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good beer on Dundas West in Toronto

pjstock Dec 3, 2008 10:00 AM

I've got a gang of about 15 gathering for an event at the Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas West) the evening of December 10.

I've been asked to figure out a good gathering place for the beforehand.
#1 Requirement though is that it have GOOD BEER (ideally on tap. Bar Volo would be perfect, but it's too distant.)
#2 Requrement is that they be able to handle 15-ish people.

The Communists Daughter is one thought but I've not yet been there. Anyone know if they have decent beer on tap?

any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


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  1. Marimba RE: pjstock Dec 3, 2008 10:22 AM

    The Communist Daughter seats 15 people tops...it's very small...what about Red Light or If Lounge?...Dakota?...Marimba!

    1. dannyboy RE: pjstock Dec 3, 2008 12:41 PM

      crooked star on ossington maybe? or somewhere on that strip there's tons of stuff popping up right there

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        torontofoodiegirl RE: pjstock Dec 3, 2008 01:08 PM

        The Magpie on Dundas, just west of Bathurst, has a great beer selection.

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        1. re: torontofoodiegirl
          escoffier RE: torontofoodiegirl Dec 3, 2008 06:55 PM

          The Press Club, between Manning and Euclid. Great beer selection and a funky little place.

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          goofibulator RE: pjstock Dec 3, 2008 07:14 PM

          Unconfirmed reply: if proximity is a consideration, there is a new place that opened up beside Bento's service centre, just east of Sheridan and Dundas (that's just a few doors away from Lula). It's called "Henhouse" and would seem to be quite similar in style to Communists Daughter. I popped my head in the day it opened, and I'd call it a 'young hipster hangout' kind of joint. They've got a juke box, lots of second hand, mismatched chairs and tables and such, and seemingly friendly clientele. Not fancy-dancy at all, but a nice vibe. Unsure about beer selection as I haven't yet been, but I'd bet they've got the scenester faves. Large enough for a 15 person party for sure (larger than Communists Daughter) so long as it's not crowded.

          I live just up the street and intend to visit once the economy improves and allows me something approximating a disposable income. I'll report back some years from now.

          That would be it for the immediate 'hood. As others have mentioned, Ossington is the closest gentrified block of coolness, but is a 15-20 minute walk or so from Lula. Longer in heels.

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          1. re: goofibulator
            Marimba RE: goofibulator Dec 4, 2008 08:46 AM

            Isn't that Red Light?...It's supposed to have a brothel theme...whore house, not henhouse...owned by the Sweaty Betty dudes...Marimba!

            1. re: Marimba
              gregclow RE: Marimba Dec 4, 2008 08:49 AM

              No, the Red Light (which I don't think has opened yet) is closer to Ossington. Henhouse is a block west of Dufferin.

            2. re: goofibulator
              airsey RE: goofibulator Dec 8, 2008 08:18 AM

              Does anyone have an update about this place? I live on Sheridan and every night I've come home on the weekend this place is packed. I'm very curious. Do they serve food there? I know it was opened by the girls from the band "The Organ". I thought it was supposed to be a brunch place originally!

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              likescrab RE: pjstock Dec 4, 2008 06:49 AM

              Harbord Room on Ossington. Quick cab ride to Lula.

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                likescrab RE: pjstock Dec 4, 2008 06:50 AM

                Sorry, my bad I meant to say the Ossington, on Ossington. Nice place, nice folks.

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                  maple99 RE: pjstock Dec 4, 2008 07:34 AM

                  Dakota Tavern on Ossington

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                  1. re: maple99
                    Jimmy Palmer RE: maple99 Dec 5, 2008 09:08 AM

                    Press Club. Very very good beer selection. I would also recommend calling Mike ahead of time to book some tables.

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                    pjstock RE: pjstock Dec 6, 2008 03:29 PM

                    WOW! fabulous feedback.
                    I am heading out tonight for a recon mission.
                    thanks all!!

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