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Bars at Woodbine & Danforth?

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Hi all,

New to the Woodbine and Danforth area, and there is the obvious realization that there is not too much in the way of food or drink around.

I know I'm on the subway line, and a quick hop to Greektown or elsewhere, but sometimes you just want to stagger home quickly after a night of drinking, right?

From what I can see, there seems to be quite a few "scummy" looking bars on the Danforth strip in this area... consisting of lots flannel and too few teeth. So... does anyone know of any decent, clean, and friendly places to get a drink?

Wise Guys Deluxe Grill & Bar looks okay from the outside - has anyone been? I think Relish may be okay for some drinks, although I've heard the food is not so hot. Anyone been to "Sarah's" at Coxwell and Danforth?

Any suggestions/recommendations are appreciated. Thanks!

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  1. "Scummy" sure captures the flavour of our hood! I haven't gone into any of the places along the strip there -- when I want a cocktail, I go to Allen's (Broadview and Danforth), Murphy's Law (Queen and Kingston Road) or Feather's (Vic Park and Kingston Road). There's also a very cute Irish pub on Gerrard two blocks west of Woodbine called McCarthy's. I've been to Sarah's once but found the service quite horrendous -- slow, rude and incompetent. Others rave about it, however, so maybe it was an off night. Let us know what you find if you're brave enough to enter any of the places on the strip.

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    1. re: hmmm

      There's a bar/restaurant right near the northeast corner of Coxwell and Danforth called "TKO". Has anyone ever been? Any good?

    2. Sarah's is nothing to rave about, but they have a nice beer selection and at times, decent food. If you go there expecting bad service and mediocre food, you might have a good experience. If you go expecting great service and yummy food, you'll be disappointed. It's a typical neighborhood spot.
      Maverick's is supposed to be OK, just West of Greenwood, as it the Only Cafe, at Jones. A bit of a hike from Woodbine, but hey, with a few beers in ya, it shouldn't be too bad.
      3's Company Cafe has great food during the day, but I'm not sure they're licensed.

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      1. re: jill

        I believe Maverick's is actually west of Jones - past the Only, almost at Pape. It seems like one of those places filled with regulars, albeit friendly ones.

        1. re: julesrules

          I actually meant the Hargrave, not Maverick's.

      2. I like Sarah's. The food is okay (true, not gourmet), but probably the best place in the neighbourhood to hang out and have a few drinks.

        1. Used to live in the hood until a year, so here are my thoughts:
          1) Sarah's — stopped going many years ago. Service is bad, bad, and really bad. Did I say service was bad. The food is very mediocre, if not bad. I can make better food at home. Sure they have nice beer on tap and it looks nice inside. Otherwise don't recommend it. Don't get there. The other poster did not go there on a bad day. The service is bad.
          2) TKO — quite liked the place, although the smoking ban scared away lot of regulars. The wings are very good, the Chicken Club sandwich was a deal. For pub food, very good. It may look intimidating, but nobody will bother you there. Nick the owner is actually not a bad guy once he stops scowling at you. And guess what? Unlike Sarah's, service is good.
          3) Greek place across the street from Sarah's.... can't recall the name, but got souvlaki takeout from there and it was very good. The people there very nice. Family run business.
          4) Only Cafe. Great beer, excellent brunch. Yes, it's at Danforth & Jones, but it is only $6 cab ride away (believe me..)
          5) In the Danforth/Greektown strip, go to the Auld Spot (although I understand it is under new ownership), the Court Jester Pub, The Willow, and Allen's (a bit pricey).
          6) In the beaches, go to Murphy's Law (great service) and my personal favourite, Captain Jack on Wheeler and Queen. (they have no food on the menu, but a great jukebox, great bartenders and great drinks.)

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          1. re: Frederick

            I'm very surprised at people slagging Sarah's service. I go there about ten times a year and have NEVER had bad service. Or bad food...

            Odd.

            1. re: Frederick

              My wife and 10 of our friends made reservations at Sarah's for brunch last Sunday. When we arrived we were told that we weren't allowed to bring strollers into the restaurant. Our group had 2 strollers and we offered to fold them up and put them off to the side, but they refused to allow us in despite the fact that the place was almost empty. So we hopped on over to 10 Feet Tall where we had an excellent brunch with excellent service. Shortly after, another group of 5 people came into 10 Feet Tall after being refused service at Sarah's because they didn't allow baby strollers.

              Needless to say we won't be going back...stroller or no stroller.

            2. Thanks for all of the suggestions. I will definitely try the recommended places out.

              Cheers!