It’s a dark and well worn pub that has regulars at the bar and there’s live music later in the night. Not a bad draft selection however the beer I ordered was served in a dirty glass. I shouldn’t be surprised given the rough edges of this place. There is an outside patio but it was too cold and rainy to take advantage of it. In all honesty, I kind of liked it here. It’s a characterful neighbourhood haunt with a good local crowd.
Been here a few times now. The inside has some nice booths and is just a little rough around the edges, or charming depending on how you want to look at it. Usually a decent tap or three but the tap list varies between pretty good and just okay. The back patio has potential but I find it a bit can sometimes be a bit daunting when busy. Seems to be a lot of locals and regulars. Staff is generally friendly but sometimes a bit rushed/distracted. Worth a visit while in the neighbourhood but not necessarily a top beer destination.
Pretty good for a little hole in the wall of a bar, although just average for a beer destination in Toronto. The patio out back is definitely the highlight for the summer. There are a lot of Ontario tap beers here that seem to rotate along with a few casks. Mostly around the $6-7 range, though naturally the Spearhead costs $8. The bottle selection is limited to a couple of pissy lagers. There was a band covering Johnny Cash songs in the front part when I was there. Back patio is really dark, hence the name I guess.
Small, dark, dank bar. A little bit claustrophobic as well. My wife would definitely hate it - but I really do quite like it. A solid selection on their 20+ taps. One cask that was actually in pretty good condition. Friendly locals and a knowledgable bartender make this a fine spot to grab a pint or two. It’s a welcome spot on the Toronto Pub Crawl itinerary.
2011-03. Visited on a Saturday afternoon last March for a pub crawl, our group took over the bar for about an hour while we got sorted out. We tried a few of their many taps as well as a nice fresh cask (different from the first time I came here, when the cask was sadly not fresh). No food today as our visit was short; the staff was friendly and helpful with the pints. We sat on our red cushy seats in the booths and listened to Bob Marley. Nice to visit if in the area. (4/9/9/NA/10/10) 64%
This place is one of the better beer spots on college. Considering that the majority of bars/pubs on this strip are geared towards a younger crowd that support that industrial crap, this bar is decent. They have a cross blend of micro’s and macro’s. But when i was there they had Densions, Flying Monkey, Steam whistle, Mill st, F&M, and Wellingtons. If your in the area, check them out. Service was great, the lady we had was really friendly and enthusiastic. The patio is neat too, surrounded by exterior walls, the patio has a number of picnic tables that can fit large parties. The only downfall is that they have to clean out the patio by 1AM due to their license. Overall, a good place to re-visit.
Sammy (661) Toronto, Ontario | May 2, 2010| Updated June 26, 2010
a fair number of beers, although bias to micros. Some bottles as well. Student hangout.
Visited with a friend on 12th June 2008 during a holiday in Toronto. Very much in the style of a UK venue, a small pub with a lot of wood and traditional pub fixtures.
Real ales (1) and craft beers kept. Live music staged; contact pub for details. No website could be found at time of visit so best contact pub before travelling to check what beers are on and in the cellar.