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Jan 29, 2009 09:17 PM

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.


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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 ( I also like the Rebel House, Allen's and Dora Keogh ( 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!


    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.

      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.

        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

   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.