322 0723
Kramer’s Bar and Grill
This fun dive bar has events almost every night of the week. Come to Kramer’s for trivia every Tuesday or Wednesday, karaoke Friday or Saturday, and live music every Thursday and Sunday. Try out the signature Kramer’s Burger or drink a gallon of the Molson Export they keep on tap. Don’t worry – your wallet will handle it.
Karmer’s Bar and Grill, Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 416 483 0697
The Longest Yard
Those with kids won’t have to worry about judgmental stares at this family-friendly sports bar with an all-day breakfast. Come on Sunday for their popular brunch specials. If your game is politics rather than football, this is the place for you. Since 2000, The Longest Yard has hosted a series of political events where you can place bets on the election even as up-to-date poll trackers wind up. Or, debate the issues of the day with fellow political junkies of different stripes.
The Longest Yard, 535 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 416 480 9273
The Right Wing Sports Pub
The choice is all yours at the Right Wing Sports Pub where you can indulge in 38 different sauces on your jumbo wings half-price on Mondays. Not up for wings? Design your own burger or salad with more than 20 options apiece. With 20 flat screens across the bar, there’s no fear of missing a second of the game, even when playing pool or ping pong in the party room downstairs. Wing fiends who think they’ve seen it all should try and take on The Exorcist, if they dare.
The Right Wing Sports Pub, Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 647 352 7825
Scruffy Murphy’s Irish Pub
Those who prefer their pubs Irish rather than British should check out Scruffy’s by Eglinton and Red Path. Enjoy the eclectic ambience as well as their great selection of beer and daily specials. Come for the fight or live music four nights a week. For a snack, be sure to enjoy the dusted cajun calamari with aioli.
Scruffy Murphy’s Irish Pub, Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 416 484 6637