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A Brewery in Leslieville? Something to get excited about!

Posted by on Feb 15, 2014 in Pubs

As you have probably read in previous posts – we are quite excited about all the changes happening in the Gerrard strip between Jones and Coxwell. The North East corner of Leslieville.  Brickyard Grounds, GAS Gerrard Art Space, Lazy Daisy, Sideshow Cafe, Starbucks, GBK Great Burger Kitchen, McGugans,Aprile Bambina Cucina and many more.    But how does this sound: A great local brewery!      The good folks at Left Field are starting construction shortly and are hosting an open house to show off their new location. Its a cool spot, close to where I live. Down an alleyway.. Almost has a New Yorky Feel.      This alley way is also the newish home to the crew at www.pilotcoffeeroasters.com (Also owners of Te Aro on Queen Street East) .   The east end keeps getting better by the minute...

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McGugans Pre-Grand Opening Success

Posted by on Jan 26, 2012 in Blog, Pubs

The Pre-Grand Opening of McGugans last night was class! It was packed wall to wall and had a great buzz going for hours. City TV news was there to capture the live playing of the bagpipes along with a traditional Scottish reading of “Ode to a Haggis”. This of course was then followed by a very large tasty looking Haggis. The staff was amazingly efficient for such a busy night and served up some extremely tasty nibbles for everyone to sample. It was a pleasure to personally meet the owner Mary McGugan and look forward to many more good times at...

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Lola Bar

Posted by on Jan 19, 2012 in Best of Leslieville, Pubs, Restaurants

Lola Bar Where? 1173 Dundas St. E. (on the southwest corner of Carlaw and Dundas) Located on the ground floor of the I-Zone loft building which happens to be conveniently located at the bottom of my stairs. Owners Grant and Kramer are almost always behind the bar that opens at 5pm everyday but Sunday. This tiny stylish bar is one of my mainstay spots after finishing up deals in the evenings. They have 2 beers on tap both from Mill St and amazing selection of spirits. This venue also features on of the largest patios on the East side that definitely heats up during the summer months. Check out the beautiful aquarium featuring a large selection of African Cichlids for all you aquarium nerds out there. Kramer also does a beautiful job with his gardening on the...

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The Roy Public House

Posted by on Jan 19, 2012 in Best of Leslieville, Pubs, Restaurants

The Roy Public House Where? 894 Queen St E, Toronto 416-465-3331 As I live on Carlaw, the close proximately of the Roy seems to have me walking in there on a weekly basis.  I love that this place is worked by the owners who always make you feel special when you walk through the door.  The staff are also some of my favourite in the city.  An amazing selection of beers on tap – a quiet, intimate atmosphere by day and quite a lively bar scene by night.  I almost never order anything on the menu except for the curried chicken and curried shrimp (to die for).  The other thing that I like about the Roy is that all of their shots are 11/2 ounces and pack a...

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Prohibition Gastro Pub

Posted by on Jan 18, 2012 in Best of Leslieville, Pubs, Restaurants

Prohibition Gastrohouse Where? 696 Queen Street East, Toronto 416-406-2669 They opened approximately 5 years ago by an old friend/colleague of mine, Michael Summerfield.  This large beautiful gastro pub has an amazing oval shaped bar located directly in the centre of the space.  It features tons of carefully chosen beers from around the world as well as an amazing selection of fine spirits.  Beyond this, the food is outstanding.  My personal favourite would be the nachos covered in pulled pork!!!  The grilled cheese is also to die for.  During a mid week day off you can enjoy a pint at the bar being served by none other then Michael’s mother.  The weekend evenings are busy and quite often feature DJ Barbie who is also an old friend.  I enjoy all the staff and strongly recommend this spot! P.S. They also...

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