The Only Cafe | Toronto, Ontario
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The Only Cafe
Excellent based on 28 ratings
Type: Bar

972 Danforth Ave
Toronto, Ontario Canada M4J 1L9 [ print map ]
416 463 7843 | facebook | twitter | food menu | beer menu

Mayor: Freaky_tiki (9) | Taps: 24 | Bottles: 186

The Only Cafe

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Beer Available At The Only Cafe (arranged by most recent)
Nickel Brook High Tea In Exile , Left Field Sour Ale (Hibiscus) , Sawdust City X Northwinds Brews II Men , Sawdust City Pumpkin Pine , Sawdust City Maple Buttertart , Sawdust City Imperial Schwarzbier , Sawdust City Funky Dixieland , Sawdust City Butterflies Slow and Fat , Sawdust City Cool As a Cucumber , Sawdust City Searching for Lomez , Sawdust City X Arendals Little Norway 40, Sawdust City Sagemehl Stadt Festbier , Sawdust City Plantation 1 Row 27 , Big Rig Alpha Bomb IPA , Muddy York Dereliction Double I.P.A. , Great Lakes Brewing Pompous Ass 92, Beaus Bush Fire 71, Oast House Cherry Berliner , Great Lakes Brewing Octopus Wants to Fight IPA 99, Left Field Sunlight Park Saison 78
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28 reviews for The Only Cafe
 Ambiance  80%
 Service  78%
 Selection  79%
 Food  50%
 Value  78%
 Overall  76%
 Rating  87%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 14/20
MarkoR  (16) Toronto, Ontario | September 7, 2015
Cool little place with a nice selection of taps and bottles. Guy doing the bar when I was there this afternoon was not the friendliest of staff, but I would probably return anyway.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 10/20
Listigovers  (26) 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.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones  (312) 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
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs  (435) 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!
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris  (892) 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
samzim  (64) Ontario | June 25, 2014
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
pushkinwow  (128) 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
Hoser  (175) Cowtown, Alberta | November 13, 2013
A dive bar that cares about beer awesome.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 3/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
Helsdon  (14) 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.
  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.

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