Places to get a pint in Toronto’s West Queen West

Whether your preference is a no frills dive bar, shooting stick with the gang or moving to the music, these local spots in West Queen West are ready to pour a great pint and stretch your hard-earned dollar.

The Midpoint

1180 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1J5

Every once in a while, it’s good to get out and put on a few dance moves. The Midpoint can help you do just that and keep you on a tight budget, too. They play a variety of music from hip-hop and electro to indie rock and classic but, more importantly, they have cheap pints and a $7 mug-and-a-shot special when you’re in the mood.

The Doneright Inn

861 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1G4

This hidden gem is a low-maintenance bar where you can get a cheap pint while bending a friendly ear. The low-key atmosphere is perfect if you’re looking to avoid the more upscale lounges in the neighbourhood, and their affordable prices add to the attraction. In the summer, they have a laid-back patio for sipping pints in the sun.

Raq N Waq

739 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1G1

What goes better with beer than billiards? The Raq is really the only place to purposefully promote both. With 11 tables and a full bar, you’ll have a great time trying to compete with your friends to see who buys the next round. When the games are done, they also have a lounge and dance floor so your night out doesn’t have to end.


807 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1G1

More of a pub in the traditional sense, Squirly’s is a place for people to get together and tie one on. The atmosphere is easygoing and the decor lands somewhere between tiki bar and rumpus room. More importantly, they have eight beers on tap, and Monday through Wednesday they have select beers on special for less than $5.

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