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Best Bars: Toronto’s top seven spots to commune over a pint of beer (or three)

BEER
Real Sports Bar and Grill
Darth Maple
BEST PLACE TO WATCH THE LEAFS GO DOWN
Real Sports Bar and Grill

15 York St., 416-815-7325
A sports bar on steroids, Real Sports is a 25,000-square-foot amphitheatre of game-watching excess with 199 HD flat screens, including one that’s two and a half storeys tall. The beer menu is supersized, too. With more than 70 domestic and international options, everyone from the Steam Whistle ($6.50) devotee to the Belgian Früli Strawberry Wheat Ale ($5.75) enthusiast leaves happy. The adventurous can try the beer blends, like Darth Maple ($7.55), which mixes Canadian, Murphy’s Irish Stout and tears of defeat.
PICKUP POTENTIALCOUGARS ON THE PROWLLOTHARIOS IN SUITS

Smashbomb Atomic IPA
BEST LOCAVORE TAP ROOM
Smokeless Joe

488 College St., 416-966-5050
A recent move from the Entertainment District to the College Street strip hasn’t changed much about Smokeless Joe, home to one of Toronto’s biggest beer lists. The rota­tion on the 20 taps is Ontario-heavy, with brews like the fruity Hawaiian-Style Pale Ale ($7) from Toronto’s Spearhead—yes, it’s actually brewed with pineapple—and the hoppy Smashbomb Atomic IPA ($6.75) from Barrie’s Flying Monkeys. The crowd is a little older and wiser than at Little Italy’s surrounding establishments.
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