Large, maze like pub below street level in Old Town Toronto near St. Lawrence Market. Has a few of its own beers - tried Al’s Cask Ale, which was pretty decent.
Large range of draughts, all were well served. Servers were extremely friendly, very efficient and attentive. They knew the tap beers pretty well, but were not overwhelmingly knowledgeable about the bottle selection.
Bottle selection was small, but interesting. The highlight was Unibroue’s Terrible - neither bartender had ever tried it, so we shared.
Didn’t try the food.
Overall great place, definitely worth a try.
A basement bar that is a good introduction to Ontario beers with many taps on hand. It has a tavern-like atmosphere and the room is split between bar and dining area. The service was indifferent and the bar staff were content on just chatting amongst themselves. I had a disappointing plate of food here. I mean, it was one of the most bland and horrible meals I’ve eaten out. For the beer, it’s worth a look.
A large, down-to-earth, downstairs bar in downtown Toronto with a good reputation for having an extensive range of craft beers, including Al’s Cask Ale brewed specially for them by County Durham Brewing.
(Visited 6 November 2012).
Musty smelling, slightly run-down, generally dead during the day. Not the greatest atmosphere but it is in a good location near St. Lawrence market. Decent selection of local and house brews on tap and more than one cask makes the lack of proper glassware forgivable.
Oakes (818) Vancouver, British Columbia | January 3, 2004| Updated January 8, 2004
Too smoky. Service ranges from grudingly acceptable to downright awful. Good beer list, though. New room is ski lodge/sports bar - ugh. But it does mean more taps!
If you wanted to drink Canadian beers in Toronto and could only go to one place, this should be it. Spectacular selection of micros in top condition. A wide variety of styles, many beers on hand pump, their own beers as well nicely brewed by County Durham, it seems). The staff were friendly and knowledgeable and gave me a few free samples. Not the most lovely place, but you can spend the night reading the menu instead of looking around.
good pub. Three of us had seven beers and some food and walked out for less than 50 CDN (38 USD). Smoking and non-smoking areas, lots of tables and sofas and billiard tables. Servers not beer knowledgeable,
The most impressive draught list I’ve seen in Toronto with both quantity and quality. Large, spacious, modern basement pub where you can easily forget being in a basement. Friendly, respectful and helpful service. Appropriate decoration makes it spacey and welcoming. The house beers are a bonus, not particularly tasty, but a pleasant addition to the already complete menu.
Sort of a mixed bag here. The place itself was beautiful, and the food was fairly good. The beers, hit or miss. The service? Rather spotty. There were 10 people at the bar (I counted) and 8 people behind the bar. And I still sat waiting for another beer for about 5 minutes in a half empty restaurant. The menu was a nice change from the typical brew-pub fare, offering the standard burger, but also with some lighter fare. Prices were reasonable for most of the food. The beer seemed overpriced by a little and the lack of flights, samplers, or pours smaller than 12oz kept me from trying a lot of their beers.