Kingston Beer Guide: Your Kingston guide to beer, beer bars, breweries and brewpubs

Latest reviews from Kingston

52 /100 1 JOHNSON ST
“Solid hotel located downtown closed to the water. The hotelbar is - for a hotel bar - well sorted and there are 6 different beers on tap. Two of them where local brews, 2 craft and 2 macros. Expert knowledge by the bar staff. Nice to have a look, if you stay there.“
dunklermessias 121 days ago
76 /100 34 CLARENCE ST.
“Brewpub located downtown and just 2 minutes from waterfront. Looks like a irish pub, but with a good selection of local and Canadian craft beers. No flight, but small sizes possible. Food was ok, but the beers was the better choice. Crowded on a weekdays evening, so staff was smart and pleassant, but also very busy.“
dunklermessias 121 days ago
48.5714285714 /100 6 PRINCESS ST
“I was here at St Patrick's Day. Infernal, boozy ambiance. They have quite many taps but mostly macro names. No real reason to visit here tickwise but it has central location.“
TBone 230 days ago
60 /100 34 CLARENCE ST.
“Kingston Brewing Company is in the downtown of Kingston. This is a brewpub: it looks more like an old Irish pub than modern taproom. It was Sunday but St. Patricks Day so place was full of people. 28 taps with lots of craft and some own beers. The ones I had were average at most.“
TBone 230 days ago
70 /100 177 PRINCESS ST
“SanTur is very close to Stone City Ales. Fairly new place, I think they opened late 2018. Large one room place. Beers are medicore but food probably the best we had during the NA tour. Flights available.“
TBone 230 days ago
58.5714285714 /100 275 PRINCESS ST.
“This taproom is in Downtown of Kingston. One room place with attached bottle shop. Flights and food available. Pretty good beers. Certainly one place to visit when you are in Kingston.“
TBone 230 days ago
72 /100 34 CLARENCE ST.
“As we passed by to shop for parts for my car, nice bar/micro brewer. Some good selection from other breweries such as Crooked Stave and Dunham.“
azzurro 359 days ago
68 /100 3-675 ARLINGTON PARK PLACE
“2018-09-02. Nice small tap room at the front of the brewery. Bar stools and a couple of church pew booths. Six beers on tap today. Flights are super cheap at $1.70 for a 6oz glass but that's almost too big if you are just passing through like we were! Server was super friendly and helpful. With a couple of exceptions the beers were unfortunately mostly not to my tastes. Worth a visit but ymmv.“
jercraigs 428 days ago
82 /100 34 CLARENCE ST.
“We really enjoyed it here. It helps that it was summer and nothing beats sitting outside drinking beers in the summer in Canada. Had a couple spectacular offerings and there beers were decent. Food was good. Will be back.“
jb 456 days ago
68 /100 631 FORTUNE CRESCENT UNIT 10
“A nice little brewery in a strip mall in Northern Kingston. Plenty of parking, wifi, friendly service. Small food menu with inexpensive options. Beers are OK at best, nothing special. 4 X 5 ounces for 8$.“
Lubiere 466 days ago
76 /100 34 CLARENCE ST.
“2018 Update. Tap list here is much improved in recent months with a good selection of local and Ontario wide beers. Decor and atmosphere is much the same, to it's benefit. /// 2013-05-01. You kind of have to stop here if you are in town but I find the beers are a bit less than stellar. The food has always been good. They are now doing "chef’s specials" that are a bit more upscale than the usual pub grub. The braised beef and mashed potatoes I had were superlatively good. Their two biggest sellers are now being contract brewed off-site apparently. Definitely still worth a visit while in town. 4/8/8/9/na/14 - 68 ///// RBSG 05. Food was awesome, burgers. Waitress (Nicole) was especially friendly and accommodating when I said I was driving so would only be sampling a little bit. Even loaned me a pen when mine conked out. This place grows on me with each visit. -------------------“
jercraigs 484 days ago
70 /100 34 CLARENCE ST.
“This place has been around for 20 plus years and benefits from an excellent location between Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Syracuse, and New York. It is right near the water in an ivy league college town and the people by nature are very friendly. The bar itself is small, however there is a very large deck and large tables and lots of regulars. This place is open to 2 a.m. daily regardless. You know you can come here and get a drink and its not dark and you can talk to someone. It is very relaxing. Average age is about 40, with a large percentage of mid-20s. Lots of staff, always busy but you never wait for a drink. Staff did not know much about the beers.People were here for hours. Beer is very reasonable, and there are 2 casks and 12 taps, most of them guest taps. Update 12 years later: This place has not changed a bit physically in 12 years. Home beers not so great. Decent guest taps for out of town bar. Very good service. Need to consider samplers when not (if ever) busy. “
Sammy 497 days ago
68 /100 631 FORTUNE CRESCENT UNIT 10
“good stop. some of beers bang on style. reasonable style. some food. reasonable stop in west end with red house next door.“
Sammy 713 days ago
68 /100 3-675 ARLINGTON PARK PLACE
“a new place with competent cleanly executed beer. kim. the server was a home brewer so uncommonly knowledgeable service.a hidden gem on beer. no food.“
Sammy 713 days ago
74 /100 275 PRINCESS ST.
“a stop from Montreal to toronto if you are up to it. above average beer for canada overall which is a big standout in this region. solid everyday lineup with worthwhile one offs.i don't eat outside my house but two buddies liked the nouveau cuisine. “
Sammy 713 days ago
68 /100
Red House (Bar)
369 KING ST
“16taps. next to riverhouse west end. central kings to. 2.5 years. also a downtown. ip and coming.“
Sammy 713 days ago
80 /100 275 PRINCESS ST.
“Been twice now, both stopping in between lunch and dinner. Nice patio out front, lots of parking on the streets nearby, and a small number of tables inside with decent bar stools. Staff were friendly and knowledgeable, second time around they had 9 taps with 4 regulars and 5 special releases; even better all of them were available to go in bottles and growlers. Flights of 3 (of anything) were 6 or 8 dollars and food was delicious. Worth stopping into for sure.“
pushkinwow 834 days ago
52 /100 275 PRINCESS ST.
“In central Kingston, probably sits some 50 people plus some 10 outside. I went twice at around 8pm, crowded both days. Very noisy to the point of being unpleasant. They had 2 good beers: Unchartered IPA and Milkshake, I tasted others but they were bland and boring. They were out of the stout. I had a plate of bland cheeses and brecciaola with sauces ok. Best craft place in Kingston but far below Canada standards!“
Blmarques 868 days ago
78 /100 275 PRINCESS ST.
“2016-12-08. Smaller than I expected, it was fairly quiet before 5:00 and then filled up quickly on a Thursday night. Chicken and waffles with sweet hoisin sauce was tasty snack. Beers available by the six oz pour so you can try before committing. Decent number of their own beers and a handful of guests. Fewer taps than I expected. Chalkboard has decent selection of ciders as well, I assume by the bottle? Bottles are a bit pricey but I guess they are meant for sharing. Server was friendly and made some informed recommendations. Nice spot, beers are solid. Mix of tables, bar stools and a high top, bar stools could use backs like the chairs. Overall a nice spot. Would definitely come often if I lived in town.“
jercraigs 1062 days ago
60 /100 500 PRINCESS STREET
“Beer shop with an odd set-up. Only a part fo their stock is on display in the shop but they have a tablet where you can search through a database showing their entire stock. They did have some more interesting stuff but many products were only available in six packs. I only wanted singles and the available range for those was rather narrow, and seemed to be limited to the more pedestrian beers. Prices were good. Guess that there is no better beer shop in town but this place did not inspire me to want to make a repeat visit.“
UKBeerGeek 1125 days ago
70 /100
Red House (Bar)
369 KING ST
“We visited on a Wednesday evening. Busy pub, close-ish to the waterfront. Was easy enough to get served at the bar. Tap selection was not terribly interesting, tried the Nicklebrook Pumpkin Porter though and liked it a lot. Prices seemed OK. Place was a bit dingy and noisy but I have definitely seen worse.“
UKBeerGeek 1125 days ago
74 /100 275 PRINCESS ST.
“Modern brewpub in downtown Kingston. Quite busy on the Wednesday evening that we visited but atmosphere was quite relaxed. Service was friendly. I ordered a flight of three of their own beers. The Uncharted IPA and Rathlin Gael were both rather good. Think there were only five taps on offer in total. Didn’t try any food. Prices seemed OK. We only tried one other bar in town but this is probably the best that the area has to offer.“
UKBeerGeek 1125 days ago
74 /100
Red House (Bar)
369 KING ST
“Visited Friday night when it was very loud and busy. Service was as good as could be expected. Didn’t eat. Modest selection of good beer.“
TheJester 1276 days ago
82 /100 275 PRINCESS ST.
“Excellent, friendly, knowledgeable service. The place is a little tight. Food is limited but very good. The same can be said for the beer selection.“
TheJester 1276 days ago
60 /100 34 BARRACK STREET
“Went there on February 21, 2016, in late afternoon after the hockey game, which is across the street. Fairly size LCBO for its downtown location, I chose that one because there was a better selection in Kingston. There is two beer section, most of the macro, fruity beer and ciders at the far end of the check out aisles, the rest at the far end of the store (of course). The selection could have been better, given where they are in the city, but it was not that bad. The import selection was very poor, but I was looking mostly Ontario beers, so I’m reasonably satisfied!“
Quevillon 1356 days ago
82 /100 275 PRINCESS ST.
“Visited on February 20, 2016, in early afternoon (and back the following evening). Located in the downtown commercial part of Princess Street, in a large multipurpose building. Although small for a brewpub (a bit like Bellwoods in TO), it has a very modern urban feel to it, as opposed to KBC and most pubs in Kingston. Fairly simple arrangement inside, with the brew shop in front as you enter and the second door for the pub on your left. Despite its size, its very spacious, medium small bar, about a dozen tables, typical urban decor. One decor I like was the taps, together they form a map of the city. The service was good, friendly and fairly knowledgeable. The beers themselves are far more interesting and adventurous the the ones from KBC, especially the sour IPA with Sawdust. I did not partake in any food, mostly because I just ate, maybe next time. The crowd is of mixed age, but but more hip then the older places. As far as I’m concerned, Stone City is a breath of fresh for the Kingston beer scene!“
Quevillon 1357 days ago
66 /100 34 CLARENCE ST.
“The Kingston Brewing Company is housed in an old fashioned frontier style building close to the harbour front and the old railway station. The decor is very busy with the walls covered in pictures, bar mats and trays. The Adnams poster just like the one we have in our kitchen made me feel at home and the huge papier mâché polar bear wearing a bib made me smile. There were no flights or samplers but we were offered a taste of everything before committing to a full pint and the service was friendly. (Visited 7 November 2012).“
Boudicca 1374 days ago
66 /100 34 CLARENCE ST.
“Have visited a couple times in the past few years. Beer list is interesting enough to tempt the wayward traveller, but not enough to draw tourists. Solid food menu, a bit more upscale than just a pub. Worth keeping an eye on. (4/9/7/8/8/13) 66“
mabel 1415 days ago
70 /100 275 PRINCESS ST.
“Only had drinks. Nice place to sit and relax and have a pint. Beer to go as well. Must stop in Kingston.“
cfrancis 1456 days ago
8 /100 14 GARRETT STREET
“Turned off the Blue Jay’s elimination game in the 8th inning to play Kings of Leon. Entire bar was chanting for the Jay’s to be put back on and they insulted us. Loved the palce and was a loyal patron, would never go back.“
qqwwwwwwww 1481 days ago
74 /100 500 PRINCESS STREET
“The Old Beer Store has come a long way in the last 35 years. Well, the have craft beer and sell singles now. Very large selection and they find them and bring them out in good order. I was able to run the 4 blocks from Stone City Ales select and buy 5 different cans of beer and make it back before my wife and friends finished their lunch and drinks. Success!“
Ron 1555 days ago
74 /100 34 CLARENCE ST.
“I stopped in here for a fast pint after my traveling companions got lost in the crowd on the street. Only a few stools at the bar, but most were sitting at tables at lunch time. Small selections of beers were seen. No beer listing. I had a nice stout. My $20 rang up as $24 their money. I downed my stout quickly and went looking for my friends so we could make the next ferry back to the states.“
Ron 1556 days ago
72 /100 275 PRINCESS ST.
“We stopped in for lunch and a flight of beers last Friday. We had some enjoyable beers from the small selection they offered. The Deez nuts were great with the beer. My only complaint is their poor excuse for a pulled pork sandwich. The menu has a price if you want 1 or 2. 2 pulled pork sandwiches!! How could I ever eat so much! Turns out saying they are small is a understatement! 2 bites per sandwich! I looked at my friend who got a grilled cheese sandwich and it was so big she could not finish it. I paid so much more for so less sandwich. (Yes, there was a small amount of meat in mine... I think)“
Ron 1556 days ago
78 /100 275 PRINCESS ST.
“I really liked this spot, one of the coolest brewery tap rooms I’ve been to in Canada if you exclude the full brewpubs like DDC and whatnot. Service was great. The half dozen or so beers on tap were solid to really good. Small plate food was excellent. Great location. Nothing bad to say.“
rejtable 1564 days ago
76 /100 275 PRINCESS ST.
“Really the only thing of its kind in Kingston, Ontario. Pretty adequate place, and now that I’ve finally tried it I’m inclined to drop by more often at least for curiosity value. I walked by many times, often the place was packed to the gills with students and other assorted millennials. A little bit noisy and over crowded! I went in on a relaxed sunny Monday this week, and tried pretty much all the samples I could. At three dollars plus tax and tip, five ounces costs what a half pint used to cost in this province! The tab adds up very quickly, and the growlers aren’t exactly cheap at $14 +5 dollars deposit, but the beers are pretty decent. Most of what they sell leans towards a bitter finish hard hop edge. Looking forward to see what this young brew pub does as it matures!“
DerWeg 1670 days ago
78 /100 275 PRINCESS ST.
“Visited on a Sunday afternoon. Open spaced, well-lighted place with the windowed garage door that opens to Princess street and the glass-enclosed brewery. Modern and industrial ambiance. 8 beers on draught including one guest tap to sample in pint or flight (3). We didn’t get anything to eat, but there was cheese/charcuterie board, sandwiches and snacks on the menu. 32oz and 64oz growler to go. Obligatory stop from now on.“
ametras 1820 days ago
50 /100 34 BARRACK STREET
“Poor, even by the fairly low standards of the LCBO chain. To avoid.“
sic1314 2000 days ago
84 /100 34 CLARENCE ST.
“Feels like going back in time about 30 years. Very old school brewpub, own beer is OK, decent selection of Ontario micros.“
sic1314 2000 days ago
70 /100 34 CLARENCE ST.
“Venerable brewpub, downtown location close to the waterside. Just popped in as we were passing through. Very English pubby feeling atmosphere. Most of the beers seemed UK-inspired too from what I got to try. Unfortunately that was only a couple as we didn’t have a lot of time and there was no facility for getting tasting flights. Nothing world-shattering but OK. Food was fine.“
chriso 2056 days ago
68 /100 34 CLARENCE ST.
“Friendly, family-conscious, very local vibe, a bit relaxed and dive-pub style, food passable, beer is just OK and occasionally good or even very good, no helpful beer listing and one has to ask about every beer or the ABV, home. Have to go, they support largely micro Ontario, and brew the odd one-off.“
DerWeg 2141 days ago