This true English pub offers a range of popular brews from Guinness to home-fare like Upper Canada lager. For food, there's a supply of chicken and beef pies, sandwiches and snacks. You can catch some seriously great blues, and other acts seven nights a week.
What’s your pleasure? Improv, stand-up or variety shows? The Black Swan has it all, with a very different show every night, including fun takes on TV shows of yesteryear. A weekly drop-in class is held for new stand-up comics and total novices.
If blues and roots is more your thing, then make this Danforth bar the next stop on your list. The locale regularly features bands and artists who plug away for genuine love of their craft instead of sliding towards mass commercialization and you’ll be humming these tunes all the way home. It’s also one of the host venues for Winterfolk, the annual blues and roots festival in Toronto that combines established talent with rising talent.
Want to get funny without a long-term commitment? A drop-in class is perfect, especially when you can enjoy a pint of beer after your efforts. The Danforth’s Black Swan pub has some of the best beers on tap, which is definitely the kind of carrot you want dangling in front of your nose before or after a performance. Classes are 90 minutes long every Saturday from 6 to 7:30 p.m.