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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.
JAM PACKEDDEAFENINGLY LOUD

BEST PUB FOR BEER GEEKS »

  • Zoltar

    Beer Bistro??

  • G

    BB is garbage dude.

  • B

    It’s been a long time since Smokeless Joe has had an extensive bottle OR tap list. Sometimes I wonder if anyone actually VISITS these locations or just makes recommendations based on internet reviews from 2004. Anyone who has been to Smokeless Joe in the last year knows that just because there are 20 draft lines, doesn’t mean that there are 20 beer on tap, or anything in the fridge, for that matter. Skip down to BarHop if you’re thirsty.

 

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