This is a *great* small bar. It is unfortunately only a *decent* beer bar. Usually a decent selection of imports and Ontario craft beers but the selection is limited compared to some other bars in town. The atmosphere is great but varies from cozy to crowded depending on the day. Known for their oysters and seasonal celebrations that make good use of their outdoor space including a skating rink and an outdoor yurt bar in the past. A great spot for a pint for locals, it is out of the way enough that it is worth the trip for visitors looking for the atmosphere, less so for those beer hunting. It’s pretty small if it’s not patio season.
Has an east end charm all its own. Some really good food here but sometimes a let down. Extremely conservative British-oriented draft beer options, not quite but almost boring and about a dozen including stuff like Kilkenny or Smithicks, whatever.
Charmingly weird adaptation of an Irish pub aesthetic to an old garage, with a white picketed courtyard that in the winter becomes a tent-like structure called a Yurt for additional seating. World class oyster shucker runs the place, friendly vibe and the patrons are pretty well sorted out, few unbearable yuppie snobs bother come here just nice folks.
This is a better food place than beer place, but they usually have some decent seasonal selections and occasional cask ale. The patio in the summer is the best place to suck back some oysters, inside is fairly small, prices are VERY reasonable for the quality and portions.
A tad snug inside, but loads of space in the summer. A real cavern feel. A handful of Ontario Craft beer on tap - works for me. Irish./british fare is a bit pricey but tasty. Had the Durham and Chruch Key taps and both were spot on. This place has a boatload of potential if they get a bt more creative with their tap lineup.
A damn cool spot on Queen East. Big, bright patio out front - I love the inset oyster shells in the front area as well. The inside is nice and cozy with a number of different rooms scattered throughout. The bar area is cool - constructed out of granite and also fronts a nice stone wall. I wouldn’t say it’s a beer destination per se, but if you’re looking for an authentic pub experience, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better one than this.
a real irish pub , not like all the commercial immitators that just put an o before whatever name. great meu tho i didnt try the oysters yet. lots of local crafts and a few irish imports - all the usual suspects...
Nice cozy Irish pub. Good beer, good food and friendly wait staff.
Sammy (881) Toronto, Ontario | March 27, 2011| Updated June 16, 2014
far from downtown. Twelve taps, four of which would be considered craft beers, including from McAuslin. A very nice bar inside, and the bartenders though young were professional. This would be much better in warm weather with the large patio area. So not great selection of beer, a huge dedication to whiskey.Friendly enough with both a young and middle-aged crowd. Not a primary destination for beer aficionados, but acceptable if you happen to be in the area, which happens to me every few years.
We visited this unassuming local in the afternoon when things were a bit quiet. The atmosphere is unlike anything I’ve encountered in Ontario. A warming waft of smoked peat greets you at the door and invites you to relax inside the bar’s rustic, comfortable interior. We sat by the window overlooking the patio, where the chalkboard of draught and cask offerings could still be seen. Authentic Celtic music provides the perfect backdrop for pondering the pictures of various Irish landmarks that hang on the walls. A ManU game was playing on the single flatscreen, and with only one other patron in the bar, we enjoyed a quiet conversation while marveling at the delicious food in front of us.
I had the bangers and mash with onion gravy after being told that the mutton stew was not available. My girl went with the local greens and roast tomato soup. Everything was ridiculously fresh and flavourful - the homemade sausages were tender and juicy, the greens had the perfect amount of vinaigrette on them, and the sticky toffee pudding was absolutely sumptuous. As we indulged in our desert, I remarked that I never wanted to leave. My girlfriend nodded in agreement.
For beer I chose the Durham Black Eye on cask as well as a pint of Hop Addict. I also spotted Scotch Irish Stuart’s Session Ale, Church Key Lift Lock Lager, McAuslan Cream Ale, and Murphy’s Irish Stout on tap. The cask was in great form and I was very pleased to find a Durham beer that I hadn’t sampled before. The small selection will likely keep über beer geeks and tickers from visiting, but with a focus on premium imports, Ontario craft brews, and cask ales, the quality makes this a destination in my books.
On our way out we got a chance to speak with owner Patrick McMurray. I told him we had a lovely time and that we plan to return on future trips to Toronto. He said he was turning the patio into an ice rink for kids in the neighbourhood to play on. Clearly this man is dedicated not only to good food and drink, but also the community surrounding the restaurant. If you haven’t been here yet, don’t waste any more time: get down to The Ceili Cottage and take in one of the best pub experiences around.
A wonderful panacea for those depressed by the endless faux Irish pubs in Toronto - and a plain wonderful spot to boot. Inside is cozy and rustic-feeling with lots of exposed brick, handmade wood table and peat smoker. Outside is a nice big patio in the summer with the afforementioned oyster shells embedded - turns into a small skating rink in the winter. Service was a little uneven when it first opened but seems to be much better now and Pat is one of the finest publicans you could ever hope to meet. Menu is small (though to my mind this is more bar than restaurant) but most items I’ve tried have been good and if you like oysters you’re definitely in luck. Very unique for Toronto and one I try to hit whenever I’m in the area.