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Pub for First Date?

Hi there, this is my first post here. I searched the board for the answer to my question, but haven't come up with anything yet.

I'm looking for a cozy pub downtown (T.O.) for a first date. I'm looking for something with a decent beer selection and good first date atmosphere (i.e., not too loud or crowded, good for conversation). Am I asking too much for a pub? We want to keep it casual.

Thanks!

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  1. I don't know if this counts as downtown for you, but the Beaconsfield has a pretty good first-date atmosphere (www.thebeaconsfield.com). I also like the Rebel House, Allen's and Dora Keogh (www.allens.to). Also, although the food is pretty sub-par, I like The Artful Dodger on Isabella Street for its central location and fireplaces.

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    1. re: Rabbit

      My vote is with Allens too (although its not really "downtown"). I had a "second" date there and it was great!

      SWS

    2. How about the Victory Cafe on Markham Street? It has excellent beer, pretty good food and good location/atmosphere. Sometimes there is live music so I would check that depending on the night you go.

      http://www.victorycafe.ca/

      1. House on Parliament? It feels cozy to me, but might be too loud for your purposes (I have only been in the summer, so I don't know if it gets as busy during social hibernation season). Food is a notch better than typical pub food though, and it's a small, friendly place.

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        House On Parliament
        454 Parliament St, Toronto, ON M5A3A2, CA

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        1. re: Wahooty

          The Firkins chain might suit your needs. They are very laid back places. The food is hit and miss.

          1. re: pancake

            http://www.thebedfordacademy.com/ great atmosphere around the small bar...nice selection of beers and such...and the food...well..have i said how nice the atmosphere is..the food is fine.

        2. Smokeless Joe's! Great beer selection and the music is never too loud. Knowledgeable staff, too!

          1. I don't know if this is the endorsement you're looking for, but I went to Allen's on a first date and we ended up getting married.