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Mar 13, 2009 10:41 AM

Queen St. West Bars or Pubs

Hi everyone, I'm planning to meet up with a few friends tonight around 11. Any recommendations for good bars or pubs within walkable distance from Queen and Peter? Doesn't have to be too upscale. Just want not too expensive drinks and decent food. Thanks!

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  1. That's pretty much right beside the entertainment district but I'm guessing that's not what type of scene you're looking for. Here are some options, although I have to admit I haven't eaten at most of them so I can't comment on the food unfortunately.

    Rivoli is right there on Queen and the food is decent. It's got a great "bar" atmosphere and I think this might be the type of place you're looking for.

    Black Bull is also right there but I've never eaten there and it's more of a summer place when the patio is open.

    Tattoo Rock Bar is just on the other side of Spadina and they definitely serve food, although I've never eaten there and the drink prices are more in line with other large scale clubs. It's loud so not the kind of place to sit down and have drinks at that time of night.

    There's also a bar/restaurant directly across from Tattoo (on the north side of Queen) that serves really cheap drinks. Haven't tried the food and can't remember the name unfortunately (but you'll definitely recognize it).

    I've gone for dessert late night at Everest on the north side of Queen just east of John and while the food wasn't memorable it does become somewhat bar-ish on weekend nights, I think they might even have a dj. Or maybe that was East beside it (do not recommend the food there).

    There's a Friar and Firkin one block east of Peter on John and Queen if you're into that kind of thing.

    Ultra is right there but its definitely a club, not a bar and the drinks are expensive. The food is pretty good though. I'd save it for the summer because they have a great rooftop patio.

    The Rex is a few blocks east at St. Patrick and Queen. It's a jazz bar that has been around forever (since my parents went to U of T!) and the drinks are reasonably priced. The one meal I've had there was ok but I've seen lineups there on weekends.

    If you're willing to go into the entertainment district there are tons of "bar" options, such as Black Betty at Richmond and Duncan but I'm not sure about the food situation.

    Oh, there's also a strip of bar/pub/restaurant type places on the east side of John between Richmond and Adelaide but I think they tend to be a bit pricier.

    There's also the area on the south side of King between John and Spadina. These restaurants are probably open late on weekends but it seems like chowers tend to stay away from this strip. Most of these places wouldn't be considered bars though.

    So basically there are lots of options, depending on which criteria you're focused on; price, good food or atmosphere.

    Personally, I would probably go to a bar like Tattoo for some drinks and then afterwards if I was hungry I'd go for chinese at Swatow or Poutine at Smokes, but that's just me.

    Black Bull
    298 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

    The Rivoli
    334 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

    Tattoo Rock Parlour
    567 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

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    1. re: foodio

      Thanks for the detailed reply foodio. We did end up going to the Black Bull, but unfortunately the kitchen was closed by the time we got there. Definitely interested in trying the Rivoli next time.

    2. The Hideout is a pretty chill and cheap place (it's the unnamed spot across from Tattoo) with some decent food. 11 for Tattoo probably means a line and all that BS (it's a fun club but it is a club).

      There's the Paddock on Bathurst just south of Queen. Very relaxed place.

      178 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5V2R4, CA

      Hideout on Queen
      484 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

      1. The new Adelaide Street pub is close... as is Smokeless Joe's at Richmond and John.