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Live music, make their own Beer or excellent beer selection. Recommendation for out of towners needed.

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I'm not a big bar person but this is the request from my future guests. Any recommendations of something along this line would be great. The bier markt came to mind, but they want micropub. Thanks in advance.

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  1. Bellwoods Brewery on Ossington if you're okay with trying to muscle out hipsters at communal tables for seating after waiting an hour and a half in line.

    Granite Brewpub at Mt. Pleasant and Eglinton if you'd like to actually sit down in peace when you get there and enjoy a good beer. (FYI: their Peculiar is one of my favourite beers anywhere.)

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    1. re: biggreenmatt

      Bellwoods makes incredibly tasty beer, don't hate a business because of their clientele or their popularity. I've never waited 1.5 hrs but I don't go on fri/sat nights either.

      Bar Volo is another option, they often have their "house ales".

      no live music at either.

      1. re: biggreenmatt

        Bellwoods Brewery sounds like a nice choice. I am interested in trying their beer myself as well. Much appreciated.

        1. re: biggreenmatt

          The Cloak and Dagger is not a brewpub but has an excellent beer selection including a cask and they most certainly do rock.

        2. I cannot off the top of my head think of anywhere that hits both notes here, most live music venues tend to have a relatively pedestrian beer selection. When you say live music are you after rock, jazz, folk/acoustic indie or something specific?

          Absent any other guidance I would just go to the Horsehoe, well because it's the Horseshoe, arguably the most important non-jazz live music venue in North America that is still in operation.

          If memory serves they also have an acceptable draft selection at the Cadillac Lounge in Parkdale, not great but acceptable.

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          1. re: bytepusher

            I think Mainstream rock would probably be their scene. Thanks so much for your suggestions!

            1. re: ThoughtForFood

              C'est What at Front and Church has a great selection of beer, including a number of cask ales. They also have live music occasionally. Check their website www.cestwhat.ca

              1. re: MattB

                Actually, C'est What is the place that came to my mind for music and beer. Go here: http://www.cestwhat.ca/asp/events.asp , and you'll see that their music schedule is about 4 days/week.

                1. re: Yongeman

                  Good to know, I thought they had stopped the live music a while ago, or I would have suggested it too.

                2. re: MattB

                  Brilliant! This place completely slipped my mind. Thanks!

            2. Not a valid suggestion right now, but I understand Duggan's Brewery will be opening a new location soon-ish. They were going to have live music in the last location before the lights went out. Hopefully this place will have food, music, and, of course, beer.