First stop on my Cask Days trip, a convenient lunch spot between the airport and my AirBnB. And I figured if nate2g had been here the place would work for me to. About a block from the Jane subway station. Small covered sidewalk patio. Long bar on one side and restaurant tables. Super friendly staff who knew the beers and the Toronto beer scene well. One brewer sitting at the bar offered Cask Days advice too. Decent beer list, flights of four 4 ounce pours available. Pub was very tasty pub grub plus. Well worth a visit.
Neighbourhood bar way out west on Bloor. Friendly and local vibe. Not the most exciting tap selection with Great Lakes being the pick on my visit. Didn’t take a look at the food menu. Dark and moody atmosphere inside but there is a patio out front.
Our part of Toronto is immeasureably improved by Bryden’s presence! It is a perfect local, for adults, for families with kids, for a post hockey game pint. Greta selection, knowledgeable staff and wonderful ambiance.
Finally popped into this place after reading about some of the selections for Ontario craft beer week. A cozy old place with a few lounge-type couches up front of a medium-sized dining room. The server was friendly, the food was awesome and the prices were good. I don’t know what else you could ask for. Nice to see lots of Great Lakes stuff on tap too.
Update 2013: Food is good, and usually inexpensive for what you get. I really like the wings and their interesting take on a quesadilla. With Junction and Indie Ale House in the west end this becomes part of a potentially great pub crawl! Tap list ranges from just good to excellent depending whats on tap. Original: Been a handful of times now. It is a smallish spot with some character but comfortable. Decent selection of local micros and casks on. Typically at least one good Great Lakes brew on. Staff is friendly. Bit out of the way for me but probably the best spot in this part of town to get a decent beer selection.
Right next to the subway, nice patio, comfy chairs inside. Service was a bit slow, but the place was packed. Food is amazing, especially the nachos. They had some great stuff on tap when I was there, and the wait staff seem to know their beer. I’ll be back for sure.
cratez (256) Toronto, Ontario | March 4, 2012| Updated January 2, 2013
This is my local. Inside sports a comfortable, relaxed, and dimly lit ambience with a couple games on the flatscreens. Mixed crowd minds their own. Food is tasty and well-priced and they always have something new on tap. The cask never lets me down either (usually a hoppy Great Lakes brew). Service is efficient as everything arrives in reasonable time. The beer selection is very good, though some of the taps - pale lagers, cream ales, etc - are a little pedestrian. Still, they get enough rotators to keep things interesting. Overall, Bryden’s is one of the better options in the west end, and it’s also worth considering if you’re staying at the airport (15 minutes away). A cool spot that I’m thankful to have nearby.
My local boozer!! Small enough bar with 16 taps (4 or 5 of which rotate), and a cask. Small paitio out front too. Always a treat when I go, due to the rotating selection they have on tap. Bottled selection is a bit of a let down though. Great staff, very friendly and knowledgeable. The food is good value for money too!