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Best pub in the Yonge/Eglinton area

Looking for a good place to meet up with friends in the Y/E area. Top priority is a great selection of beers, good food and snacks are secondary. I've tentatively chosen the Bow and Arrow near Davisville but I'd appreciate some alterate suggestions or opinions.

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  1. The pub "Duke of Kent" is pretty good... newly renovated patio is small but lively most temperate evenings/ happy-hours. Food is token pub-fare and it's decent the two times I've had it. Hot and crispy chicken fingers and fries went nicely with the frosty pint. They claim to only use fresh never frozen foods, which is great if it's true. Most nights feature a dinner 'special' of sorts.
    Crowd is typically 25-50ish. Inside is cozy, and the bar is usually dotted with crimson-faced regulars. The decor is nod to the true Brit-style pubs, but Duke does it well. Great if you're looking for a cozy place to have a pint.

    The Rose and Crown is usually busier (few steps north of Duke), with a usually slightly younger more vibrant crowd. Have not tried their food but I hear they make a mean deep-fried mars bar that I'm curious to try!! anyone given that a go?

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    1. re: amycakes22

      Duke of Kent : don't go there for Cabbage and corned beef, mostly on St. Patrick's day. Horrendous. Wrong spot for this.

      Duke of Kent
      2315 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P 2C6, CA

    2. Take a look at the Longest Yard on Mt Pleasant and Soudan (I think). It's a more modern space, and should fit what you're looking for.

      1. i lived up there for 3 years. good pub? nothing within an immediate walk. i think that the Firkin, which is not a good looking pub whatsoever but has an ok patio, serves Hoegaarden.

        otherwise, there really is nowhere that has great beer. i personally never liked the Granite's beer (tasted like stuff you made via kits at your own home).

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        1. re: atomeyes

          I disagree ... I think the Granite has some of the best beer in Toronto. Their cask beers are terrific.

          Note: The Bow and Arrow has closed and is being replaced ... I don't know if the replacement is open yet.

          1. re: atomeyes

            I have to agree with MattB on this one. If only kit beers tasted this good! I'm not fond of the food at the Granite, but the beer is outstanding. Plus, they have a great patio out back in a garden like setting.

            Of course, nobody can tell you what kind of beer you like, but you might consider giving the Granite a another try.

            To the OP, the Granite has a great selection of English style ales, as fresh as you could hope for. It's not a great choice if you are looking for a specific brand or a beer that falls outside of the English style.

            1. re: atomeyes

              I completely disagree on Granite's beer. My 2 favourites are Keefe's Irish Stout (one of the best stouts in the province) and Hopping Mad (a nice IPA in about the mid range of bitterness for the style). They always have a couple beers on cask, so make sure to go for those if you haven't had cask beer before.

              The food at Granite isn't anything special, but it isn't any worse than the rest of the pubs in the area.

              1. re: kwjd

                my husband loves the beer at granite - well some of them. i love the cajun salmon salad - best grilled salmon dish i've had in the city. and i stand by that. but the service REALLY leaves a lot to be desired.

            2. I lived in the area for ten years. The Bow & Arrow went down hill until it closed. The Blue Meanie was good while it existed. The only two good pubs still existing are Granite and The Longest Yard. Everything else has The Usual Suspects on tap. Meh.

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              1. re: lister

                AGREE w. MattB Granite Brewery ROCKS! They brew on-site about a dozen different kinds of beers, all available in what I call their "moonshine" jugs (1.5 liters or so). Runs about $12 for your first jug, and then if you bring it back the empty it's about $8 to refill ! Very affordable and very tasty beer. The "Ringberry" is my favorite!!!!! Tons of variety for the picky palette, and a knowledgeable staff.
                I have heard terrible reviews of their food, but I've always just stuck with the beer and it has never disappointed ;)

                1. re: amycakes22

                  the food is indeed quite awful.
                  swore it off a few years ago.
                  as far as beer selection, i remember only liking one, maybe 2. and i'm very into beer. but to each his own.

              2. Cam's Place has a good selection of beers, and decent freshly made foods.

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                1. re: Snarf

                  we've made Cam's our new local. yummy sweet potato fries and a wide variety of beer/wines

                2. Hahaha, I'm glad you guys have me the heads up on the Bow and Arrow, it would've been my typical disastrous planning if I didn't ask. I have been to the Longest Yard and it was pretty good. I'm interested in Granite, but if the food's that bad... then it may be a cause for concern.

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                  1. re: Blueicus

                    Pubs in general have that sour smell of years of spilled beer and stale smoke baked into the walls and seats. Yummy. Have you considered the Pickle Barrel? They have a bar and a restaurant. The food's cheap too.

                    1. re: eatsmart

                      The food may be cheap, but it's not very good.

                      1. re: TorontoJo

                        I have a great idea for a new board:

                        Cheaphound .....for those who live to be cheap.



                  2. The Dizzy opened a location at Yonge & Eg, I've always liked their selection on tap and find the food a step above pub food, great burger +wings! Smallish place though, compared to the Duke or Firkin.

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                      1. re: JaclynS

                        Dizzy's is really good, the food is nice but a bit more expensive than most of the pubs in the area. Well worth a visit.

                        I lived in the area for the better part of 6 years and my favourite is the Rose and Crown, the menu is really good and they have a good selection of beers. It is a great local pub with good prices and good food. At Yonge and Eg they are few and far between. Every night they have a theme night of specials. If you are going on Thursday it is Bangkok night and they have a really good pad thai.

                        1. re: Kooper

                          and the live music at R&C can be fun if you're in the mood for Tom Petty

                        2. re: JaclynS

                          I second Jaclyn - Sports bar -- Mussels are good too --

                        3. If you are looking for great beer selection as the main criteria, I would go with the Granite. The food is not awesome and I wouldn't say much about the atmosphere. If you are intending to enjoy your beers and focus on discussion with your friends, then food and surroundings don't matter as much. The Longest Yard has better food, but it's often really busy - crowded and loud doesn't make for good conversation. The Rose and Crown has a much more relaxed atmosphere but not a great beer selection. The Bow and Arrow is to be replaced by a place called the Twisted Kilt...can't wait until they open up!

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                          1. re: cheeser

                            Dropped in to Twisted Kilt for a quick lunch this week and took one for the team!
                            The waitress' fake kilt was my first clue.
                            Ordered the daily special sandwich, pork loin and white cheddar on a bun with fries and slaw. ($10 + t & t)
                            32 minutes later (!) it arrived.
                            Pork much too chewy - - difficult not to pull the whole piece out of the bun.
                            White cheddar quite good.
                            Slaw overloaded with thyme - awful.
                            Fries - white and flaccid - grossly under done. Properly cooked they would have been quite good and I would have sent them back if the waitress, manager or bartender had even glanced in my general direction, but by the time they did I was late for my appointment.
                            There were 16 patrons for lunch while I was there and if that overtaxes the kitchen I am pessimistic about improvement.

                            Twisted Kilt
                            1954 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

                          2. Dizzy, on Yonge. North of Eglinton. Tiny place, sports bar. Not the best selection of beers but friendly service. The food is very good and portions are huge.

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                            1. re: lamaranthe

                              The beer list at Dizzy is small but it's well chosen.

                              1. re: taterbrandy

                                Which beers do they have there? Their website seems to be down.

                              2. re: lamaranthe

                                I lived at Yonge and Eg for six years. Dizzy is the best nice pub in the area, great food, great beer and reasonable prices.

                                The best 'local pub' (cheap) is the Rose and Crown, good beer, good prices and good food. Yes it was better before it reopened but it is still far better than the Main event or any of the competition.

                                Rose and Crown
                                36 Ontario Rd, Mitchell, ON N0K1N0, CA

                                1. re: Kooper

                                  Since moving to Lawrence and Bathurst 2 years ago I have been searching for solid pub to call my home pub. Have been to the Duke and Yonge and Eg and The Rose at Yonge and Eg. The Duke has better beer than the Rose for sure. Now at the The Rose if you want much other than Keith's on tap you are out of luck. The food at The Duke is slightly better then at the Rose but that is not saying much. With friends we have had several dishes at the Duke.
                                  Fish and chips-Fish was burnt and fries must be frozen
                                  Fries-were cold and from frozen
                                  Burgers-dry and overcooked
                                  Veggie burger-dry and the toppings were disgusting (manufactured guac?)
                                  Calamari-rubbery and overcooked

                                  That being said I prefer The Rose and Crown. They have bands on the weekend, they may not always be good but they are entertaining. The service is better also even when it is crazy busy. It does get very busy on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night though.

                                  Have been to Scruphy Murphy's as well which is on Eglinton East of Yonge just past Philthy's. I hate Philthy's by the way. :)

                                  I am still looking for a bar to call home. Any ideas? I am looking for something a little earthy (why I prefer Rose over the Duke as well) with a mix of old school (read old drunk) regulars and not too youngish crowd. Busy but not so busy you can never get a table. I don't expect fab food as I can get the elsewhere but decent nosh would be nice. By that I mean fresh fries and some food that is not fried.

                                  Rose and Crown
                                  36 Ontario Rd, Mitchell, ON N0K1N0, CA