Grab a pint of beer at these local bars along the Danforth

The Danforth is best known for hosting one of Toronto's largest food festivals, The Taste of the Danforth. But this east end neighbourhood also has a diverse selection of bars where you can order imported ales and local craft brews all year round. We’ve put together this list to help you choose a spot for your next pint.

The Groove Restaurant

1952 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C 1J4

You can’t go wrong by stopping in at The Groove when you need a beer and a bite on the Danforth. In addition to having the classic go-to beers you love, The Groove has a delicious menu of classic pub fare and surprises like pork and beef souvlaki. There’s karaoke on weekends and live comedy from well-known Toronto comedians when you’re looking for a little more entertainment on your nights out.

Eton House

710 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J 1L1

Situated on the corner of Eton Avenue and Danforth, Eton Tavern is a classic old-school bar with lots of character and a great beer selection. The tap list is simple and pared down, so you can get a tasty cold brew after a long day’s work quickly and without having to work your way down a long menu. There’s live music, comedy shows featuring well-known performers and plenty of colourful regulars who’ll give you a lesson in Toronto history if you ask.

The Wren

1382 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J 1M9

The Wren offers a selection of beers that includes plenty of local, all-Canadian indie craft beers. The bottle and can list always contains new American and Belgian beers, so you’re sure to be able to try out something new each time you stop by this Danforth institution. Order a day-drink with brunch at The Wren at least once – the eggs benedict and breakfast burritos are perfect pick-me-ups after a long night out.

The Only Cafe

972 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J 1L9

Located steps away from Donlands Subway Station, The Only Café has been serving local craft and fine import brews for over 30 years. This Danforth gem boasts a selection of more than 230 bottles and cans and 25 local craft brews on tap, so there’s a beer for every taste. The service is impeccable and the staff is always happy to help you choose the perfect drink to suit your mood.

Rails and Ales

1106 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J 1M3

Tucked between Donlands and Greenwood Subway Stations, Rails & Ales Pub is one of the best spots on the Danforth to enjoy a drink with friends when you don’t want to break the bank. You can have your brew on the patio in the summer and on colder days you can have a blast in the bar's cozy interior. You'll also love all the high-definition sports action on the TVs located throughout the bar.

TKO's The Sports Pub

1600 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C 1H6

Located just steps away from Coxwell Subway Station, TKO’s The Sports Pub is a favourite of neighbourhood beer and sports enthusiasts of all stripes. TKO boasts plenty of regulars thanks to its long history in the area, friendly service and great selection of affordable beers. The old-school vibe and cozy interior are perfect for those looking for a quiet and comfortable bar where they can unwind after a hard day at work.

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