The Only Cafe | Toronto, Ontario
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The Only Cafe
Excellent based on 27 ratings
Type: Bar

972 Danforth Ave
Toronto, Ontario Canada M4J 1L9 [ print map ]
416 463 7843

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Mayor: Freaky_tiki (8) | Taps: 24 | Bottles: 186


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Beer Available At The Only Cafe (arranged by most recent)
County Waupoos Cider 29, Junction Craft Black Lager 69, Viven Imperial IPA 98, Innocente Confessions 42, Railway City Double Dead Elephant 46, Nickel Brook Pissed Off Petes Pumpkin Porter 67, Amsterdam x Great Lakes Life Sentence IIIPA , Wellington Welly One-Off Winey Crank , Left Field Prospect IPA : Kohatu , Left Field Sunlight Park Saison 69, Spearhead India White Ale 52, Cheshire Valley Ginger Spiced Ale , Neustadt Springs Kiss Of The Adder , Beaus / Kissmeyer Nordic Saison 67, Dieu du Ciel Corne du Diable 97, Great Lakes Brewing Limp Puppet 82, Liberty Village 504 Pale Ale , Oast House Grandmaís Strawberry Rhubarb , Gananoque Rhubarb Witbier , Gananoque Bell Ringer IPA 52
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27 reviews for The Only Cafe
 Ambiance  80%
 Service  79%
 Selection  79%
 Food  50%
 Value  78%
 Overall  76%
 Rating  87%
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  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 10/20
Listigovers  (16) Toronto, Ontario | November 9, 2014
Unbelievable bottle selection, great Canadian micros on rotating tap, reasonable prices on the taps. Really quaint and cozy place to go with close friends, only issue is the lack of food, luckily there are tons of other places in the area to grab a bite before enjoying a drink.
82
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones  (310) Buffalo, New York | November 1, 2014
great spot. Great atmosphere, staff was attentive & knowledgeable. great selection in bottles. Back patio is a great spot tosit with a group & down a few. Iíll be back
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs  (314) Toronto, Ontario | August 6, 2014
Various visits. I thought I had rated this before. The eclectic space has a lot of charm, the space overlaps with the coffee shop next door. Nice patio that I would like to spend more time on but generally has enough smokers on it to push me inside. Tap selection is usually pretty solid, and has a larger bottle list than many comparable places in Toronto, with a mix of imports and locals. Seating is often a premium The long narrow hall past the bar means it can get very cramped when busy, which is likely my biggest complaint. Small patio out front overlooks the Danforth. It is a nice little spot on quieter days but I find it overly cramped when busy for events. Iíd probably like it more if I timed my visits better to be honest! Definitely worth a stop when in the neighbourhood though. No/limited food. Bring in a pizza from Big House next door!
76
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris  (603) Burnaby, British Columbia | July 30, 2014
Kind of a backpacker dive, but to their credit it is a hostel as well. Big selection of locals and a bottle cellar with older limited releases. Service with a smile, but not beer geeks. Food is questionable and I didnít eat. Bartender has a bunch of small appliances for food. Prices are decent, but the sampler is a great way to try multiples. Still pricy though. I would come back to raid the cellar with a larger group.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
samzim  (56) Ontario | June 25, 2014
84
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
pushkinwow  (123) Ottawa, Ontario | January 30, 2014
Ended up here because Sammy mentioned there was a Flying Monkey tap take over and so went out of my way (couple subways but from downtown or anywhere close to the subway its not that much effort to get to) to visit. This place makes me think of a Canadian Tornado although not quite as "exclusive". Its a large room divided in half between a coffee shop and a bar but for all intents and purposed they are separate apart from a curtain at the back that allows you to go back and forth (not sure if they actually allow you to take things back and forth though). Seats are along the bar, small tables beside the bar, and a few larger tables at the back. They have an extensive bottle selection in the fridge or delicious and limited Ontario and Quebec brews and when I was there had a great Ontario focused draft list. Huge plus is that they do 5 samples for $10 of anything on tap but you have to order 5. Food is limited (they were only really making 3 things while I was there) but what I had was cheap and decent. This place had character coming out of the wazoo and depending on the tap list and if you are ok with a bit of a hike on the subway should definitely be visited - heck combine it with some time on the Danforth and your evening/afternoon should be full.
78
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
Hoser  (164) Cowtown, Alberta | November 13, 2013
A dive bar that cares about beer awesome.
94
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 3/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
Helsdon  (13) Toronto, Ontario | August 17, 2013
It might not have all the polish of some of the other Toronto bars, but the Only has been a beergoers haven for decades. The grunginess around the edges, and in the middle, is part of the charm, but it has an unbeatable beer selection. There are things on tap, and in bottles, that Iíve never seen anywhere else. (Good example is the Project X beers from Great Lakes, or Beauís Greener Future membership beers.) No food to speak of, but a great place to have a pint.
86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
AGAquino  (50) Toronto, Ontario | November 28, 2012
Small, somewhat crowded, but quite cozy, and well stocked. Nice tap selection.
94
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 20/20
johncoates  (2) Torono, Ontario | October 16, 2012
One of my favorite places to drink in Toronto. They upgraded their taps last year and it really turned it into one of the best beer bars in Toronto. Itís also one of the cheapest and most ílocalí type place. They have a great patio in the back too. Itís a little out of the way, but totally worth it. They also have the cheapest bottles in the city as well.

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