The Epic Toronto Pub Crawl
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Canada, Toronto Guide (A): The Epic Toronto Pub Crawl

There is no better way to see Toronto’s many different neighborhoods and get a literal taste of the Distillery District, the Esplanade, downtown, the Entertainment District and Yorkville. Plus you’ll learn a little about the bar and get its highlights at your fingertips so you’ll be in the know when it comes to ordering the house specialty. So here's to the best night you'll never remember. Cheers!
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Walk Route

Guide Name: The Epic Toronto Pub Crawl
Guide Location: Canada » Toronto
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (A))
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 3.0 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Mill St. Brewery   The Bier Markt   C'est What   Irish Embassy   Real Sports   Grace O’Malley’s  
Author: Katherine Low
Author Bio: Katherine Low’s passion for travelling and living abroad has taken her to over 30 countries. She works and teaches in journalism and communications and her freelance work has appeared in many national newspapers and magazines. She is based in Toronto, Ontario.
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Mill St. Brewery

1) Mill St. Brewery

Mill St. Brewery opened in 2002 in an original tankhouse and is located in a 19th century Victorian industrial building in the Distillery District. The BrewPub opened in 2006 and has 13 beers on tap. Locals keep coming back for the great food, the range of unique beers and its relaxed atmosphere with a laid-back modern pub feel. Mill Street Brewery has won Canadian Brewery of the year several years running and it’s not hard to see why. Sample one of Mill Street’s many brews to get a taste of why Torontonians love this bar – the Original Organic is a classic staple.
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The Bier Markt

2) The Bier Markt

The Bier Markt is on the Esplanade, just east of downtown. This bar offers more than 100 brands of beer from over 24 countries, so you can’t go wrong! Plus Beer boot Mondays mean $7 for a boot of beer and Vinyl Vednesdays are for classic rock and old school records. This place is usually packed with young people and it’s a great place to sample many different flavours of beer and chat with your neighbours. It also puts on a wicked Oktoberfest party during the last week of October with exclusive beers and authentic Bavarian food. ZÏGGY ZAGGY ZÏGGY ZAGGY, HOY, HOY HOY!
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C'est What

3) C'est What

C'est What Brew/Vin Pub Restaurant is described as “Toronto’s true local flavour in craft beer and comfort food since 1988.” The bar boasts 35 craft brews on tap, whiskies from all over the world, and and also includes select Ontario wines. C’est What calls its menu “ethno-clectic” and it’s a perfect blend with its unique setting - the cellar of an historic building in the St. Lawrence Market area. This bar is also the home of an Internet radio station, whatsnext.ca, featuring independently produced recorded music and all performances from the adjoining performance room. If you’re looking for a unique bar with a definitively Toronto feel, you’ll love C’est What.
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Irish Embassy

4) Irish Embassy

The Irish Embassy is a favourite with Torontonians for its relaxed atmosphere and awesome food. It is located in the heart of the Financial District in an old bank building from 1873. The Irish Embassy has won the best pub award several years running. The bar now also boasts the Dublin Lounge with mahogany-paneled walls, leather furniture and a genuine antique feel. This is also the best place in town to grab an authentic Irish breakfast on weekends and the late-night menu includes incredible dishes such as smoked salmon on soda bread, a Jameson chicken liver plate and Kilkenny battered haddock.
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Real Sports

5) Real Sports

Located just outside the Air Canada Centre, this place is a sports fan’s dream. With 112 taps, 29 beer brands and the largest HD indoor screen in North America, your eyeballs will be begging for mercy by the time you pay the tab. But don’t just take our word for it - ESPN recently named Real Sports North America’s best sports bar. And they know what they’re doing with their drinks – this bar features an 11-page drink menu, so do your homework and prepare yourself ahead of time and you can step right up and order something as basic as a Molson Canadian ($6.25) to something as delicious as a Louis XIII premium cognac for $180.
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Grace O’Malley’s

6) Grace O’Malley’s

This bar features $12 pitchers on Sundays during football games and 10 cent wings on Monday nights – what more could you ask for? This hotspot for live music has a fun Irish theme that goes beyond tacky shamrocks. The awesome bands it features guarantee you will spend the night on the dance floor and its downtown location puts you at the heart of it all. Don't miss the hotdog carts on the corners of the Entertainment District - they are a favourite with even seasoned Torontonian pub crawlers and they always hit the spot! Every trip to Toronto should include a visit to Gracie’s, “Toronto’s Maritime Headquarters.” Céad míle fáilte – one hundred thousand warm welcomes.

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