The Only Cafe | Toronto, Ontario
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The Only Cafe
Excellent based on 23 ratings
Type: Bar

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

Mayor: DerWeg (6) | Taps: 24 | Bottles: 186

The Only Cafe

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De Molen Mooi & Meedogenloos (Beautiful & Ruthless) 98, Gananoque Bell Ringer IPA , Great Lakes Brewing Apricot Tart , West Avenue Saaz and Citra , Great Lakes Brewing Limp Puppet 82, West Avenue Gold Dust , Sawdust City The Princess Wears Girlpants 87, Dieu du Ciel Pťchť Mortel en FŻt de Bourbon Amťricain 100, Oast House Cousin Abbey Dubbel , Side Launch Wheat 57, Great Lakes Brewing Karma Citra 99, Indie Alehouse Instigator Pale Ale 94, Northwinds Rooster Tail , Nickel Brook Continental Drift , Beaus Channel Ocho 72, Kensington Black Market , Flying Monkeys Sonic Elegance Belgian DIPA 69, Oast House The Mayorís Craic , Wellington Terrestrial India Brown Ale 78, Oast House Bessie Brown
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23 reviews for The Only Cafe
 Ambiance  80%
 Service  80%
 Selection  79%
 Food  50%
 Value  80%
 Overall  78%
 Rating  85%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
samzim  (45) Ontario | June 25, 2014
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
pushkinwow  (121) 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  (162) 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  (9) Toronto, | 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.
  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.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
solidfunk  (165) Washington D.C., Washington DC | June 17, 2012
Wonderful place in Toronto. Hit up this place after going to a Moroccan restaurant nearby - great food followed by great beer. Atmosphere inside is great with all the framed paintings. Extra points for Madre Teresa drinking a beer with Fidel and Bob Marley out on the sweet patio. Has an enormous selection of Belgian bottles, and a whole bunch of good Canadians and other stuff. Prices are very good for Toronto, most bottles hang around the 7.50$ range. They have a lot of Ontario and Quebec stuff on tap as well, all of Ontarioís best. This place is also a hostel, so thatís probably partly responsible for the cool, colourful atmosphere.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee  (502) Toronto, ON, Ontario | April 20, 2012
This is a damn cool spot over on Danforth and Coxwell. A tight space up front with more in an adjoining coffee shop type space - I usually camp out by the coolers up front. A solid selection of craft beers and a great deal on flights as well (5X5 oz for 10 bucks). An extensive bottle selection as well with some stuff that Iíve not seen anywhere else. Iíve never eaten here, so I canít comment on the food. Itís got a nice chill vibe and they keep theyíre website up to date with tap lists (which is shockingly rare for something thatís so easy to do). Itís got a chill vibe. Itís a great spot to while away an afternoon.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 2/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 15/20
Spab  (51) Toronto, Ontario | April 6, 2012
Small little spot (although with a pretty big patio), a touch rough around the edges but in a sort of charming way. Has a nice selection of mostly Ontario craft beers (and the odd Quebec one) on draft. Taps seem to change gradually but do evolve. Even have a cask now. Bottle selection is largely interesting and seasonal LCBO stuff but there are a few more hard-to-find ones. Service is usually pretty friendly and reasonably knowledgeable. Some of the cheaper pints in the City. The real downside is the food - I only ate there once but both my wifes and my food was terrible, and Ive heard similar tales from others. However, theyre always willing to let you bring in outside food (heck, usually the staff are running out to grab a pizza slice or shawarma) which is definitely the way to go if youre hungry. But worth going to nonetheless.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
cratez  (198) Toronto, Ontario | February 24, 2012| Updated February 25, 2012
Went here for the first time in November 2011. Itís a small spot with a relaxed and welcoming vibe. Packed when we came, and no food available, but we managed to snag three seats at the bar and the beer selection is very good. Featured draughts were Publican House Head of the Trent Vienna Lager (which I regret not trying), Amsterdam Black Friday CDA, and Cheshire Valley Galaxy Pale Ale, so they seem to get the harder-to-find taps. Bottles are an extensive mix of LCBO seasonals and features and various private orders. In fact, they probably have the fourth best bottle selection in the province, next to barVolo, beerbistro, and Gambrinus. I had a fresh pint of Mad Tom IPA and a bomber of Rogue Northwestern Ale. Bartender was happy to provide samples and my non-beer geek friends really liked the place. I will definitely come back, as they offer a large and interesting range of craft beers in an unpretentious environment with reliable, attentive service. Great watering hole.

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